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"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

Other Employee Reviews for Pew Charitable Trusts

  1. Helpful (5)

    "A lot to like and some stuff that I wish were different"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pew Charitable Trusts full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent atmosphere, pay, benefits, very smart people, some senior management that really does listen. You can do a lot here, but you have to be aware of the politics. The work of Pew is really interesting and genuinely focused on a better society.

    Cons

    CEO is way too involved in details - even senior management is frightened of her. Overall though she has led the organization well through a period of tremendous growth. She can be very cold, but she's a CEO - you can't really fault her because she's not warm and cuddly. The dress code is tough - suits/dresses - no business casual at all.

    Advice to Management

    It might be time to try a new CEO. Rebecca has been around a long time. Someone new would bring new focus, goals, ideas, attitudes - just new and fresh.


  2. Helpful (14)

    "Oppressive, joyless and stifling management. Missed potential."

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

    I have been working at Pew Charitable Trusts full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I have awesome peers, the place is filled with smart and talented people, the goals are lofty
    and meaningful, Pew has the resources to do 'good'. Money is not a constraining factor to get things done. Good facilities. Good benefits. Has some brand value in the US.

    Cons

    Where to start? I feel like I could write a book on the poisonous and toxic culture that permeates this organization.

    1. Management takes decisions on a whim or personal preferences despite a veneer of strategic engagement and strategy. A project can be successful, but if it is perceived as too risky, it will suddenly and with no warning, be disbanded.
    2. Pew hires exceptional people but treats them all like high school kids. No one is respected for their abilities or knowledge or previous achievements.
    3. Pew is so afraid of tarnishing its external reputation - yet treats staff so badly. Word of mouth reputation doesn't seem to be something that HR or the CEO cares about. People get fired arbitrarily or squeezed out if their opinion or approach is threatening.
    4. Senior staff bring in staff from their previous jobs. You may say - ok that's normal - but one director has brought in at least 8 people from her previous institution but that has not been questioned.
    5. Staff turnover is so high that people cannot keep up with it.
    6. People are expected to campaign but then told they can't communicate strategically (it's not the Pew style) nor can they get a contract through the system to employ people to get on with the job while Pew bureaucracy fights among itself for months.
    7. You can't write a 200 word piece for the website without 10 people editing it- usually adding more and more mistakes along the way
    8. People are just plain miserable and talking about how to 'get out'. Such a shame as it could be a great place to work.
    9. HR are at time indifferent, sometimes downright cruel.

    Advice to Management

    Be kind to staff, treat them like people not servants. Stop micro managing and let clever people do the job they were employed to do. Get a new CEO.

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