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Updated Jun 10, 2021

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3.3
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Pew Charitable Trusts President and CEO Susan K. Urahn
Susan K. Urahn
17 Ratings
Pros
  • "Benefits, Salary, Work-Life Balance are exemplary(in 59 reviews)

  • "Great benefits and smart colleagues(in 48 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Mental abuse by senior management(in 16 reviews)

  • "Very political, culture of fear, difficult to get anything done(in 14 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Excellent opportunities at Pew

      Apr 12, 2021 - Manager 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Highly professional and, excellent projects and ambitious atmosphere

      Cons

      Nothing to report on that end

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    2. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Promotions without jumping through hoops and fair compensation based on qualifications won’t happen here.

      May 27, 2021 - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Benefits are great if you make enough to take advantage of them. If you are lucky to have a good manager, that helps a tiny bit for coping with the other issues within the organization.

      Cons

      There is no such thing as being promoted based on merit or being paid fairly based on qualifications. If you have ambition and would like to grow within the organization, you either have to resign and re-apply for your desired position (if it’s available) or resign and not return—there’s no in-between. For a lucky few, threatening to resign may result in a bump in title which is ultimately also a bump in salary, but not by much and you have to pray that whoever you report to goes to bat for you in order for those changes to take place, which isn’t guaranteed.

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      1 person found this review helpful
    3. 1.0
      Former Employee

      Nightmare

      May 26, 2021 - Senior Associate in Washington, DC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      You'll notice that all of the reviews talk about job security and benefits. That's it. The actual job is a nightmare. If you can get hired at Pew you can get hired elsewhere. Do that.

      Cons

      Dead end jobs where nothing gets done. Bureacracy does not begin to describe the environment, although a lot of people will use that word. Toxic work environment. The only reason this year was bearable was because we could work from home. They're reducing in office time, and I would have been devastated if I had to return. The former CEO was responsible for the environment, and to make it better they hired her right hand woman. She is equally bad, but because she puts a nice face on things and entertains "diversity and inclusion" so the apolotical staff has been mollified. No search for a diverse hire, or someone with a different attitude, just promoted the same woman making it appear the board does not care what gets done. Nothing get's accomplished. I cannot emphasize how horrible I've felt at this job. Seems like so much Bullying, racism, sexism, harassment, you name it. For all Pew cares about it's reputation, the culture never improves. I regret the day I joined this org.

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      6 people found this review helpful
    4. 4.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Overall rewarding

      Jun 10, 2021 - Senior Associate in Washington, DC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Meaningful work, excellent opportunities to collaborate with experts in the field - Depending on your team, your experience can be empowering and rewarding - More flexibility since the pandemic and thoughtful leadership

      Cons

      - Depending on your team, there may be inconsistency across the organization - Many processes and procedures in place to navigate, not to mention some politics - Things move a bit slower than other smaller organizations but can be manageable if you have a good manager/sponsor in your team

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    5. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great benefits

      Apr 13, 2021 - Senior Associate in Washington, DC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      really fantastic 401k plan, up to 6% match with an additional 6% automatically contributed (so you put in 6%, and they will put in an additional 12%).

      Cons

      Prior to covid, there was not much flexibility for hours or tele/remote work.

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    6. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Great work-life balance, not a lot of room for growth

      Apr 28, 2021 - Associate in Washington, DC
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      Pros

      Excellent benefits, realistic work hours and expectations

      Cons

      Not a lot of room for advancement

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    7. 2.0
      Current Employee

      Stay away

      Feb 25, 2021 - Senior Associate 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Job security. Keep in mind, however, you will have to put up with everything listed under the Cons section.

      Cons

      Overworked, low salary, and absolutely zero upward mobility. Although I have close to 15 years of experience in the industry, my manager has told me this is the highest I will ever reach at Pew, and I've been asked to do menial tasks, such as to print pages and deliver them to his/her desk. I've been bullied by members of other teams who feel justified because they've been at Pew longer. And as a person of color, others have made fun of my name and think they are doing me a favor by sending me links to articles when they see just one mention of my country of origin without giving thought to whether the content is relevant to my interests. The equivalent would be me sending them every article that mention's "U.S." no matter the actual topic.

      5 people found this review helpful
    8. 2.0
      Former Employee

      Pros and cons -- but mostly cons

      Feb 12, 2021 - Officer 
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      Pros

      Good place to learn, you're around smart people, great benefits.

      Cons

      Nobody seems to be in control of any decisions, making most positions seem like a waste of time. The organization needs to find some consistent ways of working and priorities -- tactical or topical. Without priorities it has become a guessing game where people swirl around looking for what to do using "evidence-base" but then someone with more political capital just decides what's to be done after months of years of wasted time -- even if it doesn't meet the organization's criteria. People who have been at the organization for along time have become toxic -- those who are new are trying to create a different organization but not always in a way consistent with the organization's strengths. Leadership doesn't have enough of a backbone to say what it wants out of the organization -- as a result, there's chaos that lands on every single employee.

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    9. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great work life balance, coworkers

      Mar 15, 2021 - Coordinator in Washington, DC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - excellent benefits - intelligent and reasonable coworkers - an emphasis on work life balance, on avoiding overtime

      Cons

      - bureaucratic - poor communication between different parts of the organization, although this is improving - sometimes it seems that long-term organizational improvement initiatives (like inclusion and diversity) do not make adequate or significant progress considering how visible the initiative is to the organization

      1 person found this review helpful
    10. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Good work can be done - good people - with downsides

      Nov 19, 2020 - Officer in Washington, DC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Creative work that looks for realistic policy solutions to then implement and make work. Pew's environmental work is critical and has made a huge difference. Their state work is also impactful. Smart and personable colleagues. Excellent research support provided to teams. Early in your career? Most teams - you will learn a lot and gain a lot of new skills. IT support to teams very good. Communications and GR teams are superb. Very high quality of research work. Very good work life balance - not a joke.

      Cons

      Salaries need to be more competitive. Senior HR staff make the easy, difficult which can alienate staff. Diversity efforts are being made - good - but not sure how it is impacting staff. More could be done to allow team members to annually evaluate their managers and have that feedback considered/used to give managers more training or hold them accountable.

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      3 people found this review helpful
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