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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Reviews

Updated 25 November 2018
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  • "Work / life balance not always great" (in 19 reviews)

  • "more men in decision-making roles and lack of transparency around salary and promotion decisions that systemically disadvantage women" (in 20 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (13)

    "Inspiring place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Officer in Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Program Officer in Seattle, WA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I'm constantly inspired by the work supported by BMGF, which impacts some of the biggest problems in global health. As a private foundation, they can take controversial stances and innovate in ways you often don't see elsewhere in development. I feel lucky to contribute.

    Employees are treated very well. The benefits are amazing

    Cons

    There are the usual office politics, and a lot of credit-seeking driven by individual egos, but I think that is pretty normal in an organization, especially one trying to attract 'the best'.

    Employees are treated very well, sometimes too well (e.g. business class flights), which is uncomfortable when thinking about the geographies we serve and how that money could be better spent.

    Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Response

    3 Aug 2018 – Director, People & Organization Potential

    Our ability to take risks that others can't or won't, to think long-term, and ultimately to innovate in solving some of the world's toughest challenges really is what makes the Gates foundation... More


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Filed work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bhopal
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bhopal
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I m a social worker nd I happy this work in mp state start please

    Cons

    Wow good work organisations

    Advice to Management

    It's good

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Bengaluru
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Bengaluru
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good opportunity in word only Bill Gates foundation

    Cons

    Do the good work for communities

    Advice to Management

    Foundation is going on good way

    Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Response

    27 Nov 2017 – Head of Talent Acquisition and Talent Management

    Thanks for your review. If you'd like to share a bit more about your experience at the foundation, please reach out to me directly. pam.yanchik@gatesfoundation.org


  4. "Leading development sector employer with data focus, potential for impact and great lifestyle"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager/Associate Program Officer in New Delhi
    Former Employee - Project Manager/Associate Program Officer in New Delhi
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Large impact, strategic position, potential for growth

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, hierarchical and excessively focused on communication

    Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Response

    24 Jun 2017 – Head of Talent Acquisition and Talent Management

    Thanks so much for your review. I appreciate both your positive and constructive feedback and hope that you are succeeding in the next chapter in your career.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Deputy Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Delhi
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Delhi
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    High energy, committed colleagues, mission that matter

    Cons

    Inefficient processes, too internal facing, and staffing inadequate for the breadth and level of ambition

    Advice to Management

    Need to simplify process, unlock decision making, and free up staff time to deliver

    Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Response

    9 Nov 2016 – Head of Talent Acquisition and Talent Management

    Apologies for my delay in responding. Thanks for your helpful feedback. As you know, we are working on simplifying our processes and improving our culture. Please continue to provide feedback to the... More


  6. "about software engineer and about its benefits"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Hyderabad
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Hyderabad

    I have been working at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    beneficial , life secure future , benefits in all skills

    Cons

    leadership, intelligency, proficiency and promotions


  7. "It is very honoured to work with such a company which gave me everything and and helps me out in my financial problems.."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Hyderabad
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Hyderabad
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I must say that it is very fantastic to work with a superber b company

    Cons

    I cant tell this its secret .and secrets should not be reveled publicly

    Advice to Management

    our management can do a lot more better than other companies , if developed further new equipments we can do our work fast and better we can beat the other companies

  8. Helpful (12)

    "Senior Program Officer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA (US)
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Bill and Melinda are tackling some of the toughest problems in the world. They do not give up on challenging issues. Employees are mission driven and care about the work they do. Lots of smart people to work with. Great benefits- full year off for paternity/maternity with pay.

    Cons

    US Program senior leadership jumps when Bill raises an eyebrow. There is constant change on the tools used to get the job done. Silly issues like open space and where people sit dominate office politics. Motto is "overthinking analysis" which leads to public paralysis. Most of the work is feeding the machine.

    Advice to Management

    Listen and act to people lower down the food chain in organization. Stop focusing to redoing slide decks 100 times and rewriting memos. Rethink business class flying status that leads to entitlement mentality of certain employees.

    Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Response

    22 Feb 2019 – Director, People & Organization Potential

    Thanks for your candid observations about both the pros/cons working for an organization founded by two of the world's most inspiring and high-striving visionaries!- chris.ernst@gatesfoundation.org... More


  9. "Customer Service"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service in Mary, AL (US)
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Mary, AL (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    all good! I really enjoyed it

    Cons

    none! I cant think of anything

    Advice to Management

    keep working


  10. Helpful (21)

    "So much that's good with a couple of fatal flaw"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Officer in Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Program Officer in Seattle, WA (US)
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Inspiring mission with ability to connect your work every day to that mission
    -Opportunity to do interesting and novel work constantly; if you are willing to lean in to it, you can find tons of ways to add value
    -Amazing benefits - frankly, I can't imagine finding better ones anywhere
    -Smart and motivated colleagues
    -Decent work/life balance (somewhat depends on your team but if you're willing to set personal boundaries, people generally respect them)
    -Senior leadership's priorities are in the right place

    Cons

    -No clear or logical pathways for promotion
    -Job title in the program officer family can feel arbitrarily assigned
    -Visible voices and charisma are valued over quality of work execution; translates into a culture where men are systematically valued over women
    -You need a manager who values your work and advocates for you to move ahead; if you don't have that, you are out of luck
    -They over-hire and hire often without a clear idea of what folks will do when they get there
    -Senior leadership priorities don't always get translated to action that makes sense

    Advice to Management

    Create clear, objective pathways for promotion and assignation of job title that do not overly rely on a strong manager; create clearer processes for justifying headcount, including why a senior vs. non-senior position is needed - without this good people will be wasted in their unclear positions and eventually leave

    Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Response

    22 Feb 2019 – Director, People & Organization Potential

    Thank you for your clear and specific feedback and advice. We will feed this into the current workstream concerning clarifying roles profiles and career pathways. -chris.ernst@gatesfoundation.org