Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Management reviews
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I had three managers over 10 years. Each one was different. Your experience depends completely on your manager and micro-culture. Without changing departments, I found myself in an unhealthy situation with two levels too many of middle management because there was no where for people to advance to. A typical complaint that I echo: They put people in management that have no business being there. Then these people learn by making mistakes effecting your career. C-level management is caring and attentive as possible, but it grew so large (I started when it was about 200 employees and left when it was more than 2,000) that the people making the rules aren't able to tell if anything is actually good or bad in the ranks. Additionally, while the idea is to go there and change the world, there has become a sickening culture of entitlement. For example, the outrage when the parental leave went from 52 wks paid time off to 26 wks PLUS $20k. People were up in arms. Or heaven forbid they put a free snack out that you're allergic to! I even had a woman complain to me that the free cupcakes celebrating valentines day were offensive because we humans consume too much sugar...and she was 100% straight-faced serious. Add all of this to the general culture of taking credit for others' ideas and getting ahead by putting others down, just be careful going in. It's not as golden and glossy as it appears from the outside.
Overall, I loved my time at the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation. The mission can't be beat but work life balance is very challenging to achieve depending on what your role is and what team you are on. Effective people management still continues to evolve as many people managers were hired for their knowledge and expertise and effective people management/leadership skills tends to be less of a priority during the hiring process.
The workplace was a great place to be, Everyone worked well together. And the work flow was nice. I learned great time management and organization. Also, How to interact with people and work with others i don't normally do on a daily bases
Free lunches, Great people, Good management
A challenging place to work as it was growing dramatically when I was there. Management plans were drafted on a biweekly basis as the foundation grew. Scholars and doctors were put in place as managers with no relevant supervisory experience. Mission drives the foundation and binds it together. Foundation-wide inspirational pep talks are given by Foundation leaders when staff are flagging from the volume of work and frequent long distance travel. That said, here are real opportunities to "make a difference" on serious issues, Seattle is a good place to live. Pay and benefits are generous. The perspective is sometimes more corporate than philanthropic.
home prices in Seattle v. expensive
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.
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.
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.
Management loyalty to employees
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.
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
Firing of talented staff with no notice
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.
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.
Benefits and Mission
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.
Amazing benefits and everyone is there because they want to make the world a better place
Lack of professional development opportunities, managers aren't trained to be managers - they just are managers
The typical day at work commence with daily meeting with senior colleagues and other partners to review the challenges observed at the field. Working in collaboration with other partners to learn from their experience is one of the major success i learned from the organization. The management were friendly and always ready to assist individuals. The workplace culture is conducive. The hardest part of the job is trying to achieve target deliverables especially with regard to improving RI coverage and strengthening disease surveillance. The most enjoyable part of the job is reaching my target deliverables
The mission you're a part of is excellent as are the benefits. The compensation's a little lower than normally would be expected, but that's normal considering it's a non-profit albeit the world's largest private one. The culture was once family-oriented, but as the organization's grown, its employees are the ones who feel the growing pains - not management. The worst part is that most don't see the negative effects coming until it's too late. Management doesn't really tend to support underlings much except for using lip service as a placebo despite a constant theme of asking for feedback - that gets nothing positive done. If the wrong buttons are pushed, the right ones are enacted to punish you for doing your job.
The organization's mission, its benefits, and working with some great people.
Locked into your role, no advancement, poor management, lack of transparency.
The foundation is a wonderful organization in many many ways: inspiring mission, rigorous focus, creative, and many many strong people. In some ways it may be too ambitious. The foundation needs to sharpen HR processes, invest in management, and strengthen internal connections.
Wonderful mission and excellent benefits
HR processes need work. The managerial strength of the staff is uneven.