Pew Charitable Trusts

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The emperor has no clothes! - Great Reputation. Disfunctional CEO.

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Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC

I worked at Pew Charitable Trusts full-time (more than an year)

Pros

Great reputation and great issues. Employee pay and benefits are the near the best for non-profits. . Smart, motivated and hardworking colleagues that are often the best in their field. A great resume builder. Nice offices and location in DC.

Cons

Micromanagement from the CEO has created a ridiculously broken and beurocratic approval system for everything including the most trivial issues. There is no dedication to support employees long term. Most employees feel like their position could be cut at any moment. Turn over is ridiculously high. The best and brightest in their fields are not given the responsibility to make decisions.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

The board needs a world-wide search to find a CEO that will give the employees the opportunity to do their jobs. When they do, they will meet their goal of changing the world in their chosen issue areas.

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  1. 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 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
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