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Culture kills, but smart people

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

Pros

The pros are the prestige of the organization which will follow you and speak for you even after you have left and the people you will work with will be competent and smart.

Cons

The culture is horrible! Others will likely talk about this, but there is a FEAR of doing anything wrong and of allowing newer/less senior employees taking the lead on projects. It is "common" or "normal" to cry while working at Pew because of the stress levels and frustrating bureaucracy.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Develop more opportunites for less senior staff to take ownership of projects.

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  1. 11 people found this helpful

    Oppressive, joyless and stifling management. Missed potential.

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

    I have been working at Pew Charitable Trusts full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I have awesome peers, the place is filled with smart and talented people, the goals are lofty
    and meaningful, Pew has the resources to do 'good'. Money is not a constraining factor to get things done. Good facilities. Good benefits. Has some brand value in the US.

    Cons

    Where to start? I feel like I could write a book on the poisonous and toxic culture that permeates this organization.

    1. Management takes decisions on a whim or personal preferences despite a veneer of strategic engagement and strategy. A project can be successful, but if it is perceived as too risky, it will suddenly and with no warning, be disbanded.
    2. Pew hires exceptional people but treats them all like high school kids. No one is respected for their abilities or knowledge or previous achievements.
    3. Pew is so afraid of tarnishing its external reputation - yet treats staff so badly. Word of mouth reputation doesn't seem to be something that HR or the CEO cares about. People get fired arbitrarily or squeezed out if their opinion or approach is threatening.
    4. Senior staff bring in staff from their previous jobs. You may say - ok that's normal - but one director has brought in at least 8 people from her previous institution but that has not been questioned.
    5. Staff turnover is so high that people cannot keep up with it.
    6. People are expected to campaign but then told they can't communicate strategically (it's not the Pew style) nor can they get a contract through the system to employ people to get on with the job while Pew bureaucracy fights among itself for months.
    7. You can't write a 200 word piece for the website without 10 people editing it- usually adding more and more mistakes along the way
    8. People are just plain miserable and talking about how to 'get out'. Such a shame as it could be a great place to work.
    9. HR are at time indifferent, sometimes downright cruel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be kind to staff, treat them like people not servants. Stop micro managing and let clever people do the job they were employed to do. Get a new CEO.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  2. 3 people found this helpful

    Great non-profit where you can make a difference

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    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    I've worked at Pew for about two years and think it is a great organization. The people are professional, nice and very intelligent. The organization supports fantastic projects around the world and I have personally been able to make a difference by contributing to a research team. The benefits are great, including getting off early on Fridays in summer, generous 401K, and good work-life balance.

    Cons

    If you want to work in a non-profit that feels like a grassroots organization in terms of casual dress and attitudes, then Pew isn't the place for you. Pew is a non-profit that prides itself on humility, good data and respect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Human Resources could do a better job in the way they communicate to job seekers and employees but overall, senior management is excellent and focused on making things better every day for staff.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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