Pew Charitable Trusts
2.6 of 5 74 reviews
www.pewtrusts.org Philadelphia, PA 500 to 999 Employees

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Pew has jumped the shark...

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Philadelphia, PA

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

ConsWorking 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 Senior ManagementPractice what you preach, and start by preaching the truth to your employees.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    yes you can make a difference

    Manager (Current Employee)
    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… 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… Advice to Senior Management: Keep fixing processes. Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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    Frustrated

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    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… Advice to Senior Management: The word is out on the street , so shape… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More
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