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Pew is an organization with an excellent mission where every employee is valued.

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Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Philadelphia, PA

I worked at Pew Charitable Trusts

Pros

The Pew Charitable Trusts has a big positive impact both in Philly and nationwide. Every employee is valued in their culture, so even as an assistant you can feel you are contributing to the mission. They listen to feedback from their employees and are always working to improve systems. The training they provide for each position is excellent and extremelly detailed, and they also ensure that new hires thoroughly understand the structure of the organization and its processes.

Working at Pew, you will always be learning, not only new skills, but also about public policy and the wider scope of their mission. The compensation and benefits are amazing, and the tuition reimbursement is a big plus.

Cons

There are very few downsides to working at Pew.

Culture- The culture is changing, and they are in a period of rapid growth. This could increase the amount of bureaucracy. There is also a lot of office politics. Due to the number of high-acheivers at Pew, I think this happens more than it does elsewhere.

Advancement- There are several tiers of assistant and associate positions. Assistants can rise in rank among these positions, but even with additional education it is difficult to move into an officer position. However, it is common for people to finish a masters degree while working for Pew and return later as an officer after having gained more experience.

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Continue to value every employee and engage them in the mission as the organization grows. (I have no doubt that they will do this.)

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  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    Work for Pew and make a difference in the world

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    Current Employee - Officer in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Officer in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Pew Charitable Trusts

    Pros

    Working at Pew has been a very rewarding experience because of the professional opportunities to learn and grow, and my colleagues who are generous with their advice and time. In addition, it's an organization that doesn't mind fighting for the long shot if it's the right thing to do. Working at Pew has offered me a chance to make a difference in the world while working with intelligent, creative and driven individuals.

    Cons

    There is a lot of pressure to be perfect and it can be competitive. In addition, wearing a Pew name tag at events is liking having a bank ATM sign above you head, everyone will come up to you and want to be your new best friend. This kind of sycophantic behavior can be irritating, and you quickly learn how to read people and their approaches.

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    Thank you for running an organization that truly cares about its employees and making the world a better place. And thanks to the Pew family for their generosity and vision. It's an honor working at Pew.

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    While it has the money to accomplish great good, it is hindered by its antiquated rules and regulations

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Pew has an enormous wealth of money, meaning that campaigns have the ability to spend money to achieve results that for many non-profits is their entire operational budget. For many who have worked in nonprofit sectors before, the looming threat of finances always damages campaigns, but you will not find that at Pew.

    Cons

    You cannot receive any form of promotion until you have been at Pew over two years. After that you cannot receive a second promotion for another three years. Please note it is extremely difficult to even receive a promotion due to Human Resources extremely lengthy rules and organization charts. If you are international, do not even think of applying to any US based jobs- Pew does not issue work visas. It is so narrow-minded as an institution that it believes all of it talent should be from the United States. In 1950s perhaps this would be tolerated but this jingo-centric view has no place in the 21st century.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They need to seriously re-evaluate their priorities. Invest in lower-level staff, promote job growth, allow for a diversity of staff (not just Americans), and create rules to help people not to hinder them.

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