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- "Some managers do basically no work (maybe work a few minutes a day) and then fight you on getting anything done." (in 26 reviews)
- "Those decrying the toxic culture here are not at all blowing the issue out of proportion." (in 21 reviews)
- "Aggressive Management, unfriendly work environment, fast pace, you have to keep up with the work." (in 18 reviews)
- "Senior leadership has a dated view of how things should be and are resistant to change." (in 15 reviews)
- "Pew is sclerotic, and the entire staff is afraid of the CEO, who runs things by whim and fiat." (in 14 reviews)
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- 5.0Nov 29, 2023ManagerFormer Employee, more than 3 yearsWashington, DC
Great benefits Lots of vacation time & personal days Great work
Pew has its very own culture that can take some getting used to
- 2.0Oct 22, 2023Senior DirectorFormer Employee, more than 10 yearsWashington, DC
Hours are good (nice work/life balance). Kinda like working at a DMV. Decent benefits, ok pay (although not as good as other places if you shop around). Some nice people work there..
The institution lacks focus and is stunningly bureacratic. Think lots of lawyers and layers, more reviews than you can imagine and endless soul-crushing meetings. The lack of focus comes from the decision to replace a recently retired CEO with a long-time staffer who is herself quite near retirement. Acting, Temporary, whatever you call it, she's clearly not in it for the long haul. And a lot of the senior managers are in the same demographic. Also, there is no real opportunity for promotion into senior management from within. -- Just check, way too many senior managers were hired into their role after PEW declined to hire the internal candidate. Pew likes the shiny new thing, not the existing staff. (hence my suggestion above you only plan on a short stay -- 3 years tops) They also grabbed on the woke DEI vibe with a vengeance. In fairness, the place needed to work on that, but now, white, straight men and/or republicans need not apply. Pew is now so diverse they have every shade of democrat. Lots of that in this town, but this is a group that likes to proclaim it's non-partisan. I doubt there's a single project at Pew where they're working with Republicans on anything. They certainly have nothing in DC. That's unfortunate for Pew, but worse for a policy staffer who truly aspires to work across the political aisle and won't get that chance at Pew.
- 4.0Nov 7, 2023Research Associate ICurrent Employee, less than 1 yearWashington, DC
Work-life balance, kind colleagues, meaningful work
compensation, not transparent path to promotion, growth path
- 3.0Sep 25, 2023Senior AssociateCurrent Employee, more than 1 yearWashington, DC
The organization has a lot of resources at its disposal, which can help your work have a positive impact in the world. Also, the benefits and time off packages are excellent.
Extremely bureaucratic and hierarchical structures are still in place. This can really slow down the process of getting anything done. The organization is also extremely risk-averse, which plays a role in the overall slowness. Pay is fine, but raises are low and promotions are based solely on tenure with the organization.
- 2.0Mar 19, 2023Government RelationsFormer Employee, more than 3 yearsWashington, DC
I actually think outside of this department Pew isn’t a bad place to work. Excellent work/life balance, generous retirement and time off, run of the mill benefits, etc. It has the reputation for a reason this is where you come to either A. Have a baby or B. Go back to get an advanced degree. If you want to work but maybe not terribly hard come here.
It’s particular but worth noting the GR department might be the most devalued, understaffed, misunderstood, mismanagement, underfunded, and confused department in the entire institution. If you are a global nonprofit and have a GR department fighting for its life to stay relevant something is not adding up. Your mission is to do public good through policy change but virtually every senior level staff of GR was let go or left within the past few months? Riddle me that? How are you going to get anything tangibly accomplished? So many other organizations base their strategies off the advice what is their government relations shop reasonably accepting can be accomplished? But no keep writing all these papers no one will ever read and expect things to change.5
- 2.0Sep 7, 2023AssociateFormer Employee, more than 8 yearsWashington, DC
Meaningful work and more resources to do the work than many nonprofits; many passionate staff
Leadership acknowledged there is a "culture of fear" within the organization but did little to address it; staff have been demoted or laid off with little transparency; current environment program leadership has devalued projects, staff, and partners within the U.S.; DEI efforts are mostly lip service1
- 4.0Sep 8, 2023Associate Project ManagerFormer Employee, more than 1 yearWashington, DC
Good Organization, everyone is super helpful and understanding. Very parent-friendly office.
Not a lot of training for newer professionals. Very much trial by fire.
- 3.0Sep 4, 2023Senior ManagerFormer Employee, more than 8 years
Great staff, comradery, reasonable benefits (had been better previously), great mission
Newer leadership is a bit shallow, seems to be on autopilot
- 2.0Aug 29, 2023Senior AssociateFormer EmployeeWashington, DC
Great Benefits and work life balance
Little room for career growth, not enough meaningful work to do, promotions are hard to come by
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Pew Charitable Trusts has an overall rating of 3.6 out of 5, based on over 406 reviews left anonymously by employees. 65% of employees would recommend working at Pew Charitable Trusts to a friend and 75% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has been stable over the past 12 months.
65% of Pew Charitable Trusts employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated Pew Charitable Trusts 4.3 out of 5 for work life balance, 3.4 for culture and values and 2.9 for career opportunities.