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Austin, TX (US)
51 to 200 employees
1999
Non-profit Organisation
Social Assistance
₹5 to ₹10 billion (INR) per year
Unknown
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

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

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    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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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at MSDF in February 2015.

    Interview

    I think it was a really good experience and a nice process. I was both tested through reskrutteringsprocessen but also think that I learned a lot about myself. I took the course towards the job offer. It is definitely a company I can recommend to anyone. It as a professional and good company with many opportunities. Before the interview make sure to make your research on the company and go through your cv and cover letter.

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