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Pew has jumped the shark...

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

I worked at Pew Charitable Trusts full-time

Pros

Pew's benefit package is generous to most, its reputation for solid, nonpartisan work is strong, and its intended mission is admirable.

Cons

Working at Pew, from an operations standpoint, is a challenging experience. Process and politics often get in the way of - and frequently dismantle - its mission. There has been a incredible growth spurt in the last five years, and as a result, new management hires often lack the historical knowledge (and the humility) to properly or efficiently do their jobs. Arranging and attending meetings now seems to be the marker of progress, rather than actual results; and advanced degrees stand in poor substitute for real effectiveness and business intelligence. High turnover and numerous layoffs have crippled Pew's attempts to get back on track operationally after implementing an organization-wide system (ill-designed to manage Pew's business from the start).

Ultimately, it seems Pew has lost sight of the values of its founders. Its high-profile work, while laudable, has completely overshadowed the smaller, community-based grantmaking programs, and racks up excessive administrative expenses while doing so. There is a constant refrain from the CEO about Pew employees being "good stewards," but practice doesn't quite align with the preaching. And while growing pains are to be anticipated when an organization experiences the kind of expansion Pew has in the last 5 years, it's also not unreasonable to expect that a employer of this size and scope would plan intelligently and effectively for it, focusing on *both* the success of its programs *and* the satisfaction of its employees. For all of its prized research, Pew should know that happy employees make for effective organizations.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Practice what you preach, and start by preaching the truth to your employees.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Other Reviews for Pew Charitable Trusts

  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    yes you can make a difference

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Pew Charitable Trusts for more than a year

    Pros

    Fantastic benefits and really interesting work. The people are great and if you want to work in a non-profit without taking the risk that the place will fold, this is the place.

    Cons

    Pew has grown very rapidly and the systems show it. Budget systems have now improved, communications and approvals for reports have been streamlined, but the contracting process is still slow and cumbersome. There's still no real internal communications function so the junior staff can be gossipy and cliquey.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep fixing processes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    Frustrated

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Pew Charitable Trusts full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Benefits; Working for a prestigious name

    Cons

    I couldn't agree more with the other reviews here. Pew hires smart, driven people. I was lured away from another DC non-profit. Biggest mistake in my career track.
    Pew is obsessed with optics and not interested in actually doing any substantive work. It is a pity since they have enormous resources and could really make a contribution if they want.
    Politics and paranoia is rife. Decision-making is arbitrary and there are no set processes for anything. In my time there I never went through a different process each time I needed something approved because it kept changing. It is maddening. The organization is top-heavy and managers do more editing and "fact" checking than any original work. Get used to meetings for everything and meeting multiple times for even the most mundane issues. There is the unwritten code of conduct which folks are only too happy to tell you about (no closed shoes, number of plants allowed etc.). I was prepared for the bureau"crazy" but was frustrated with the lack of direction and/or leadership.
    Pew hires smart folks and then suffocates them by not letting them do real work.
    The sheen of Pew wears off really fast.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The word is out on the street , so shape up or risk tarnishing your brand.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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