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Updated March 22, 2017
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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 30 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. "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Interesting work. Travel opportunities. Decent pay.

    Cons

    No room for growth. Micro-managed at times.


  2. "Great work/life balance, meaningful work"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pew really cares about its employees having a work/life balance. The work Pew does is interesting and meaningful. Great benefits.

    Cons

    So many programs, hard to become an expert in each. Teams, programs are very wonky. Lots of steps in the approval processes.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Fantastic colleagues, soul-crushing bureaucracy"

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    This is a well-respected organization with a great reputation and ability to drive policy conversations. Colleagues are very bright and motivated. Benefits are very good.

    Cons

    Inefficient processes are very demoralizing and turnover is high. There is a lot of fear-driven decision-making in some departments. Advancement is slow, so candidates should not accept lower-level positions with hopes of advancing quickly.


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  5. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pew Charitable Trusts full-time

    Pros

    Great mission, location, pay and benefits

    Cons

    People come and go often, making it difficult to move projects forward


  6. "working here is a trade-off"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pew Charitable Trusts full-time

    Pros

    This is a place that values work/life balance. there's a lot of smart people, but also a lot of bureaucracy

    Cons

    Some things are harder to accomplish than they should be.

    Advice to Management

    Be willing to stand up for what the organization believes in. This isn't a time to play it so, so safe.


  7. "Senior Associate"

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate
    Former Employee - Senior Associate
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and location.

    Cons

    A very bureaucratic and stuffy for a non-profit.


  8. "Human Resources Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    401k is very generous with employer contributions.

    Cons

    It's a very siloed environment.

    Advice to Management

    It's 2017 act like it.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Not Great"

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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

    Pros

    Good 401k
    Location near metro stop

    Cons

    Management works mostly by intimidation.
    You will be blamed for others' mistakes.
    Expect to constantly defend everything you do and pay dearly for any minor mistake you make. (especially when you first start--no one is going to help you, so don't expect it)
    You will not be thanked or acknowledged in any way for your effort or your work.
    I have never experienced this work/life balance everyone talks about. I'm in early and out late and it's never enough for my boss. I can't wait to find a new job and quit!

    Advice to Management

    Hire new managers (who know how to manage through methods other than intimidation). Maybe you'd be able to hold on to half your employees for more than a year.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Non-encouraging"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Associate 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

    Decent benefits, work with some super talented individuals

    Cons

    Very little to no growth opportunities, will hire outside before inside. There are a lot of rules and procedures and due to this upper management just goes along with it and doesn't question anything even if its causing inefficiency or disrupt.


  11. Helpful (7)

    "Not great ... but not for the reasons you might expect"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    * Very organized, focused environment
    * Clear procedures and forms for every eventuality
    * Emphasis on reputation management helps protect the Pew image
    * Reasonably competitive pay and benefits
    * Good work-life benefits
    * Opportunities to travel
    * Beautiful office space with free coffee

    Cons

    * Some middle and upper managers are extremely negative and discouraging
    * Micro-management is rampant
    * More time is spent in meetings than actually accomplishing anything... there would be pre-meetings, meetings, post-meetings... it was excessive

    Advice to Management

    Turnover at Pew is incredibly high, and despite the rumors, it's not because of Pew's bureaucracy. Personally, I loved the clear procedures and organizational policies, and was happy to "pay" for this with some extra bureaucracy. But the way staff are treated by upper management is just shameful. My direct manager was great, but his boss, and his boss' boss, seemed intent on intimidating some staff. Members of my team were constantly stressed out and on eggshells because of this. I didn't realize how terrible it was until I started my new job and realized that people can be cordial at work on a regular basis.

    If you want Pew to succeed long-term, you need to remove these problem managers from the ranks.



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