We offer some of the most generous benefits you’ll find in any industry or sector. Our goal is to ensure the well-being of our employees and their families and offer the kinds of flexibility and autonomy that allow people to do their best work and also thrive in their home and personal lives. We provide comprehensive health coverage, unlimited paid time off, generous retirement contributions, and much more.

Employees from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation pose with Anita Zaidi in front of a large wall of pop-up art on Seattle’s Pier 62 at an event focused on gender justice and the Generation Equality Forum (GEF), a global gathering happening the same week in Seattle, Washington on June 30, 2021.

Core benefits for our U.S.-based employees

  • Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision coverage* for employees, their spouses or domestic partners, and children up to age 26
    • Premiums 100% paid by the foundation
    • No annual deductible
    • Flexible spending accounts available
  • Dental coverage includes orthodontic care.
  • Vision coverage includes corrective eye surgery
  • Fertility treatment coverage up to four cycles
  • Free primary care clinic onsite at our Seattle campus

* The Transparency in Coverage Final Rules require group health plans to disclose on a public website information regarding in-network provider rates and historical out-of-network allowed amounts and billed charges for covered items and services in two separate machine-readable files (MRFs). The MRFs for the benefit package options under the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Welfare Benefits Plan are linked here. The plan reserves the right to change or terminate benefits or the plan(s) at any time.

  • Foundation retirement contribution of 15% of the employee’s salary, up to the IRS maximum
  • Foundation-paid life insurance equal to four times the employee’s annual salary
  • Foundation-paid short-term and long-term disability insurance
  • Foundation-paid identity theft insurance for employees and dependents
  • Alternative transportation subsidies
  • Optional discounted legal insurance, additional life insurance, long-term care insurance, pet insurance, auto insurance, and home insurance
  • Employee discount programs
  • Business travel assistance and accident coverage
  • Unlimited paid time off for vacation, illness, caregiving, or other personal/family needs
  • Foundation closure on most major holidays and two weeks at the end of the year
  • Onsite fitness center on the Seattle campus, with live and virtual fitness classes and free personal training
  • Up to 26 weeks paid continuous parental bonding leave, with $20,000 child care stipend upon return to work
  • Up to 12 weeks paid caregiver leave
  • Adoption and surrogacy assistance, up to $20,000 each
  • Backup care for children and adults, with copay
  • Online support and consultations for families with children who have developmental disabilities or learning, social, or behavioral challenges

Employees in our international offices

Employees based in our non-U.S. locations receive competitive salaries and generous benefits that reflect local practices in that country.

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