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Updated 17 February 2019
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  1. Helpful (7)

    "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)


  2. "An amazing mission-driven organization"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at MSDF full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Working on hard problems. Talented people. Global reach. Interesting projects.

    Cons

    Little "modern" work flexibility. Operates like an 'old tech company' when you could not work anywhere because technology didn't exist to do so.

    Advice to Management

    You will have a difficult time recruiting younger generations without the basic expectations of working where/whenever are met.

  3. "Great place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Dell Program Ambassador in Austin, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Dell Program Ambassador in Austin, TX (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at MSDF full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, office culture, and very caring management.

    Cons

    Not much upward mobility within company.


  4. "Software Developer"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at MSDF as a contractor

    Pros

    Awesome workplace, people. everybody is nice and helpful.
    a lot of free food and snacks. People are very skilled and professional

    Cons

    I didn't see any cons over 6months


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great mission and smart people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MSDF full-time

    Pros

    Great mission
    Amazing healthcare benefits
    Some super smart people
    Treadmill desks

    Cons

    Not a lot of growth opportunities
    Lots of internal maneuvering to get things done


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Where careers go to die"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Austin, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Austin, TX (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at MSDF full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good salary, nice facility, decent perks, benefits and vacation, most coworkers are good people who are easy to work with.

    Cons

    If you're into showing up and doing your job vs. spending most of your time convincing others of your implied value, you will be seen as a threat and marginalized.

    Advice to Management

    Have a looser grip, stop putting the wrong people in charge of technology projects.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Great learning experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX (US)

    I worked at MSDF  (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great office. Everyone is very friendly.

    Cons

    No room for growth since it is a small company.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "great company and colleagues"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MSDF full-time

    Pros

    great campus, great salary, good communication

    Cons

    no help from management, need better team skills


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Amazing place for entrepreneurial types to try to change the world."

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    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at MSDF full-time

    Pros

    Mature enough organization to be properly resourced, young enough that experimentation is still allowed. Lots of smart, driven colleagues. Unusual commitment to on the ground work overseas.

    Cons

    Heavy focus on education IT systems, with the confidence to take long term bets, even if short term indicators raise questions. If you're a true believe in tech in ed, this is not a con, but if it's not your thing, it might feel constraining.

    Advice to Management

    The wonderful values of a flat organization mean a real resistance to assigning different titles to program officers. Externally however, this can really set back programme officer impact. I also don't like titles per se, but I accept that it is part of the social sector / philanthropic world. Despite the trade offs, I think the foundation should accept if it wants its employees to have maximum external leverage, it needs to give them job titles that reflect this.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "inspirational"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at MSDF full-time

    Pros

    The people made it great

    Cons

    Sometimes focus would change rapidly