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Pew Charitable Trusts Reviews

Updated April 11, 2019
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Pew Charitable Trusts President and CEO Rebecca W. Rimel
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Pros
  • "Work-life balance and nice colleagues" (in 38 reviews)

  • "Great benefits for employees (medical and retirement)" (in 39 reviews)

Cons
  • "There is truly a culture of fear here which makes everything move very slowly because everyone is afraid to get something wrong" (in 10 reviews)

  • "HR does nothing about the awful work environment managers have created" (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "I would recommend to a friend"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pew Charitable Trusts part-time

    Pros

    Work environment is fair and location is good.

    Cons

    no comments to add for this company.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Stable Job, Great Benefits, Hard to Advace"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Incredible benefits including $500 yearly for wellness spending, which includes gym memberships, buying a bike or running shoes, yoga classes etc. 18% 401k if you contribute 6%. Good salaries.

    Cons

    A lot of bureaucracy, it is nearly impossible to get promoted unless you switch teams.

    Advice to Management

    Hire a CSO and improve diversity and inclusion standards.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place To Work!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - pleasant working environment
    - up to date technology
    - great benefits
    - decent training opportunities
    - great mission/vision
    - tuition reimbursement
    - easily accessible (multiple metro stations)

    Cons

    - diversity
    - advancement for all positions
    - no telework/alternate work schedule


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Well-resourced organization with high achieving staff"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good colleagues; strong mission; excellent benefits

    Cons

    Lots of process and layers of approval


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Painful but not the worst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It’s a lovely building and they provide a nice work/life balance.

    Cons

    There is really no potential for growth. The level of red tape and oversight is hard to describe. It appears to be advanced, but the focus is less on improving operations and staff experience and primarily on reputation, reducing costs, and appearance. Senior leadership has a dated view of how things should be and are resistant to change. There is a lot of obvious hypocrisy with a project of eliminating food waste, yet the refrigerators are cleaned out every Friday at 3 to prevent odors. There is limited signage including for AEDs, because it doesn’t compliment the aesthetic of the office. Turnover is high, but employees aren’t empowered to speak up or create change. The priorities at Pew are pretty clear and it is not employee satisfaction or professional growth.

    Advice to Management

    Change and advocate for your staff. Pew could be a great place to work if senior leadership let it become one.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "I would recommend to a friend with some caution"

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    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Washington, DC
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, ok pay, clean and neat working environment

    Cons

    I was asked to do work that was totally outside of the job description I was hired to do as the main point of my position. Additionally, the company is incredibly policy driven and I had no upward mobility without retuning to school.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Associate, Planning and Budget in Ashburn, VA
    Current Employee - Associate, Planning and Budget in Ashburn, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    very supportive and project driven

    Cons

    no comments to add for this company

  8. Helpful (1)

    "All the negative reviews are true"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - great benefits
    - good work/life balance
    - great work location
    - great stepping stone to advance your career

    Cons

    There are serious institutional issues that are intertwined with diversity and inclusion problems. The work culture within each team is different but overall, each step of leadership and matrix structure supports a culture of fear (e.g. project directors afraid to go against officers, supervisors get punished for standing up for staffers, HR holding most of the promotional and pay raise power with little input from managers). There is very little MEANINGFUL growth for junior staff. Regarding racial issues, HR fails to act in a timely manner. There is little transparency and standardization, which largely affects POC and in particular women of color.

    Advice to Management

    - When promoting people, consider their collaborative skills and how they are able to manage staff effectively (don't promote micro managers).
    - Encourage supervisors and managers to promote junior staff from senior associates to officers. Provide more resources and autonomy to supervisors and less on HR.
    - Please consider restructuring the HR team. It is truly a toxic and disappointing subset of employees that will bring the organization down.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "IWarning about HR"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work and life balance for an admin role. They take 9-5 serious, do not want you to work overtime because they don’t pay overtime. Lots of time off and excellent benefits.
    The location is prime and the building is a tall sexy tower of white and glass. Visitors are always in awe of the building so it’s pretty nice to physically work there.

    Cons

    Cons
    They may have 5 billion dollars but they will make sure you and your department spends as little money as possible. The conservative way they budget, this place will be around for thousands of years. It’s aggravating.
    For as pretty as the place is, they provide the least private cubicles that I have ever worked with. Prepare to hear all your cube neighbors’ annoying, noisy voices all the time. Trust me, you won’t get an office, even if you are “supposed” to, there’s never enough available.
    Human Resources job is to please the leadership, not look out for the whole staff. They will provide you with plenty of opportunities to complain and report inappropriate behaviors and even show sympathy and support, but they can’t do anything, literally nothing. If you work for a great SVP/VP/Sr.Director/Director, you will be very happy and satisfied working for them, but if you work for one that is terrible and treats you badly, you will find no way to escape it but to quit. Seriously, a dozen people complained and then quit within a year and HR still did nothing!
    Uphill battle to move up in the organization, and even still difficult to make lateral moves.

    Advice to Management

    Make some ethical and upstanding decisions for once. Fire leadership members that are incompetent and verbally abusive to their staff.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "The negative reviews are true"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance and nice colleagues.

    Cons

    Overly bureaucratic. Micromanagement is a big problem. Culture of fear to speak up. Even higher-up managers do not have agency to speak up in meetings. Diversity is a problem too. Overall, staff is somewhat diverse, but upper management is not. It's a glaring discrepancy.