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Pew Research Center Reviews

Updated April 2, 2019
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  1. "Great place to learn"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pew Research Center full-time

    Pros

    Dynamic team with a great research agenda

    Cons

    Can be slow moving on new opportunities


  2. "Working here does not feel like a "job""

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    Current Employee - Associate Director
    Current Employee - Associate Director

    I have been working at Pew Research Center full-time

    Pros

    Very interesting work. Great opportunities to learn and grow.

    Cons

    Can be bureaucratic in some ways

  3. "Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pew Research Center full-time

    Pros

    international recognition
    great learning experience
    you are working with some of the brightest minds

    Cons

    management
    stress of being absolutely correct
    every team has different standards


  4. "Great place to grow, interesting people"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The caliber of research here is top notch. Being able to work here and gain knowledge and skill from more seasoned pew researchers is amazing. It's also nice to work for a non-partisan, non-profit organization.

    Cons

    Sometimes workflow is slow, and training can be lacking depending on the team you're on. HR tries to do what they can to make everyone invovled with each other and get everyone to be more social, but it rarely works. Some people I've met in the Center are kind of pretentious and act like they're better than you. But most of the others I've met are great, very friendly and helpful. I guess it's normal to have a few bad eggs.


  5. "Amazing Place, Brilliant People, Great Name; More Attention/Responsibility Should Be Given To Interns"

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    Former Employee - Global Research Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Global Research Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Getting to work with brilliant people
    Reasonable Salary for an Intern (15 an hour)
    Friendly Research Assistants, I made friends my first week and people took me out all summer

    Cons

    They need a more established intern program. I went all summer without meeting half the other interns. Pew is very siloed between departments and interns should be encouraged to be a cohesive group.
    Low level of responsibility given to interns. Oftentimes tasked with the most menial tasks. i understand that's how research works (Research Assistants get the second most menial tasks) but I think that they can definitely improve upon giving responsibility to those who ask/are capable of it.

    Advice to Management

    Create more intern oriented events.
    Advice to future interns: Get to know as many people as possible and go to all social events/join all the chat pages. Its a great place


  6. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Operations Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Operations Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pew Research Center full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Get to make material contributions to nationally and internationally renowned work and see the results on the news every day.
    Coworkers are very friendly and welcoming to new hires, with an engaged office culture that encourages collaboration.
    Staff are respectful of administrative and operations workers and work to integrate them into office functions.
    HR clearly prioritizes workplace wellness and community building programs.

    Cons

    Sometimes the workload during high-volume times can be pretty stressful, but the same is true everywhere.
    Some of the structure and systems feel a bit inconsistent and inefficient.

    Advice to Management

    Ask your staff what is needed! New hires and people at lower levels can bring unexpected insight from our previous experience which can provide important perspective on what needs changing.


  7. "S"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    independent, non-partisan fact tank between academic and applied research

    Cons

    intransparent, unclear vision, heavy focus on communication rather than robust research

    Advice to Management

    Transparency would help

  8. "Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You have the most passionate and intelligent co-workers (for the most part). Most people are clearly experts in their area of interest. Departments are flexible with giving vacation days and personal time off, they are very understanding of unexpected life events. The insurance and retirement plans are great.

    Cons

    Pew Research Center is a subsidiary of Pew Trusts, and while they emphasize how the company is "one Pew," in reality the name is carried by PRC and not the Trusts. Things at PRC are becoming more like the Trusts in terms of bureaucracy. It is hard to get a promotion or raise, and if you do not have a masters or PhD do not expect to make a career there. While the company is a non-partisan it is clear that the majority of people that work there are liberal, and there is a lack of diversity when it comes to ideology. The pay is also terrible.


  9. "Research Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pew Research Center full-time

    Pros

    Knowledgable staff, interesting research. Rewarding projects

    Cons

    upward growth is at times limited. very set in their ways and a bit resistant to change.

    Advice to Management

    Get more feedback from entry level/mid level staff.


  10. "Great work environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pew Research Center full-time

    Pros

    Pew Research Center is a great place to work for intellectually curious individuals. The academic rigor of their analysis combined with a journalistic style of reporting research findings makes the Center's work very impactful. It was so rewarding to have worked with such bright people who are so passionate about their work.

    Cons

    Pew Research Center is a subsidiary of The Pew Charitable Trusts, an organization with a much different corporate culture.