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Organized and efficient working with consultants.
Operations / Project Management (Former Employee) –  Seattle, WADecember 15, 2018
I was a contractor working on a grant review process involving stakeholder interviews worldwide. The team I worked with was organized and efficient throughout the process.
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Exceptional colleagues, work environment and benefits
Legal Project Coordinator for General Counsel (Former Employee) –  Seattle, WAOctober 10, 2018
Was provided the opportunity to travel internationally and learn about third world and underdeveloped countries that otherwise I would not have had the chance to experience.
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Benefits - Flexible work hours / remote work option
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Located in Seattle
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Mission driven organization
annonymous (Current Employee) –  Seattle, WAOctober 3, 2018
This is an organization that is driven by its mission and the impact that it makes. Organization is intense and requires high level of commitment as it is constantly changing itself internally.
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Benefits, compensation
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Intense, ever changing
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4.0
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Great Organziatio
Deputy Director (Former Employee) –  Seattle, WAMay 23, 2018
Good place to work, employees are passionate about the organization's mission, Great benefits and work life balance. Very environmentally conscious.
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3.0
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You can make a difference at the BMGF but is it worth the personal price you pay.
Sr. Program Officer (Former Employee) –  Seattle, WAMay 22, 2018
The BMGF provides a good opportunity to make a difference in Global Health because of its large endowment and ability to invest substantial capital into projects. However the BMGF Culture, Management and work life balance are not so good. Everyone is eventually forced out of the organization no matter how good of a job you do.
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Great Benefits, Work Culture and Advancement needs work
Program Coordinator (Current Employee) –  Seattle, WAMay 6, 2018
The Gates Foundation does amazing things and has great potential, but shouldn't be a place someone plans to have a career. Advancement opportunities are limited and extremely competitive. Management needs a lot of work.
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Management
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Great place to be if you have the right manager.
Sr. Administrative Assistant, Office of the CIO (Current Employee) –  Seattle, WAApril 24, 2018
There are handful of managers you do not want to work for. Overall, it is the best place to work in Seattle, but just like everywhere else, you have some managers who feel entitled to be as nasty as they can.
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fun and productive place to work
Summer Intern (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCApril 22, 2018
Very productive and positive environment. Workers were all so nice and helpful and always willing to assist others. I would definitely recommend this program.
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4.0
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Great world mission
Systems Administrator -Atos (Current Employee) –  Seattle, WAApril 4, 2018
the foundation has many moving parts and each with a vital mission. this makes working here a challenge to help everyone. Some days are quiet while other days are busy trying to make sure that the foundations mission is heard around the world.
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Non-Profit Family Foundation Run like Microsoft
Security Analyst (Former Employee) –  Seattle, WAMarch 4, 2018
I worked here for six years before being laid off in a poorly communicated departmental re-organization cloaked in subterfuge and interdepartmental backstabbing. So much for "All Lives Have Equal Value."
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5.0
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Very productive and rewarding place to work
Manager, Protective Operations (Current Employee) –  Seattle, WAFebruary 24, 2018
I learned alot about the programs that drive the vision of the Co Chairs of the Foundation. The workplace culture was very driven and loyal. Hardest part of the job was the travel.
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Management loyalty to employees
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5.0
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Productive and fun environment
Performance Management Support Intern (Former Employee) –  Seattle, WAJanuary 26, 2018
The mangers and the employees are friendly and the job expectations are clear. People are always ready to help. I would love to go back and work there.
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2.0
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Great benefits, very poor management and HR
Anonymous (Current Employee) –  Seattle, WAJanuary 2, 2018
The mission of the foundation is admirable and the benefits unmatched anywhere else.
Upper management is uncaring, managing up and throwing everyone else under the bus. HR management is really poor and the laughing joke around the company.
Until HR is revamped, upper management held accountable, and the culture less toxic, I would not recommend working here.
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Cannot recomment this non profit as a good place to work
Research Assistant (Former Employee) –  Eugene, ORNovember 9, 2017
Programmers, executive assistant to the president, and other staff were asked to leave without any notice. It was very difficult to loose talented staff with whom you had built a relationship.

I was assigned the Gates Foundation project until funding was depleted, followed by being assigned to the AP Course Audit. I wrote technical use code after programmers shared what to do.

I left that employment because the culture was cold and unwelcoming
Pros
National travel
Cons
Firing of talented staff with no notice
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A Managed Services Company, not effectively Managed
Audio Video Operations Engineer (Current Employee) –  Seattle, WAOctober 3, 2017
A challenging IT environment from a Managed Services perspective. Little direction, integration, and collaboration from the full time staff, and lots of bureaucracy from an employer standpoint.

Could be so much better.
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Amazing salary and benefits; No job security, advancement, and highly competitive
Program Officer (Current Employee) –  Seattle, WAAugust 28, 2017
The Gates Foundation is the cream of the crop for those interested in changing the world. The overall benefits package is amazing, as is the salary for non-profit work. It is very challenging to get into the foundation, but once you're in be prepared for a highly competitive environment, often poor management, and increasing job insecurity. You have the humbling experience of working with some of the most brilliant people in the world - which is fantastic but also cause for feeling like an "imposter." The foundation prides itself on making "big bets" - investing in innovation that can change the world. Because of that, strategies change often and re-orgs happen almost on a yearly basis. Since joining the foundation two years ago, but team has undergone three re-orgs and has laid off 25 people. Morale is low.
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4.0
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amazing and a long way to go
Officer, Grants and Contracts Management (Former Employee) –  Seattle, WAAugust 17, 2017
During the previous five years I have worked at Gates I have met the most amazing game changes in the field. Beauitful building, robust benefits, unmatched mission AND the resorces and connections to make an impact. The culture is fast paced which is great to get stuff done but often lacks the reflective time to fully gain lessons learned leading to repeating approaches. Show up ready to give your all!
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4.0
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Great Mission. Needs to improve internal workings
Employee (Former Employee) –  Seattle, WAJuly 21, 2017
Great Mission.
Outstanding Benefits.
Needs to improve internal workings, leadership, management, shifting priorities, internal systems.
Too much micromanagement of strategy and grantees, with as much funds as the foundation has it is far too cautious and always thinking they are right or know the right way to do things.
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Benefits and Mission
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Internal Management
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Working for the boss, but in a very political environment
Senior Program Assistant (Former Employee) –  Seattle, WAJuly 10, 2017
No matter how stressful your day, you turn to loo at "the boss" and you know you're doing your job for the right reasons. The boss is a young African child bathing/sitting in a blue bucket and SHE is who we work for. She is the exact person we are working to provide a healthy and productive life to.
The foundation unfortunately is extremely political and difficult to get things with such a process oriented internal system. Some ideas and projects take weeks just to get approved because so many people have to touch the work before it's ok'ed. That can be very difficult when you just want to help the girl in the blue bucket.
Pros
Amazing benefits and everyone is there because they want to make the world a better place
Cons
Lack of professional development opportunities, managers aren't trained to be managers - they just are managers
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5.0
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Great place
Economist (Current Employee) –  Seattle, WADecember 2, 2016
Smart people. Everybody is invested in their roles, and the organization is uniquely positioned to have a global impact on diseases and eradication. I'm grateful to be a part of BMGF.
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