Pew Charitable Trusts Reviews

Updated 30 Jun 2020

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Pew Charitable Trusts President and CEO Susan K. Urahn
Susan K. Urahn
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  • "Mental abuse by senior management(in 16 reviews)

  • "Highly bureaucratic environment, culture of fear among staff, no diversity among non administrative staff(in 12 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Large, bureaucratic organization but able to achieve goals."

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pew Charitable Trusts full-time

    Pros

    Excellent people, have the resource to achieve lots.

    Cons

    Process heavy, workload and autonomy dependent upon your management.

  2. Helpful (1)

    "Administrative Assistant"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Pew Charitable Trusts full-time

    Pros

    Knowledgeable staff, great office location

    Cons

    Very process driven, lots of policies to contend with.


  3. "While it has the money to accomplish great good, it is hindered by its antiquated rules and regulations"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pew Charitable Trusts full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Pew has an enormous wealth of money, meaning that campaigns have the ability to spend money to achieve results that for many non-profits is their entire operational budget. For many who have worked in nonprofit sectors before, the looming threat of finances always damages campaigns, but you will not find that at Pew.

    Cons

    You cannot receive any form of promotion until you have been at Pew over two years. After that you cannot receive a second promotion for another three years. Please note it is extremely difficult to even receive a promotion due to Human Resources extremely lengthy rules and organization charts. If you are international, do not even think of applying to any US based jobs- Pew does not issue work visas. It is so narrow-minded as an institution that it believes all of it talent should be from the United States. In 1950s perhaps this would be tolerated but this jingo-centric view has no place in the 21st century.

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  4. "Update on Pew"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pew Charitable Trusts full-time

    Pros

    The people who work at Pew, are great--in spite of how dysfunctional the organization is.

    Cons

    The organization does not care about people--at all. It cares about results, which are great, but makes no effort from senior management to support or care about the people who make its successes possible.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Mixed Bag"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pew Charitable Trusts full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great benefits, flexible work arrangements, co-workers are smart and care about making progress. I like the work that I do. New management is coming in which should be a positive change.

    Cons

    Pew is very corporate, not like a nonprofit. There is a culture of perfection and fear so it can be hard to get things done. There are multiple layers of micromanagement. They do not like to promote from within. You can get promoted from associate to senior associate but it is unlikely to get promoted to management.

  6. Helpful (2)

    "Leadership change"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Pew Charitable Trusts full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Lots of smart and wonderful colleagues. Work on important issues. Decent pay and work-life balance. Pew’s top leadership is changing and hopefully many of the downsides of working at Pew will be resolved in the coming year.

    Cons

    Pew staff have been challenged by management measures that frustrate staff. See other reviews for perspectives.

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  7. Helpful (2)

    "Good Employer"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pew Charitable Trusts full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Benefits, Salary, Work-Life Balance are exemplary

    Cons

    None so far, time will tell

  8. Helpful (3)

    "fine- corporate and detached"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Pew Charitable Trusts full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    support good initiatives, good 401k (6% match!)

    Cons

    annual cutting of benefits, annual raise doesn't cover increase in COL, work can be sporadic, lack of bravery. very corporate feeling, not very change-the-world. difficult to move up.

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  9. Helpful (3)

    "Amazing place to work!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC

    I worked at Pew Charitable Trusts full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Everything is well-managed and clear. I never had any confusion about human resource issues (a big issue with other former employers). The work is substantial without being overwhelming.

    Cons

    None come to mind, it's a great place to work.

  10. Helpful (4)

    "Smart people and a strong mission"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pew Charitable Trusts full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Pew has incredibly smart people who are passionate about the issues they work on. Benefits, work/life balance, and physical space are great. And what has been a fairly conservative culture is improving quite quickly of late, with a more relaxed dress code, a less formal culture, and an inclusion and diversity task force that includes staff from across the organization.

    Cons

    The variety of projects is vast, so policy teams can be insular. That means you need to be sure to meet your manager before you come on, and it may make it hard to move around and get promoted unless you're willing to move to a new team.

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