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Updated Sep 29, 2022

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3.4
69%
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85%
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Pew Charitable Trusts President and CEO Susan K. Urahn
Susan K. Urahn
47 Ratings

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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 22 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 16 reviews)
  • "Pew is sclerotic, and the entire staff is afraid of the CEO, who runs things by whim and fiat.(in 14 reviews)
  • "Culture of fear, hierarchical, disempowering to junior staff(in 11 reviews)
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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Stellar employee base

    Jul 19, 2022 - Senior Associate 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Collected the best experts, smart and top of the line

    Cons

    No specific concerns only comment would be promotions may be harder to obtain

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  2. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Great place to work; lots of change happening

    Sep 29, 2022 - Senior Associate 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Nice collaborative people, culture is evolving in a postive way, great benefits and work life balance

    Cons

    Too much consensus building which slows things down

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  3. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Decent place to work

    Sep 15, 2022 - Senior Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Good hours, very smart colleagues

    Cons

    Lots of micromanagement, limited promotion opportunities

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  4. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Great work/life balance

    Aug 31, 2022 - Principal Associate 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Work/life balance is great and embedded in their culture. 401K is great. A very organized institution. Being part of useful and helpful projects for society and environment.

    Cons

    Individuals that do half of what they need to do tend to make more income than "you". Approvals can be intense. A significant amount of people do the bare minimum and get away with it.

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  5. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Positive experience

    Aug 29, 2022 - Associate I in Washington, DC
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great benefits, organization driven by values, kind people, organized systems

    Cons

    Lower pay than average, takes a while to advance, recruitment was slow

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  6. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 8 years

    A good place to work, despite constant changes

    Aug 19, 2022 - Project Director 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Very competitive salary for my field. Above average benefits. Programmatically, a unique place to work in the sense that we can simultaneously operate as a funder and as a campaigner - this is a rare and powerful capacity that gives our teams a unique advantage to win public policy matters and outcomes beneficial to society.

    Cons

    There is constant change that hampers mid to long-range objectives. Pew generally likes to operate on achieving results in 2-5 years, which can be difficult in new space or in spaces where we work at the pace of, say, the federal government. This also hampers abilities to form long-term relationships with indigenous communities as well. Also, Pew is very hierarchal, which sometimes gets in the way of allowing good ideas to float.

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  7. 3.0
    Former Employee

    One former employees view

    Aug 31, 2022 - Officer 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Continues to select timely and critical topics that in most cases create positive change if implemented. This is due to the dedication of Pew's staff of asking the difficult questions and following the data to find the answers.

    Cons

    In recent years, senior leaders lacked a commitment to Pew's project staff and churned through them like a hot knife through butter. There was, and is, little loyalty to those who have been there and done that. And, evidently it is having an effect on morale and products.

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  8. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Inside the shiny exterior

    Aug 17, 2022 - Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Well-funded organization and projects. Good benefits. Dedicated smart people overall. Lots of professional development opportunities at all levels. Central location in DC.

    Cons

    Hierarchical and overly-structured. Inflexible. Image-conscious. Too focused on "wins" undermines real challenges. Frustrating and burdensome processes that unnecessarily increase workload. Some punitive, petty, and unethical managers. Some staff with limited domain expertise overseeing technical projects. Variable project longevity. Inconsistent promotion practices and preferences for certain staff. Non-existent or very limited remote work options made worse by distracting open offices.

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  9. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Excellent Opportunities; downsides minimal

    Jul 6, 2022 - Director 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    -sterling org. reputation -highest quality substantive work -smart, kind, thoughtful colleagues -strong benefits

    Cons

    -more formal culture -overly long review processes on written work -relatively cautious approach to all things

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  10. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    More transparency needed

    Jun 29, 2022 - Principal Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Work is based on non-partisan research and analysis, non-controversial work

    Cons

    Board only approves projects for a short period of time making long term mission driven work difficult to achieve. Very bureaucratic and hierarchical organization making processes long and difficult to navigate.

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Pew Charitable Trusts Reviews FAQs

Pew Charitable Trusts has an overall rating of 3.4 out of 5, based on over 375 reviews left anonymously by employees. 69% of employees would recommend working at Pew Charitable Trusts to a friend and 62% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has improved by 9% over the last 12 months.

According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, Pew Charitable Trusts employees rate their compensation and benefits as 3.6 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at Pew Charitable Trusts. This rating has been stable over the past 12 months.

69% of Pew Charitable Trusts employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated Pew Charitable Trusts 3.9 out of 5 for work life balance, 3.2 for culture and values and 3.0 for career opportunities.

According to reviews on Glassdoor, employees commonly mention the pros of working at Pew Charitable Trusts to be work life balance, coworkers, benefits and the cons to be diversity and inclusion, career development, senior leadership.

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