Pew Charitable Trusts Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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  1. Helpful (7)

    Disappointing

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Great for professional development, very structured and organized, excellent benefits, and nice people!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pew Charitable Trusts

    Pros

    They hire very intelligent, professional, and just overall "good" people. There are a lot of clear procedures in place, which I appreciate much more now that I work in a highly unstructured environment. Well-respected organization.

    Cons

    You are held to a very high standard, with little room for making mistakes.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Insanity

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Washington, DC

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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?


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  5. Helpful (3)

    great mission and people

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Officer in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Pew is working on economic policy, state policy and the environment - and putting a lot of resources into it unlike most nonprofits. Great benefits and terrific, committed, fun colleagues. Beautiful building in Penn Quarter.

    Cons

    Lots of young employees who are typical mellenials - low-level griping about almost everything. Pew has grown very quickly so needs more focus on explaining HR policies and why they exist to new employees.

    Advice to Management

    Help managers with how to give candid feedback to employees, and explain policies better. Requiring two years within a company before a promotion is pretty standard in corporate America, but seems to strike young people as arbitrary.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Brilliant people stifled by rigid culture and process

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pew Charitable Trusts

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Teams, work life balance, issues

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, no room for growth


  7. Helpful (2)

    Terrible Place For Young People

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Pew Charitable Trusts full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  8. Helpful (4)

    Not a good place at all

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pew Charitable Trusts full-time (More than a 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. Helpful (2)

    Very Pleasant.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Great Work-Life balance but way too much BS

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  11. Helpful (4)

    Disappointing.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    Start over.



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