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Pew Research Center Reviews

Updated May 16, 2017
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  1. "Good opportunity and a great place to learn and intern."

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    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pew Research Center full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Highly respectable people and professional team to work with. Interesting research topics to explore. Good pay for interns. Access to events occasionally.

    Cons

    A quiet research institute comparatively. But generally a good internship experience. Could be more education access and opportunities for interns.


  2. "Low pressure but little career advancement"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pew Research Center full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits and a good work/life balance. Lots of interesting and genuinely kind employees. And the work tends to be pretty interesting.

    Cons

    Rigid hierarchical structure with little room for advancement. Slow moving decision-making and little invested in employees. Anemic internal development and progress. Stay for a year for the reputational bump on your resume and then get out.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good stepping stone"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Pew Research Center full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Smart and interesting co-workers, organization is well-respected for a reason, interesting subject areas and great benefits, not a lot of drama

    Cons

    There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason for promotions. Hard work is expected but not rewarded in promotions or salaries. As I said, there's not a lot of drama, but when there is, people don't know how to use direct communication.


  4. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    I worked at Pew Research Center (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Smart and nice people, good work environment, non-partisan stance and high-quality research

    Cons

    Limited entry-level employment opportunities for the internationals


  5. "Great Employer, Low Pressure"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Pew Research Center full-time

    Pros

    Fascinating work; Opportunities for growth and advancement; Generous benefits; Great people; High standards for performance; Great work environment

    Cons

    Advancement without a graduate degree is difficult; Overall, a great place to work.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Interesting work, no investment in employees"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pew Research Center full-time

    Pros

    Fascinating work that is widely respected. Good name to have on your resume. Lots of talented people from academia and journalism. As in many think tank jobs, the pay is fine but not great, hours are totally reasonable, and pressure is low.

    Cons

    By far the biggest con is the fact that the PRC does not invest in research assistants and other entry-level employees. There have only been a handful of people who have ever been promoted out of the assistant level. Only work here as an early-career job if you are planning to make it short-term or have your own external plans for next steps.


  7. "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Pew Research Center (More than a year)

    Pros

    Brilliant people, great culture, work-life balance, amazing benefits.

    Cons

    Many rounds of editorial review can be frustrating.

  8. "decent first job, low room for advancement"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Pew Research Center full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    work-life balance is great, interesting work, always smart coworkers, and an exciting place to be, yet not hectic or stress culture

    Cons

    theres little advancement, organization can be set in its ways, hard to implement change, some slackers remain employed forever


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Good benefits, good pay, not much room for advancement"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good benefits, good pay, great 401k and health plans. Compensation is great for comparable jobs elsewhere. Very casual work environment.

    Cons

    No bonuses. No tuition reimbursement plans. Feels understaffed at times. Not much room for advancement within the company or better titles.


  10. Helpful (12)

    "Smart people, great benefits"

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    Current Employee - Assoc Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Assoc Director in Washington, DC
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    Pros

    Smart people, mostly academics and journalists, working together. Nice office. Great benefits, including Incredible 401k: I'm now putting in 6% while Pew matches that and adds another 7%. The pay is great for a nonprofit. They try to keep pace with top universities and media outlets.

    Cons

    Some -- not all -- of the seven projects are beyond meticulous to the point of being anal. Internal memos don't need 10 drafts.

    Advice to Management

    Some directors of projects act like kings ruling over their fiefdom. Giving them such power and autonomy allows each project to have its own unique brand and emphasis, and that is good. The problem is when the dictator isn't so benevolent and employees' only question is: what does the director want? That can lead to the paralysis of analysis, especially when the director doesn't clearly communicate or even know what he wants. Train, develop, empower and promote your other employees -- especially the young ones -- and you will have a happier, more productive workplace.


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