Pew Research Center Reviews

Updated June 17, 2015
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  1. Great place to work!

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Pew Research Center (More than a year)

    Pros

    Brilliant people, great culture, work-life balance, amazing benefits.

    Cons

    Many rounds of editorial review can be frustrating.


  2. Helpful (3)

    Great experience but lacks upward mobility

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant
    Former Employee - Research Assistant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Pew Research Center full-time

    Pros

    Pew Research offers the opportunity to work with smart people on interesting research that is widely read and relied on. The benefits, especially the health insurance plans are excellent. Great work-life balance, managers typically allow you a lot of flexibility if need to go to a doctor's appt., etc.

    Cons

    The salary is quite low for a job in the DC area. There is little opportunity to move up from a junior role. Adoption of new techniques and technology can be a little slow.

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course on the strategic plan. I think some of the new areas of research and ideas for diversifying the methodology are very promising.


  3. decent first job, low room for advancement

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Pew Research Center full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    work-life balance is great, interesting work, always smart coworkers, and an exciting place to be, yet not hectic or stress culture

    Cons

    theres little advancement, organization can be set in its ways, hard to implement change, some slackers remain employed forever


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  5. Helpful (6)

    Good benefits, good pay, not much room for advancement

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good benefits, good pay, great 401k and health plans. Compensation is great for comparable jobs elsewhere. Very casual work environment.

    Cons

    No bonuses. No tuition reimbursement plans. Feels understaffed at times. Not much room for advancement within the company or better titles.


  6. Helpful (9)

    Smart people, great benefits

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    Current Employee - Assoc. Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Assoc. Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    Pros

    Smart people, mostly academics and journalists, working together. Nice office. Great benefits, including Incredible 401k: I'm now putting in 6% while Pew matches that and adds another 7%. The pay is great for a nonprofit. They try to keep pace with top universities and media outlets.

    Cons

    Some -- not all -- of the seven projects are beyond meticulous to the point of being anal. Internal memos don't need 10 drafts.

    Advice to Management

    Some directors of projects act like kings ruling over their fiefdom. Giving them such power and autonomy allows each project to have its own unique brand and emphasis, and that is good. The problem is when the dictator isn't so benevolent and employees' only question is: what does the director want? That can lead to the paralysis of analysis, especially when the director doesn't clearly communicate or even know what he wants. Train, develop, empower and promote your other employees -- especially the young ones -- and you will have a happier, more productive workplace.



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