AARP Reviews

Updated March 9, 2015
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  1. Accounting Intern

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    Former Intern - Accounting Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Accounting Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at AARP as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    People there are very nice and benefits in AARP are really good. I've heard that the new CEO does a very good job in doing business.

    Cons

    Not so much training over there, you had to learn and master things by yourself. It is a little low paced.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would say if there were more opportunities for entry level employees, then it would be my favorite company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Facilities manager

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    Former Employee - Facilities Manager
    Former Employee - Facilities Manager

    I worked at AARP full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    7 hours work day, excellent benefits, not much stress so you can actually have a life outside of work. Very friendly and easy going people to work with. Some super smart technical staff. I have nothing bad at all to say about my experience with work or the staff. Had a great time working at AARP!

    Cons

    Company overspends on frivolous perks for executives. They also spend money like water on equipment and building upgrades based on advice from inexperienced inside executive staff. For a non profit organization, they sure do like to waste money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a good, long look at where the money has gone over the past 10 years and ask yourself...was it really worth it?

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    The staff are great, the management leaves something to be desired.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AARP full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Social mission organization, excellent benefits, good managers, good worker protections, work/life balance minded, reasonable opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    Compensation could be better, management is too large, tendency to create silos.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. Mostly good

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    Current Employee - Market Research Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Market Research Manager in Washington, DC

    I have been working at AARP full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Shared purpose and vision. Very little dead weight. Clear alignment of organizational strategy, objectives, and roles

    Cons

    Too much talk and not enough action. We constantly get in our own way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline and train the non-profit side in business!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. Good environment, great benefits, a little politicy

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at AARP

    Pros

    Location, benefits, competitive pay, work life balance, real focus on the engagement of employees, interesting part of town (next to Verizon center), convenient to mass transit, well resourced

    Cons

    Long term employees entrenched in their jobs with little incentive to change. Struggled with identity as business versus membership/lobbying organization.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Excellent leadership

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    Former Intern - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at AARP as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    I had incredible bosses who were invested in my success and made me invest in theirs.

    Cons

    Interns not compensated fairly for the amount of dedication given.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay the interns more. They do incredible work and should be compensated better for their time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Campaign Strategy Intern

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    Former Intern - Campaign Strategy in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Campaign Strategy in Washington, DC

    I worked at AARP as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Helpful management provides a friendly working environment and shows an interest in the success of all new interns. Allows interns to try new things and pursue various interests.

    Cons

    There is little direction provided a lot of the time, which makes success difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More of a focus on career development and long-term projects would help to provide a better experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. Communications inter

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    Former Intern - Communications Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Communications Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at AARP as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great Pay for interns. Pretty nice Office. Nice people. the organization is huge so what you will be doing and who you will be working with is pretty random.

    Cons

    As an intern- not many cons. Some of the upper management didn't agree with each other on a bunch of topics making it hard to be successful in general.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. A good place to work

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    Current Employee - Vice President in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Vice President in Washington, DC

    I have been working at AARP full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to try new things.

    Cons

    Big and slow to implement change

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. A great company to work for!!

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    Former Contractor - Mainframe Developer in Lakewood, CA
    Former Contractor - Mainframe Developer in Lakewood, CA

    I worked at AARP as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunities to learn new skills and become familiar working for a non-profit organization

    Cons

    Some, which were merely annoyances. Transfer knowledge practices to new IT members could be improved.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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