Amazing salary and benefits; No job security, advancement, and highly competitive
Program Officer (Current Employee) – Seattle, WA – August 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.