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"Pew is an organization with an excellent mission where every employee is valued."

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Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
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Pros

The Pew Charitable Trusts has a big positive impact both in Philly and nationwide. Every employee is valued in their culture, so even as an assistant you can feel you are contributing to the mission. They listen to feedback from their employees and are always working to improve systems. The training they provide for each position is excellent and extremelly detailed, and they also ensure that new hires thoroughly understand the structure of the organization and its processes.

Working at Pew, you will always be learning, not only new skills, but also about public policy and the wider scope of their mission. The compensation and benefits are amazing, and the tuition reimbursement is a big plus.

Cons

There are very few downsides to working at Pew.

Culture- The culture is changing, and they are in a period of rapid growth. This could increase the amount of bureaucracy. There is also a lot of office politics. Due to the number of high-acheivers at Pew, I think this happens more than it does elsewhere.

Advancement- There are several tiers of assistant and associate positions. Assistants can rise in rank among these positions, but even with additional education it is difficult to move into an officer position. However, it is common for people to finish a masters degree while working for Pew and return later as an officer after having gained more experience.

Advice to Management

Continue to value every employee and engage them in the mission as the organization grows. (I have no doubt that they will do this.)

Other Employee Reviews for Pew Charitable Trusts

  1. Helpful (6)

    "Work for Pew and make a difference in the world"

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    Current Employee - Officer in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Officer in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working at Pew has been a very rewarding experience because of the professional opportunities to learn and grow, and my colleagues who are generous with their advice and time. In addition, it's an organization that doesn't mind fighting for the long shot if it's the right thing to do. Working at Pew has offered me a chance to make a difference in the world while working with intelligent, creative and driven individuals.

    Cons

    There is a lot of pressure to be perfect and it can be competitive. In addition, wearing a Pew name tag at events is liking having a bank ATM sign above you head, everyone will come up to you and want to be your new best friend. This kind of sycophantic behavior can be irritating, and you quickly learn how to read people and their approaches.

    Advice to Management

    Thank you for running an organization that truly cares about its employees and making the world a better place. And thanks to the Pew family for their generosity and vision. It's an honor working at Pew.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Commonly used a place to escape a bad job, but do not have high hopes to get work done here"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great 401K contribution, medical and health benefits, and great vacation. Also work-life balance is hard to beat (excluding the fact that some teams are very anti allowing you to work remotely). You are given the opportunity to learn a subject in great detail and I did not find the place to be high pressure in any way. People who like Pew tend to have recently escaped a job in a much more toxic situation, such as really bad pay or routinely being yelled at and expected to work long hours. Pew has decorum and decent pay/great benefits.

    Cons

    The negative things people have written are unfortunately very true. Racism and sexism like this is the 1950's. It feels like Mad Men quite frequently, because the vast majority of people of color they have hired are in administrative roles, so if you aren't a manager, you may not work with another person of color. They also have a highly sexist dress code and culture around clothing. Strange and oppressive! These aspects of Pew tarnish the brand and in my opinion, have become part of its reputation in DC.

    Next, it is extremely difficult to get anything done here. Some managers do basically no work (maybe work a few minutes a day) and then fight you on getting anything done. People tend to realize within a year that it is impossible to get work done at Pew. Many leave within less than 6 months. Who wants to do nonprofit work, but actually get nothing done? Not me.

    Advice to Management

    Scrap multiple layers of management. You can use the money to attract more qualified and diverse talent. Scrap all of HR. Remember that it is 2016 and you shouldn't tell women to wear x,y or z. Give credit where it is due to your hard working junior staff.

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