Pew Charitable Trusts

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Pew Charitable Trusts Reviews

Updated October 23, 2014
Updated October 23, 2014
83 Reviews
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Pew Charitable Trusts President and CEO Rebecca W. Rimel
Rebecca W. Rimel
61 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work-life balance but I did see a lot of slackers, slacking and getting away with it (in 13 reviews)

  • Pew offers their name, great benefits and really smart people (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • CEO is way too involved in details - even senior management is frightened of her (in 9 reviews)

  • There is a culture of fear and intense CYA (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Brilliant people stifled by rigid culture and process

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pew Charitable Trusts

    Pros

    Teams, work life balance, issues

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, no room for growth

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Disappointing

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pew Charitable Trusts full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    With a name like Pew, it seems like a dynamic workforce. The DC facility is beautiful and everything is brand new. The brand is recognizable and respected. There is good work-life balance, great benefits and a generous 401(k) program.

    Cons

    Senior management (CEO, VPs, directors, etc) are WAY too involved in the day-to-day. There are talented young people that are stifled by the rigid hierarchy that does not provide opportunities for growth or innovation. The CYA culture is extreme--there are a lot of people out to get other people in trouble, a lot of egos and a work culture that focuses on being highly punitive. High turnover, no opportunity for promotion, low salaries, and a culture of CYA.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show more respect to junior staff. Stop giving all the credit to senior staff and begin to work to shape the careers of the younger people there. Foster a true, genuine spirit of collaboration, not accusations or trying to get other people into trouble.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Insanity

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    Current Employee - Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    The best benefit was the health care, but that is changing and staff members will have to pay for most of their benefits.

    Cons

    Toxic environment, myopic CEO, egotistical senior management and a work environment with a décor that resembles an insane asylum. All white walls with cheery, rah-rah quotes painted on the walls. Weird.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lighten up people. Being laid back won't kill you. Pay your staff equally. A nonprofit CEO should not make 20 times what a junior staffer makes. Tell the truth and trust the people. It is written on the walls so why not live it?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Highly clickish, political environment, not conducive to anyone's best effort

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    -Work-life balance is great, you walk in at 9 and leave at 5:30
    -Headquarters are downtown DC close to great venues for lunch

    Cons

    -Pay is not competitive at all, not even for masters degrees
    -Ultra conservative environment doesn't make any sense within today's modern workplace context
    -Organization grew, in one year, from a bit less than 100 employees to over 700 and with it, a lot bad apples were brought by friends or former colleagues from other job which in turn, created an extremely clickish environment where seniority and "friends in management" trump anything else (in short, this place has the term "conflict of interest" written all over it)
    -Benefits are not bad although, "100% paid PPO and Dental" does not precisely mean what it reads but rather, how they make it sound to get your attention
    -Month long, 8 hour a day inductions
    -Lots of incompetent managers who might be great at their core job but lack the minimum skills needed to manage even a team of two
    -Millennials don't last more than a year at this organization, not only because of the preceding bullet point but also because, as part of Pew's ultra conservative roots, the only people with access to growth within the organization are the older generations (there are is no young management at Pew)
    -In spite of being an organization with a workforce composed of mostly females (at least 70%), there are male managers who still get away with sexist/berating comments against women

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More like, advice to the board members: Pew is in dire need of a deep scrub, lots of people with talent have left and keep on leaving and the ones who remain are the incompetent souls who keep on scaring away the good talent in the first place.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Terrible Place For Young 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

    Pros

    Great benefits and paid time off

    Cons

    Management is completely inept. Rather than managing employees they throw them under the bus to higher-ups to CYA. It's not a very collegial environment, very bureaucratic, incestuous. Also do not work here if you are a young person looking to work your way up--they have a miserable track record of retaining young talent because those opportunities just don't exist.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's not enough to be smart, managers must actually manage. I saw one of the VPs go through about 6 assistants in 2 years. Have managers take courses in how to manage, measure them for results.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Work-Life balance but way too much BS

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    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Work/life balance is great. at Pew. A few civil people and an OK reputation in the non-profit world.

    Cons

    Management are nothing more than extra senior associates as they are scared to make real decisions. There is a culture of fear and intense CYA. Employees are not valued and the compensation is atrocious. Advancement is not easy to achieve as there is no clear path and it almost feels like it is frowned upon sometimes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    loosen up and empower your employees to do their jobs and be dynamic. You are in the way.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a good place at all

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Decent pay for a non-profit, good benefits, very smart colleagues. The DC location in Chinatown is near good restaurants all of the metro lines.

    Cons

    The office culture is conformist to the point of absurdity, it is very difficult to be productive. I never felt like I was assigned a job there, but rather a series of tasks. Independent thought and initiative are frowned upon. If you felt accomplished and successful at other jobs, hold on to that as hard as you can, because you'll leave Pew feeling incompetent and useless.

  9.  

    Very Pleasant.

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    • 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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nice work space and very nice amenities.
    Great benefits and leave.

    Cons

    No casual Fridays you always have to be dressed "business professional".
    Lower salaries.
    Not a lot of promotional opportunity.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Out of Date

    • 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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    Like many other thoughts about the organization: the health benefits and days off are great; you work with smart, talented people; and when you go home at the end of the day, you go home. I would recommend this organization to someone who is solely looking for a paycheck, nothing more.

    Cons

    It is a culture of fear in which people are scared to do or try anything. Decisions are made at the top unaware of how work gets done or who is doing the work. There is little concern for the employee or morale of the organization and employees are seen as strictly headcount rather than real staff. It is impossible to get recognized for the work you do and after two years at the organization, your income is far less than what your peers in other organizations are making.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's the people that make an organization not the other way around.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Disappointing.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Lots of resources. Millions of dollars devoted to single projects. Ability to retain great talent.

    Cons

    Too much organizational re-structuring. Elimination of key segments of the organization without any real explanation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start over.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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