Pew Charitable Trusts

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11 people found this helpful  

Great potential that's thwarted by top-down dysfunction

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Former Employee - Senior Officer in Washington, DC
Former Employee - Senior Officer in Washington, DC

I worked at Pew Charitable Trusts

Pros

Salary and benefits are near the top of the scale for nonprofits. Through its reputation and bankroll, Pew can draw some of the best, and it was a pleasure to work with so many smart, driven, accomplished people.

Cons

The CEO is a brilliant person whose management style is an absolute mismatch for the organization she's grown. Micromanagement and autocracy-by-fear are the rule -- other reviewers here are spot-on. She has a palace guard that's populated by sycophants and a couple of sociopaths. Pew still gets some great things done in spite of it all, but it's a shame that it can't reach a higher level. The only thing in Pew's way is Pew. I saw people reprimanded for winning outside awards for their work, and the approval process for legal/personnel/communications documents is awful. The recent top-to-bottom communications review hasn't solved problems, and may have actually made some worse.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Step aside, Rebecca, before you dismantle all the good things you've built. Pray that your Board never reads all the employee reviews posted here. Don't order people to go home if they're wearing the wrong style shoes (really). And be ready for the book or magazine exposé that someone's eventually going to write.

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    A group of very smart people doing good work for the community

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Pew Charitable Trusts

    Pros

    The chance to work with experts in their fields. Very good benefits.

    Cons

    Lots of process. Often, not efficient.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to incorporate business plans into front end of new project development.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 14 people found this helpful  

    Biggest mistake of my career

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC

    I worked at Pew Charitable Trusts

    Pros

    The benefits are excellent and the paid time off policy is really generous (if your boss doesn't guilt you into not taking it). The employees are smart and motivated plus the location is the best in town.

    Cons

    The CEO doesn't trust anyone and she micromanages every aspect of the organization. Never in your life will you hear the name of a CEO mentioned so much in day-to-day conversation regarding small matters that should never make it up to the CEO's office-- "Rebecca doesn't like for employees to put their sweaters on the back of their chairs". She runs every aspect of the organization. It's like the old tv shows when someone goes to a small town and one person is everything in that town and puts on a different hat to depict different roles--one hat at the gas station, another hat when taking your bags at the hotel, then a different hat at the diner. Well, the CEO should probably just fire everyone and do everything in the organization since that is what she does anyway. The DC office is completely white (white walls, white desks, and even the floors are a shade of white). Plus all of the conference rooms are glass and it's as though you're in a fish bowl whenever you're in a meeting. It's very distracting when people walk by and makes it difficult to concentrate on the topic at hand. Everyone feels fortunate to join such a distinguished organization, but it doesn't take long to feel as though you've made the biggest mistake of your career. If you stay too long you will lose your ability to make decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't create a bunch of new positions only to get rid of them a few months later. When you hire smart people let them use their intelligence to benefit the organization. Leading my fear will only lead to resentment and an unhappy staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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