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"Tough environment; worth it if you can survive it, at least for a while."

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Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

I worked at Pew Charitable Trusts full-time (More than 8 years)

Pros

You get to work with super smart, talented people. Great opportunity to learn from them. Phenomenal benefits, though I hear that might change soon with all of the recent growth from the past few years. Doggedly non-partisan, though the employees tend to be left-of-center. More money than God. Nice digs. Worth working here for as long as you can stand it, for the experience, the reputation and the exposure to a demanding environment. Lots of great people who are genuinely interested in effecting change for the greater good.

Cons

Do. Not. Make. Mistakes. The fear is perceived and real. Lots of big egos, with brains to match. Very high expectations that are not always in line with resources and skills of your team (odd, considering that talent and money abound). The bureaucracy will make you miserable and can get in the way of the work at every level. Lots of emphasis on organisation and efficiency for efficiency's sake, but not applied wisely or well, and--most frustrating of all--management is held to the same useless standards in name only. Can feel oppressive. The CEO is frosty but tries to be folksy, but has done (I think) a commendable and ruthlessly efficient job of steering the organisation through a period of intense growth. No one says you have to like her. She has my respect and was always cordial, respectful and friendly to me.

Advice to Management

Where to start? Leadership is so all over the map that there is only one thing I can think of that would apply as a general rule. The fear of retribution is high. I am reluctant to even post this review. Perhaps that's a good place to start. Being ferociously protective of your reputation is one thing. A culture of fear is another.

Other Employee Reviews for Pew Charitable Trusts

  1. Helpful (9)

    "Very few advantages to working here"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pew Charitable Trusts full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Great benefits
    - Good office location
    - Generally working towards good causes (but usually only indirectly -- there is an insane amount of bureaucracy and financial waste behind Pew's successes)

    Cons

    Where to begin. I worked here for six years and, in all honesty, advanced and did well for myself despite being unhappy at times. Unfortunately, advancement is no longer possible there -- there are standing, no-exception policies regarding staff mobility. Why work somewhere that it's impossible to get recognized for your hard work and advance your career?

    The senior management of the organization has created a toxic environment for morale, trust, and staff happiness. Staff are consistently lied to in order to hide senior management's true goals (for example: laying off huge amounts of staff to downsize offices, wasting hundreds of thousands of dollars on capricious projects at the whim of the CEO, justifying ridiculous internal policies, etc.). These senior staff care only about their own careers, compensation, or advancement (a quick Google search will reveal that the high-level senior staff are making many hundreds of thousands of dollars at this nonprofit, and nearly a million per year in the case of the CEO, who is the biggest liability to the organization. Their goal is to look out for themselves rather than have any regard for the hundreds of staff members working under them).

    As a result, most staff at Pew are miserable and can't wait to find a new job. It's not uncommon for most staff to openly express their mutual frustration and low morale to each other, even if they don't work closely and have no preexisting rapport.

    Having spent 6 years there, there are two categories of the people who rate Pew highly: the "there for life" crowd that is happy to enjoy slightly above average pay and great benefits, but have no higher career aspirations and are unmotivated enough to seek out more.

    Advice to Management

    The Pew Board needs to wake up to the terrible conditions at the organization: millions of dollars are wasted, staff are miserable, and the CEO and senior management are aware but doing nothing to correct this.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "A good place to get experience in DC"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This job looks great on paper

    Cons

    Not so many cons for this job

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