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Pew Charitable Trusts Overview

Philadelphia, PA
501 to 1000 employees
Nonprofit Organization
Social Assistance
$2 to $5 billion (USD) per year
The Pew Charitable Trusts uses data to make a difference. For more than 70 years, we have focused on serving the public, invigorating civic life, conducting nonpartisan research, advancing effective public policies and practices, and achieving tangible results. Through rigorous ... Read more

Mission: The Pew Charitable Trusts uses data to make a difference. For more than 70 years, we have focused on serving the public, invigorating civic life, conducting nonpartisan research, advancing effective public policies and practices, and achieving tangible results. Through rigorous ... Read more

Pew Charitable Trusts – Why Work With Us?

The Pew Charitable Trusts is driven by the power of knowledge to solve today's most challenging problems. We are an independent nonprofit organization – the sole beneficiary of seven individual trusts established between 1948 and 1979 by two sons and two daughters of Sun Oil Company founder Joseph N. Pew and his wife, Mary Anderson Pew.

From its first day in 1948, Pew's founders steeped the new institution with the entrepreneurial and optimistic spirit that characterized their lives. As the country and the world have evolved, we have remained dedicated to our founders' emphasis on innovation. Today, Pew is a global research and public policy organization, still operated as a non-partisan, non-governmental organization dedicated to serving the public.

Informed by the founders' interest in research, practical knowledge and a robust democracy, our portfolio has grown over time to include public opinion research; arts and culture; and environmental, health, state and consumer policy initiatives. Our mission is to:

  • Improve public policy by conducting rigorous analysis, linking diverse interests to pursue common cause and insisting on tangible results;
  • Inform the public by providing useful data that illuminate the issues and trends shaping our world;
  • Invigorate civic life by encouraging democratic participation and strong communities. In our hometown of Philadelphia, we support arts and culture organizations as well as institutions that enhance the well-being of the region's neediest citizens.


Join Pew and make a difference

The Pew Charitable Trusts uses data to make a difference. 

We are a dedicated team of researchers, communicators, advocates, subject matter experts, and other professionals working on today's big challenges—and we know we are more effective and creative collectively than we are individually.  

With Philadelphia as our hometown and the majority of our staff located in Washington, Pew attracts top talent—people of integrity who are service-oriented and willing to take on challenging assignments. We provide competitive pay and benefits, a healthy work-life balance, and a respectful and inclusive workplace. Pew employees are proud of their colleagues, proud of where they work, and proud of the institution's reputation. As a result, our U.S. and international staff find working at Pew personally and professionally rewarding.

Pew offers outstanding career opportunities in areas such as:

  • Public policy research and advocacy
  • Program strategy and evaluation
  • Government relations
  • Communications
  • Fundraising/donor relations
  • Finance
  • Information technology
  • Legal affairs
  • Human Resources
  • Administration

Pew's commitment to inclusion and diversity

Pew is an equal opportunity employer committed to an inclusive and diverse workplace. Pew considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, sex, ethnicity, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military/veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.


In addition to competitive pay, Pew's U.S.-based employees enjoy a robust total rewards package that includes:

  • Affordable, comprehensive health care and employer-paid disability and life insurance.
  • Generous paid annual leave plan. 
  • Up to a 12% employer 401(k) contribution, with vesting at the end of the first year.
  • A 37.5-hour workweek.
  • A $500 after-tax annual employer wellness benefit contribution.

Pew Charitable Trusts Reviews

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


    Benefits, Salary, Work-Life Balance are exemplary


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Pew Charitable Trusts Interviews



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    Associate, Conference and Event Services Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
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    Average Interview


    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Pew Charitable Trusts (Washington, DC) in April 2020.


    Interviewing with the three people in the department was fairly easy and I actually had really great conversations with all three women. However, the interview process has been the most frustrating I've ever experienced.

    1) I had 3 interviews over the course of 2 months, which I thought was a pretty long amount of time. I had a 30-minute phone screening with HR, 1-hour phone interview with the department director and associate manager, then a 1.5-hour video interview with the director, associate manager, and senior associate.

    2) The HR department is extremely difficult to communicate with. They don't respond to ANY emails. So any questions about next steps, updates, etc. all went unanswered. They only ever call to schedule the next interview, and they're not pleasant to talk to.

    3) The people in the department, even the director, told me they have no knowledge about the interview/hiring process which I found quite odd. Any question I had about next steps, I was told to contact the HR department. Except, as I mentioned above, the HR department never responds!! So frustrating.

    4) My last interview was in May. It's now July, and I've contacted them at least five times asking for an update on my application and have received no response. At this point I obviously assume they've chosen another candidate. I just think it's common courtesy to inform candidates if they haven't been chosen. Especially if they reach out to you asking about their application.

    The position seemed like such a great opportunity and I was really excited about it, but the whole experience was just so unpleasant. It's not something I'd want to go through again.

    Interview Questions

    • Most of the questions were about experience I have with the programs they utilize (Delphi, Cvent) and about how well I work in a strict and stressful environment.   Answer Question
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