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Pew Charitable Trusts Reviews

Updated October 6, 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 34 reviews)

  • Smart people and great benefits (in 36 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 9 reviews)

  • Mental abuse by senior management (in 16 reviews)

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  1. "A Great Place to Work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Pew Charitable Trusts full-time

    Pros

    Excellent benefits
    Great work-life balance
    Great location
    Smart people
    Opportunity to make a difference and have an impact in the world through the use of data, science and facts to solve problems and inform the public.

    Cons

    High expectations, structured, detail orientation

    Advice to Management

    None


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great benefits; odd structure"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    strong 401K and health benefits
    good time off policies
    the enterprise accomplishes interesting policy work

    Cons

    top-down micromanagement
    good people managers are needed here because of structure, but HR doesn't select for that

    Advice to Management

    show loyalty and trust to your employees and they will reciprocate

  3. "Working at Pew Trusts"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - SharePoint Administrator in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - SharePoint Administrator in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazingly immaculate head quarters building. Great co-workers. Incredible benefits.

    Cons

    Daily parking costs are not for the faint hearted.

    Advice to Management

    Not available.


  4. Helpful (7)

    "Challenging environment"

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

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

    Pros

    Such a positive to work for an organization that has the resources to put towards doing good in the world BUT only if it works ....

    Cons

    Way too bureaucratic ... impossible to be nimble and act when it's needed. Hard to get contracts out the door and move money. The organization grew way too fast and now it has lousy managers. The lack of caring about employees (despite the "show" to the contrary) makes it a challenging place to work.


  5. Helpful (6)

    "Productivity comes here to die"

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

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

    Pros

    If you are just starting out, this is a great place to learn with very few consequences for mistakes, and the name looks good on a resume. I also really liked the people I worked with directly although I hesitate to say "the people were so great!" like many other reviews because many of the people in the operations departments are incompetent and self-aggrandizing. Overall I would take an entry level job here if you are a recent grad but wouldn't recommend a higher up position.

    Cons

    There is truly a culture of fear here which makes everything move very slowly because everyone is afraid to get something wrong. Millions of layers of approval. No room for creativity. It really stifles your career growth as well because no one trusts you, whether you're an associate or director.

    Advice to Management

    Stop restructuring and changing your policies annually. If you paid people more they would stay and you would have better institutional memory to prevent needless swings between diametrically opposed policies


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Researcher in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Researcher in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    My manager and the manager above that are great, unlike the experience of some others here, apparently. They encourage us to find and work on our passions (within the limits of the group's mandate, of course).

    The benefits are great, including a 12% match to your 401(k) and fantastic health, eye and dental benefits for minimal employee contributions for the "high" health insurance plan. If you choose the "low" health insurance plan, which is adequate but not fabulous, you pay nothing.

    Staff are committed and enthusiastic. The location in DC is great.

    Cons

    The salaries aren't commensurate with what similarly-qualified people could get in government or some other NGOs. I took a paycut to come here. Pew may think this is a tradeoff they can make because their name is so prestigious, and in my case that was true. However, I would bet this is the reason why so many junior-level officers depart once they get mortgages and start families.

    Also, Pew doesn't offer telework, unlike almost every other company these days. Even most government agencies offer telework.

    Advice to Management

    Consider offering telework to attract millenials. Consider benchmarking the salaries against government levels, in order to retain more staff.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Pew Charitable Trusts"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pew Charitable Trusts full-time

    Pros

    Great mission, benefits, can-do esprit-de-corps camraderie

    Cons

    Very top-down organization, micro-managed to degree of paralysis.

    Advice to Management

    The Trust already hires great and world-class people. Let them do what they can do. You will be amazed and the Trust will be better off for it.

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Pewgatory"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    * The best thing about Pew is working with intelligent and motivated professionals.
    * Free coffee.

    Cons

    * Everything else about Pew is awful. The culture is very top down and it is stifling. Management is concerned with little else than making themselves look good, which creates a culture of toadyism.
    * Salaries at Pew are meh at best. Benefits used to be great, but the board (in its infinite wisdom) reduced them, and then the organization tried to sell it as a positive rather than be honest.
    * Experiences differ by project, but for the most part the only benefit of working here is to get the Pew name on your resume. Apart from that, I recommend avoiding this place like the plague.


  9. "Great Work-Life Balance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pew Charitable Trusts full-time

    Pros

    shorter work schedule, women in management roles

    Cons

    no privacy in work areas, lower salaries


  10. "Admin Asst"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Team I worked with while at Pew. Was great everyone was very smart.

    Cons

    Do not current have any cons about the company. I enjoyed my time at Pew.


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