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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)

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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 Management

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

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  1. Helpful (9)

    fear-based culture

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

    I have been working at Pew Charitable Trusts full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    commitment to high standards, talented staff, and a level of resources that make Pew's advocacy presence felt in a number of circles.

    Cons

    What's most prevalent in the culture is the fear of making mistakes. This puts a chill in innovation and creativity. Compounding this problem is a lack of growth potential for employees.


  2. Helpful (16)

    You will regret coming here

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Pew Charitable Trusts full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits and an ok resume builder......but it won't be long before you realize those things aren't worth what you give up in self esteem and self confidence from working here.

    Cons

    The "More Disfunctional than Congress" review is dead on! Pew prides itself in hiring talented people, only to mismanage them in such a way that destroys their confidence and their ability to make independent decisions. If you are a rising star in your profession, (which you would be if Pew tries to recruit you), than do....not.....come....here, because you will be damaged. There is no opportunity for growth. There is no attention paid to one's professional development. There's not even an opportunity to right a two-sentence email without five or more people editing it before it goes out....And this applies no matter how high up you are. If you come here, you will soon feel what everyone here feels: a burning desire to leave and fear or concern that you cannot go. The people here, from senior managers to admins, range between miserable/depressed to mean/angry. And it all stems from the CEO who has absolutely no concern for her staff at any level. In fact, I was told that she wants people to feel insecure and afraid....That's intentional. And the board either doesn't care or is oblivious to the org's deep-seeded and alarming dysfunction.

    If you come here after reading the reviews on this site, you only have yourself to blame. Choose carefully.


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