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Austin, TX (US)
51 to 200 employees
1999
Non-profit Organisation
Social Services
₹5 to ₹10 billion (INR) per year
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The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation (www.msdf.org) is dedicated to improving the lives of children living in urban poverty around the world. With offices in Austin, TX and New Delhi, India, and Cape Town, South Africa, the Dell family foundation funds programs ... Read more

MSDF Reviews

  • Helpful (8)

    "good place to work if you are a very driven person yourself and passionate about making a difference."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    flexibility to suggest new ideas, micro management is not common, comfortable working environment

    Cons

    there are issues with trust, a group of "leaders" call the shots with little tolerance for some one outside that group expressing a divergent perspective, very limited growth opportunities, career path very unclear and almost non existent for program officers, typical program officer tenure is quite short (around 2 years) perhaps because there are hardly any growth opportunities, performance appraisal is very subjective and a lot of it is based on how employees talk about their own achievements. the human resource function seems almost non-existent (beyond hiring not sure what they do)

    Advice to Management

    build trust, value employees who perform well and reward them with career growth opportunities (only financial incentives are not adequate for retaining strong performers), make the process of decision making more transparent and inclusive so employees do not feel that major changes have just been imposed on them (given the relatively small size of the team this is especially important), performance reviews should be more thorough and also include anonymous feedback from grantees/investees for program officers (so that it is not a case of a program officer saying for themselves what a great job they have done in transforming an organisation!), there needs to be tolerance of divergent perspectives including those that might be contrary to what the senior management believes, managers should take into consideration not only how an employee interacts with them but equally how he/she interacts with juniors and peers (in the current scenario you really only need to be good at upward management)

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MSDF Interviews

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    Senior Software Developer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX (US)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at MSDF (Austin, TX (US)).

    Interview

    This was by far one of the best interviewing processes I've experienced as a candidate. From the first phone screen through my acceptance of the offer the communication and professionalism by everyone I interacted with went above and beyond expectations.

    The process definitely took some time, there was a phone screen, video interview with hiring manager, and two on site interviews. I appreciated how thorough their process is as it gave plenty of time to digest each stage and make sure it would be a great fit on both sides.

    It was always clearly communicated what the next step was and when I should hear back. Itineraries were always provided for the onsite so I knew who I was meeting with and their names and titles. It was clear that the organization took the interviewing process very seriously and there was a high attention to detail while feeling friendly, engaging, and professional.

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