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Updated February 2, 2015
Updated February 2, 2015
23 Reviews
2.0
23 Reviews
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AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance was good and lots of good work could have potentially been done (in 17 reviews)

  • work life balance, growth opportunity and great benefits (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Many in senior management level positions are woefully inexperienced (in 6 reviews)

  • Very slow decision-making timeframe (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Internship

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Princeton, NJ

    I worked at AARP part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Enjoy the opportunity to correspond with your state legislators on issues pertaining to the interests of the senior community, research topics including healthcare policy, utility rates, financial planning for older citizens.

    Cons

    The material can be extremely dry at times, and some employees are not exactly overly outgoing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give interns a more clear message as to what is expected of them on a daily basis, including more clear project guidelines and advice.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Dull and irrelevant work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Operations Intern in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Business Operations Intern in Princeton, NJ

    I worked at AARP

    Pros

    Good work/life balance
    Good culture of advocacy

    Cons

    Not a lot of opportunities or responsibilities given to interns
    No manager feedback.
    You have to take initiative to get work on projects

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a more carefully crafted intern plan

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Don't follow their own mission

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AARP full-time

    Pros

    Some great people, pay well, some challenging jobs

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, staff get nervous every year for fear of arbitrary layoff...because it happens often, bad rating because they do not live up to the vision of their founder...to provide people with job security. Of course, change is necessary, but this is typical corporate type of change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Come back to the values of the founder before the organization gets too far off track.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great cause, Lack of good leaders focused on that cause and its employees.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC

    I have been working at AARP full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Has the membership and money to move mountains. The new CEO JoAnne Jenkins is a champion for change and with her leadership those mountains will be just hills to climb. Change is in the air and that is most needed and there is great enthusiasm for this change!

    Cons

    Certain departments lack leadership. There is an autocratic style of leadership which does not motivate or inspire the staff. I have been here less than 3 years and AARP doesn't bring out the best in me. I feel suppressed and made to feel less of a contributor for fear of being labeled.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect your staff and build them up not tear them down.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nice ppl. No creativity. They know what they know.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at AARP

    Pros

    Great work life balance. Very nice and smart people work here. Good job security. Great benefits.

    Cons

    NO IMAGINATION. Terrible job of cultivating talent. No creativity and poor vision. Lots of ambiguity. Failure is not an option (thus, no innovation) and clear failures are never framed as such - entirely too PC.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Completely revamp external communications efforts (losing relevance amongst those that will alive over the next 20-30 years). Bring in people who think differently and are tune with what's current. Seek general visibility as well as demographic specific visibility. Recognize that your organization lacks creativity/innovation and do something about. ACT. Provide opportunities for lower level staff to interface w/ big wigs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Walking on eggshells

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AARP full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Thinking that you were being a part of the original vision and mission statement. Really nice facilities including a gym.Good work / life balance.

    Cons

    Leadership and employee morale was very shaky under Barry Rand. Reorganization, layoffs and outsourcing was the name of the game when he was in office, which ironically, half the hundreds of effected workers, were aged 50 or older. I hope that the new CEO of AARP can steer the ship in the right direction.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unsatisfactory

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Irving, TX
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Irving, TX

    I have been working at AARP part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    There are no real best reasons

    Cons

    The orientation process is backwards. I've been working through AARP for the past month and I've yet to have my orientation..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All orientations should be performed prior to the employee placed with an employer

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Mismanagement destroying employee morale and raising internal control risks

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AARP full-time

    Pros

    The team that I worked with was full of friendly employees that came to work and wanted to work hard and do a great job. Work-life balance was good and lots of good work could have potentially been done. Camaraderie was high amongst staff.

    Cons

    Bad managers did their best to divide and conquer the staff to ensure no challenges. Employees were kept in a state of constant fear that there would be reprisals for speaking ones mind, even if it was in the best interest of AARP as an organization as a whole. This problem of insufferable management was known to exist by the C-suite, but nothing was done to rectify situation unless the problem became untenable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice to give. Management knows what the problem is, but they won't address it. Can't help someone who takes that stance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    "Time is NOT on your side...No, it's not."

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Support Services in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Administrative Support Services in Washington, DC

    I worked at AARP full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    When you find a sector of the organization that's truly serious about utilizing your talents, recognizing your efforts and really investing in your growth as both an employee and an individual, it can truly be a fantastic place to work.

    Cons

    On the flip side of that, woe be unto you who have the misfortune of working for someone who shouldn't be managing a land fill, let alone an office full of people. It's a crapshoot - and your odds of "winning" are about as good as playing Powerball.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    At this stage of the game, there's not much advice I haven't already offered to senior management, and it no longer bears repeating, since it tends to fall on truly deaf ears. I fear that for THIS 'remake' of the Titanic, the iceberg is looming dead ahead, and well, you know how that turned out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Disappointing Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AARP full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits are decent. Work life balance was fair. Compensation was good. Wonderful group of co-workers, hard working, decent people for the most part.

    Cons

    Beware your career. Uncertain future with many challenges. There will be much more outsourcing to come. Evaluations, reviews, and hiring practices are biased with many EEO issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not worth the time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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