At Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 81 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 690 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 2.20. It was published on Sep 4, 2017. 10721 Visitors

What Employees Say

We have special and unique benefits here.
Our facilities contribute to a good working environment.
I'm proud to tell others I work here.
I feel good about the ways we contribute to the community.
My work has special meaning: this is not "just a job".

What They Do

We asked Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

We believe all lives have equal value. We work to create a world where every person has the opportunitiy to live a healthy, productive life. 

About this Company

Website: Industry: Other
US Headquarters: Seattle, Washington, 98119 US Sites: 2
Major Locations: Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, 20005 US Employees: 1,361
Employees Worldwide: 1,531 Corporate Structure: Non-Profit
Founded: 2000

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has been awarded:

Best Workplaces for Giving Back 2018 (ranked 9)

Employees Take a Moment to Celebrate

Perks and Programs

We asked Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • 12-month Parental Leave: Our new parental leave program will offer up to 52 weeks of paid time-off for both moms and dads during the first year of a child’s birth or adoption. This enhancement to our current program allows new parents the ability to participate more fully in their children’s lives, while also allowing the flexibility and certainty to balance the needs of their growing families without anxiety over work or finances. Ultimately, our parental leave program is focused on healthier babies, parents who are able to thrive professionally, and building strong and resilient families.
  • Unlimited Time Off: Employees will be able to confidently take time off without concern about their accrued sick leave or vacation, returning to work more focused and productive to take on the foundation’s boldest aspirations.
  • Foundation Cares Charitable Matching: The three main components of our foundation cares program are: 1) Dollars-for-Doers, whereby employees can donate time to the organization of their choice and the foundation will provide the qualifying non-governmental organization $25 for every hour volunteered; 2) Board Service, whereby when serving on a qualifying non-governmental organization board, employees are not required to use PTO for time devoted to these activities. This time can be matched as volunteer time; and 3) Charitable Matching, where we offer a the 3:1 financial match for all qualifying charitable donations.
  • Foundation Alumni Network: The foundation launched a formal Alumni Network in conjunction with the foundation’s 15th Anniversary in 2015. This network is an opt-in opportunity for all former employees, including fellows and interns. Our goal for the network is simple: With it, we hope to deepen the connection between the foundation, its employees and its alumni around a shared vision for a world in which all lives have equal value so that the foundation and its alumni have an even greater impact in the sector and their fields together than they would alone.
  • Employee Resource Groups: Employee resource groups play an integral part in the foundation’s diversity, equity, and inclusion strategy by advancing cultural humility, connecting with diverse talent, and creating supportive spaces. Our five employee resource groups are open to all foundation employees, regardless of identity or characteristics.
  • Environmental Stewardship Program: ​​The Environmental Stewardship Program (ESP) focuses on innovating to minimize our resource consumption, rigorously tracking and evaluating our environmental footprint, and collaborating with employees and partners to work toward our vision of a sustainable future. Employee education and engagement is vital for the success of the foundation’s Environmental Stewardship Program. Our goal is for each employee to understand that he or she is an environmental steward. To engage and educate our employees, we hold an annual Earth Day event, share information through newsletters and an online portal, and created a video about the program and easy actions that employees can take to minimize their own environmental footprint.
  • The Year One Success Program: The Year One Success Program is intended to help employees establish a regular dialogue with their manager, and successfully adapt to working with their new team. The program consists of a conversation guide for a new hire and manager to engage in over the first year of employment and quarterly newsletters to new employees guiding them through expectations and resources at the appropriate times.
  • The Secondment Program: The Secondment Program provides a consistent, foundation-wide approach for transferring employees to or from external organizations for a specified duration – typically 12 to 24 months. Each secondment is designed uniquely to support the missions of the foundation and achieve milestones that support our work, and may be applicable to both programmatic and support functions (such as IT, Legal, Finance, or HR), depending on the business need. The exchange of skills and expertise provides essential collaboration and capacity building with our partner organizations. When properly arranged and managed, secondment assignments may be leveraged as an opportunity to provide meaningful developmental experiences for our employees to expand their capabilities and deepen their knowledge of, and appreciation for, partner organizations within our non-profit eco-system.
  • Milestone Anniversary Awards: Employees who reach a 5 year service increment with the foundation will receive a gift in recognition of the employee’s commitment to the foundation. Employees celebrating a milestone anniversary of 5, 10, 15 or 20 years of service will be given the opportunity to make a meaningful charitable gift to a nonprofit organization of their choice in the amount of $5k, $10k, $15k or $20k, commensurate with their anniversary and funded by the foundation. The program is open to all full-time employees at the foundation celebrating a milestone anniversary, including our global offices.


100% Company-paid health coverage for employees 100% Company-paid health coverage for dependents
100% Company-paid health coverage for part-timers 20 hours Weekly hours required for part-timers to receive health insurance
Employees Engage at an Unplugged Talk


Unlimited Paid time off after one year of full-time employment 365 days Paid time off after one year of part-time employment
Unlimited Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment 365 days Paid sick days after one year of part-time employment
Unlimited Paid time off as of first day of full-time employment 365 days Paid time off as of first day of part-time employment


  • Flexible schedule (70% use it)
  • Telecommute option (25% use it)
  • Job sharing (1% use it)
  • Compressed work weeks
  • Subsidized On- or Off-site Fitness (100% have access)
  • Medical facilities (only at headquarters)
  • Onsite Amenities (Free public transportation passes plus daily reimbursement for using alternatives to single vehicles 3:1 charitable donation matches to max of $30k annually Foundation-wide volunteer day and $25 match to every hour of other volunteer time Onsite cafeteria featuring farm to fork and global cuisine Brewed Starbucks coffee in all breakrooms Free healthy snacks & chocolate; juices, milk, sodas Onsite medical clinic & wellness coaches Onsite gym, fitness trainer and lockers Dry cleaning pick up/drop off Game room Spacious in-city campus with substantial outdoor space Weekly lunchtime Summer Concerts in the Campus Heart Frequent high profile speakers from politics, entertainment, government, journalism, etc. Secondment program providing career enhancing opportunity to work with one of our partners for one to two years Spot awards, L.O.V.E. machine recognition rewards Sit-to-Stand desks, ergonomic stations Infertility, adoption and surrogacy benefits)


365 days Job-protected maternity leave (including FMLA/STD) 365 days Fully-paid maternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)*
329 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take365 days Job-protected paternity leave (including FMLA)
365 days Fully-paid paternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)*262 days Average length of paternity leave new fathers take
$20,000 Adoption benefit365 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents (including FMLA)*
365 days Fully-paid parental leave for adoptive parents (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
*Employees are not required to use all their personal paid time off before taking parental leave. All employees are eligible for parental leave benefits.


  • On-site or near-site backup childcare center
  • Childcare reimbursement during business travel
  • Lactation room(s)
  • Paid sick leave to care for a child or relative


  • Mental health care
  • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)
  • Fertility treatments

Community and Environmental Impact

2,080 hours Paid time off to volunteer $9,522,950 Philanthropic donations in last year
$6,734,828 Total company-matched employee donations in last year Program Manager, Environmental Stewardship Program Leads environmental impact team
Third-Party Conducted Environmental impact audit 2 LEED certified building(s)
Yes Sustainable commuting program Yes Renewable energy program
Yes Carbon offset program Yes Recycling program
Yes Locally-sourced food program


  • Executive Recruiter, Talent Acquisition is responsible for the success of formal recruiting and retention diversity goals
  • Written policy prohibits discrimination based on (at a minimum) age, disability, race/ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender and sexual orientation
  • Formal programs (such as resource groups, mentorship, networking, or other affinity groups) support professional development for: Under-represented racial/ethnic minority groups; Women; Lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender employees
  • 12 events a year connect employees with peers from different racial/ethnic, religious or country-of-origin identities
  • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave
  • Medical care covers gender confirmation surgery

Leadership Diversity


Workforce Diversity

Day of Caring


Celebrating in the campus atrium

How to Get Hired

We asked Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.

What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?

In order to create the impact we want to see in the world, our work is anchored by our values: Optimism, Collaboration, Rigor, and Innovation. Through a robust assessment process, we identify candidates from a diverse talent pool who demonstrate our desired cultural behaviors:


Show Respect: approach relationships with inclusion, kindness, curiosity, humility.

Offer Trust: enable collaboration, risk-taking, empowerment, growth, accountability.

Be Transparent: clarify roles and expectations and communication decisions.

Create energy: engage each other in the joyful, continuous pursuit of becoming our best, authentic selves.


Our agreements are not just words on paper but actions that reinforce each other. We hold ourselves and each other accountable, and learn and grow from our experiences. Thus, we have an uncompromising focus on hiring for desired culture. We seek individuals who have a clearly articulated desire and commitment of shared accountability to achieving our vision and desired culture.


What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

Employee Referrals: We thrive when we work with great people and who better than a current employee or alumni to make a recommendation on your behalf. While we accept referrals of all types in all of our offices around the world, referrals for open, posted roles is the best way to showcase your experience and raise awareness to your interest in the foundation.   Talent Networks: Join our Talent Networks by following us on LinkedIn, Glassdoor, Twitter and Facebook to stay abreast of program updates, learn about positions we are hiring for and upcoming alumni events.   Global Community: We cannot do this work alone, thus, we also encourage individuals with a passion for the work we do to also look at our grantee organizations for opportunities to contribute their skills and talents. Check out our website for Grantee Profiles and resources on working in Philanthropy.

Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?

We believe creating the culture we need for the impact we want starts with hiring and retaining talent with the widest diversity of thought, experience and backgrounds. Our focus is:

  • Talent Plans -  creating actionable plans with an eye on mitigating bias, growing inclusive leaders and creating a culture of belonging. 
  • Global Workforce Planning - in addition to finding global talent externally for our regional offices, we are also making progress in creating global opportunities for existing employees.
  • Parental Leave Backfills – in support of our 52-week paid parental leave program, continuing to provide meaningful development rotational opportunities for employees (34 internal moves to-date) as well as to leverage the expertise of alumni (4 returns to-date).
  • Interns & Fellows – continuing to build on the success of these programs to provide exposure to career opportunities in the philanthropic sector while developing future leaders and diverse candidate pipelines for future hiring needs

What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?

We seek talent with the right mix of experience, discipline, and humility needed to help us accomplish our goals. At the foundation, our people address the most challenging inequities, in our region, our country, and the world, contributing their best on behalf of our global effort. It is work that not only relies upon candidates with solid educations and related experience, but also a rare dedication to the greater good that exceeds the importance of a specific title.


We strongly encourage you to:

  • Visit to understand our work, our grantees, and our partners.
  • Search our listing of open positions, apply online, or check the status of applications by visiting our Careers site at
  • Join our Talent Networks by following us on LinkedIn, Glassdoor, Twitter and Facebook.

hiring Outlook

185 Forecasted positions to fill in coming year 5% Job Growth
81 Average applicants per opening 22,413 Total job applicants
19% New hires by employee referrals 15% Openings filled by current employees
6% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees 43% Voluntary turnover for part-time employees
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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