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Pew Charitable Trusts Manager Reviews

Updated November 16, 2016
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Pew Charitable Trusts President and CEO Rebecca W. Rimel
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Pros
  • This is a place that values work/life balance (in 32 reviews)

  • Smart people and great benefits (in 34 reviews)

Cons
  • Senior management continues to micro-manage activities, despite our size (in 15 reviews)

  • It is a culture of fear in which people are scared to do or try anything (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Great Place to Work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager, Payment Services in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Manager, Payment Services in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pew Charitable Trusts full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    benefits, salary, environment, atmosphere, people
    If you like to work and appreciate what you have there is nothing to complain about.
    promotions are hard to come by but the same as any other organization

    Cons

    same as any other company
    having this be the first place you work will make other places seem less "glamorous" - make sure it is not your first job or 2 - or you will get spoiled.

    Advice to Management

    internal candidates should be looked at first before looking outside - many people have skills that are under utilized


  2. Helpful (3)

    "If you're in Sr. Management its a great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Good work/life balance
    GREAT co-workers doing GREAT work

    Cons

    zero flexibility on most everything
    they've convinced themselves that they offer career growth, but nothing could be further from the truth
    two sets of rules: one for Senior Leadership, one for everybody else

    Advice to Management

    if you want to fix your retention problem or your reputation on here, change as an organization rather than expecting everyone else to be more compliant and appreciative.


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Difficult Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, motivated staff, inspiring mission.

    Cons

    Dysfunctional management. Lack of direction which leads to low employee morale.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Pros and cons, like any eNGO"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good staff, mission and programmatic funding. Good benefits. Decent work-life balance (though this can depend on your direct supervisor).

    Cons

    No such thing as a raise, unless you get a promotion (which is also very hard).

    Advice to Management

    The process and bureaucracy makes our work very inefficient. The degree of micromanagement by the EO is astonishing for an organization of this size.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Excelent company with the best benefits"

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    Former Employee - Facilities Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Facilities Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    High performing people work for this firm

    Cons

    Must be able to keep up with the high performers

    Advice to Management

    Management is a group of dedicated people


  7. Helpful (10)

    "The research center is the one with the good reputation. This is the other one."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pew Charitable Trusts full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pretty good accent furniture around the office. Lucite staircases give a modernist look, along the lines of Frank Lloyd Wright. Free coffee. Really good pep talks from time to time that sound like the version of the organization you wanted to work for. If you are a good talker, you will be able to make your time here sounds really great at your next interview. CEO is very nice on a human level. Beyond that, not enough information to really comment.

    Cons

    They have implemented new management software that pulls information into an ontological black hole and utterly evacuates the information of its semantic content. If Franz Kafka had designed an app, this would have been the result. I believe the intentions were good, but it didn't work out, and no amount of training will make it better. Be advised that if you take a job at this company, you might need to use this software all day, every day. I will also confirm what others have written: nobody I have met at this organization during the past some years has been promoted. You virtually cannot earn a promotion as you would at a corporation. It was better several years ago but it been steadily getting worse. Outlook is grim.

    Advice to Management

    Consider reducing management by two thirds. There are too many people coming up with strategic visions, implementing them unilaterally, and then getting frustrated when the facts on the ground don't match the visions.


  8. Helpful (6)

    "Disappointing."

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of resources. Millions of dollars devoted to single projects. Ability to retain great talent.

    Cons

    Too much organizational re-structuring. Elimination of key segments of the organization without any real explanation.

    Advice to Management

    Start over.


  9. Helpful (12)

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. Helpful (9)

    "Very few advantages to working here"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  11. Helpful (5)

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.