The Pew Charitable Trusts Employee Reviews

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There is quite a lot you can learn working for Pew.
Executive Administrative Assistant (Current Employee) –  Washington, DCDecember 12, 2018
I learned quite a lot working for Pew. Pew will most definitely teach how to work with integrity and purpose. Also, I really liked their commitment to the environment.
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Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCDecember 3, 2018
I learned a lot about public policy and gained quite a few technical skills working at Pew which are Peoplesoft, Salesforce, QuickBase, using the MRM system for booking conference rooms.
Pros
Great benefits
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Well-respected, hard-driving, policy outfit performing meaningful work in a collaborative culture
Senior Associate (Current Employee) –  Washington, DCOctober 24, 2018
Although you may feel constricted by the multiple layers of review for any written products or presentations, the end result is high-quality work that garners positive receptivity from state and national policy-makers. The management generally engages in good practices, fostering a collegial work environment. You'll be surrounded by smart people who are willing to go the extra mile and be supportive.
Pros
High impact policy work; strong institutional resources/funding
Cons
Aggressive time lines for deliverables that can eat into work-life balance
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Horrible Environment, don't let the prestige fool you
Contract Administrator (temporary) (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCSeptember 4, 2018
Most people are unhappy there. Poor pay.
Horrible bureaucracy. Not a great place to work.Most people are unhappy there. Really don't work here, it's not a good place.
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Interesting, but slow...
HR and Program Operations lead (Current Employee) –  Washington, DCAugust 2, 2018
Interesting organization to work at if you're excited about tangible change. Slow processes and red tape delay progress due to the nature of the organization (reputation).
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Good place to work
Associate, Project Delivery (Current Employee) –  Washington, DCAugust 1, 2018
A good place to work for those begging their careers. The company is very focused on quality work being produced even at the cost of time. Senior management is often involved in most of the processes and the company is very top heavy. It is a great place to learn and execute standard ideal processes.
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Quiet environment
Associate (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCJune 14, 2018
The company has a unique culture and follows research practices that could be considered unconventional. Working in research, many colleagues don't actually come with research experience.
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Administrative Assistant (Current Employee) –  Washington, DCJune 4, 2018
Pew allows me to have balance with raising children and necessary travel I enjoy working for the Trusts. I enjoy working with my co-workers. Summer hour are definitely a plus.
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Fun, Family Oriented, and Professional
Permanent Employee - Field Operations (Current Employee) –  Washington City, DCMay 21, 2018
Work pace was really slow and boring. Inquired about additional work, but not able to accomodate in the current position unless promoted. Work/life balance was great and management was very good and willing to do as much as they could within limits. The workplace culture was fun, family oriented, professional, and openly diverse.
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productive, fun, determined, and sociable atmosphere
Support Manager,Product Owner,Scrum Master (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCMay 15, 2018
Many projects going on with project manager and team working together. Candidate must be willing to work, being proactive, interacting with knowledgeable end-user. Directors are involved and at times will be proactive in getting things moving on projects
Pros
productive, fun, determined, and sociable atmosphere
Cons
Commute to downtown DC
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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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Don't Do it...Especially if it's Temp to Perm
Administrative Assistant (Temporary) (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCMarch 29, 2018
I was so excited to be brought into Pew. I had been trying to get in for about a year and I finally was. Four weeks later, I was let go. I received no on-going feedback from anyone. Just fired! It was not the type of culture that I'd expected. Cliquey.
Pros
None - I was a temp
Cons
Lack of communication
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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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Doing good in the world
Associate, Contracts and Procurement Services (Current Employee) –  Washington, DCMarch 15, 2018
A great organization that seeks to make a difference in the world. And they do! Amazing people work here that just blow you away. However, the bureaucracy is big here, and there is not often room for career advancement. The only way to advance is to apply for a new job internally.
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Management, internal structure
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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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Pew is a great place to work
Research Officer (Current Employee) –  Washington, DCNovember 12, 2017
Pew is a great place to work. Smart, friendly colleagues. Good compensation. Opportunity to effect policy change and learn a lot. Encourage you to apply.
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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 policy experience
Research Associate (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCOctober 18, 2017
Great group of people, very interesting topics and good first professional experience for a policy analyst. However, progress on projects is very slow and can be frustrating and managers often do not understand the analytics well enough to direct their own teams.
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Temp Life
Senior Executive Assistant (Current Employee) –  Washington, DCJuly 31, 2017
Pew Charitable Trust, is not the company they say they are, act like they support the wild life, while paying perm employees great, temp out all jobs so they don't have to cover insurance. they have several temps that work less that 37 hours. They are a day to day company, if you can build your lively hood on day to day, then they are great.
Pros
location
Cons
not a stable company
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