The Pew Charitable Trusts Employee Reviews

2.7
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a little chaotic
Business Analyst (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCApril 15, 2018
low pay. great benefits. constantly changing leadership. interesting work, passionate people, low stress. colleagues were great. standard work day is 7.75 hours
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Great place to work
DIRECTOR, COMPENSATION, BENEFITS and HRIS (Former Employee) –  Washington, DC 20004March 15, 2018
Enjoyed my time with Pew. great atmosphere and culture. Working conditions could not be better. Pay is fair and benefits are fantastic. Good management team in place too.
Pros
great colleagues, working environment, mission
Cons
Everyone thinks they are an expert
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Look Elsewhere
Administrative Assistant (Current Employee) –  Washington, DCMarch 13, 2018
You may be lucky to get a good Director, but if your Director is anything like mine, you will be looking for a new job within months. Pew has a quick turn around rate because of the ridiculous rules, the inability to move up or around and in my case, the lack of support/director but your expected to give outstanding results.
Pros
Insane office parties, benefits are good, great work-life balance!
Cons
Pew doesn't like their employees to advance; you are expected to stay where you are.
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Bad Work Environment, Management, Advancement
Associate (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCNovember 13, 2017
Pew has all the bureaucracy of a non-profit with cut-throatiness of a high-powered law firm. You will be held accountable for your functions (as any job should...), but you will not be given the authority or delegation to perform properly. Come appraisal time, you get a "Congrats, you're average!" (everyone does...), and a three-year waiting period before applying to any other internal position.
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Good benefits/difficult to advance
Manager (Former Employee) –  DC - District of Columbia, DCOctober 27, 2017
Great place for entering the workforce and to get your feet under you. Advancement is unlikely so be ready to bounce after 2 years.

Benefits are top notch for nonprofits.
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Great Mission but no Processes
Manager (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCJuly 7, 2017
Pew is heavily micromanaged from the top. Very rigid and no one other than the CEO of the Trust is allowed to make any decisions. makes for a very time-consuming and frustrating experience.
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No reward or recognition for hard work and no transparency
Senior Associate (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCMay 31, 2017
Hard-working employees are often overlooked for promotions, and many people are in roles doing work several levels above their own title and pay grade. For example, a senior associate left Pew, and that person's work was given to an administrative assistant. Fast forward five years later and that admin is still doing the senior associate's work, but the person is still an admin with admin pay. This happens ALL the time at Pew.
Pros
Pew does not expect you to work after you leave the office.
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If advancement is what you want...
Associate (Current Employee) –  Washington City, DCApril 12, 2017
Make this place a stepping stone and move to greater things. I have learned very quickly that there isn't room for growth so don't get your hopes up.

Benefits are great, but not really worth your sanity. The quality of people you work with varies, but for the most part, people expect the most when all you are provided with are tools to do the least.
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Benefits
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Unfair treatment, Not being paid for what you're worth, Rude Employees
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Depends on the Department
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) –  Philadelphia, PAMarch 3, 2017
The department I worked for was very stiff and uptight. The attorney I worked for was even worse. The only benefits were location and your health benefits started day 1. Other than that I don't have too many positives to say.
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Great benefits
Officer (Current Employee) –  Washington, DCFebruary 21, 2017
Great benefits, pays pretty well for a nonprofit, no real opportunities for advancement, super conservative work place, people are nice
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Toxic Environment
Sr. Associate (Former Employee) –  Washington DCDecember 19, 2016
Toxic environment, no room for upward mobility, smart and hard-working people treated like inept children. CEO is woefully out-of-touch and on a unceasing power trip, surrounding herself with "yes men" who maintain a culture of fear and intimidation.
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Toxic environment, culture of fear
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A culture of siloed information from the top down
Senior Administrative Assistant (Current Employee) –  Washington, DCOctober 7, 2015
White Pew deserves its reputation for high standards in work product and work ethic, it is an organization that works from the top down, with little communication to lower-tiered employees. Information is given on a need-to-know basis, making it difficult to perform a task without several requests for clarification.
Pros
Healthcare
Cons
Low wages; very structured environment
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Pew is a great place to grow and learn
Associate, Real Estate Services (Current Employee) –  Philadelphia, PAMay 12, 2015
A great place for college grads. Pew really grooms you. Its a tough organization to work for but if you can get through it...you will be an awesome employee for the rest of your career. If your lazy or have no sense of humor, not a perfectionist, and closed minded...don't apply.
Pros
Excellent benefits and great environment
Cons
Difficult culture to fit into. If you are not open minded and coach-able you will not succeed here.
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It is a bid company at the center of Washington DC
Senior Associate (Former Employee) –  Washington DCOctober 13, 2014
It is a nice place to work at. The company offers very good benefits.
Cons
Very big
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A nice place to work but management could loosen up a bit
Specialist (Current Employee) –  Washington, DCJanuary 30, 2014
A nice place to work with good work-life balance. Talented people often frustrated by the atmosphere of fear that seems to permeate the management side of things.
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Great place to work for a few years
Communications Staff (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCAugust 21, 2012
Pew is a great place to work for a few years, but ultimately advancement is challenging. Learn what you can and move on!
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