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Pew Charitable Trusts Reviews

Updated January 18, 2018
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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. "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


  2. "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.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Stable and well funded"

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

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

    Pros

    Never had to worry about funding and lots of smart people as colleagues

    Cons

    Really slow roads to advancement.


  4. "Pros and cons"

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

    Pros

    Excellent salary and above average benefits
    Solid, nonpartisan reputation that allows for opportunity and access
    Smart, motivated people

    Cons

    The bureaucracy can be bizarre and detrimental to program work
    The comms dept is largely dysfunctional when it comes to serving programs
    The DC office is more formal than most would like

    Advice to Management

    Simplify


  5. Helpful (11)

    "Don't Do It."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate
    Former Employee - Senior Associate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The money is decent and you typically get to leave at 5:30 on the dot which is rare for DC.

    Cons

    1) Leadership - Pew is an experiment in which all of the really socially awkward wonks in grad school who just wanted to crunch numbers all day suddenly become senior executives and are forced to interface and manage people.

    2) Diversity - Also, how in Washington, DC there isn't a single person of color in senior leadership (or even leading a policy team) is entirely beyond me. Not a single one. Not a single latina, black man, native woman or other ethnic minority is in a leadership role. For an organization of 900+ people that's like, almost impossible. It's almost like there's some form of structure that limits people of color (+ a lot of women) from succeeding. Weird.

    3) Career Path - Washington knows that Pew staffers kind of suck. Few Pew staffers leave and then land at other top-tier policy/politics shops. Scan the White House (Obama and Trump), top tier federal agencies, the Urban, Bookings, Heritage, and guess what? No former Pew staffers.

    Advice to Management

    Burn it down.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "A reputation management firm disguised as a non-profit."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pew Charitable Trusts full-time

    Pros

    I've never been paid more to do less. Great for parents, if leaving at 4:30 and not working weekends is important, it's great.

    Cons

    The organization is so concerned about their reputation they refuse to pursue meaningful work or give their staff the operational space to make a difference. Incredibly top-heavy organizational structure. Son TOPs lack a clear objective and focus and I get the impression that certain managers care more about getting paid than doing good work.

    I was attracted to Pew because of the good work I thought they did. I'm really disappointed in management's insecure pettiness and commitment to mediocrity.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your staff more, cut the bureaucracy let them excel.

    Don't let a fear of how others perceive you stop you from doing good works.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Good place if you can suffer the bureaucracy"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work, real impact, and a well-resourced institution that can make things happen. Good work-life balance (mostly, depending on the culture of your team.)

    Cons

    So bureaucratic it can make your eyes bleed. Be prepared to spend half your day jumping through pointless hoops. Half the institution is dedicated to dealing with paperwork of its own creation. However - the other half of your day can be pretty great.

    Advice to Management

    Trust good people to do good work, ASK what they think, and LISTEN to them. The Executive Office too often assumes it knows everything.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Don't plan on staying long."

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

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

    Pros

    401K; smart colleagues; nice building; work/life balance

    Cons

    too many processes; crabs in a barrel; no teamwork; no respect for lower level staff

    Advice to Management

    open your eyes to what employees are saying; hire new CEO and VP's


  9. "Smart People but a lot of bureacracy"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pew Charitable Trusts full-time

    Pros

    There is an opportunity to work on meaningful and interesting issues.

    Cons

    The bureaucracy really is stifling.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Beware"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great reputation. Great location in Penn Quarter. Beautiful Offices. Great Benefits.

    Cons

    Everything else not listed above. Dysfunctional culture. A lot of money can cover up a lot of stupid.

    Advice to Management

    Retire or quit.


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