AARP – Why Work For Us?

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Welcome, and thank you for considering a career at AARP.

Through the collective wisdom and energy of our members, AARP is doing amazing things to make life better for today's 50-plus population and generations that follow. In the face of constantly changing realities, AARP is a champion for social change. We help people navigate ageless realities — financial well-being, health, how to contribute to society and local communities, and how to fully enjoy life.

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It takes great people to deliver great results. To deliver on our promise to our members and on our ambitious social agenda, AARP relies on a diverse, skilled, health, highly motivated and committed workforce. To attract, inspire and retain that workforce, AARP offers an environment that encourages and enables their highest achievement.

How We Do It

Listening to Emplyees

Since the true test of our success as an employer is in the eyes of our employees, we ask every employee to participate in our Employee Opinion Pulse Survey (EOPS) at least once a year. The information we obtain from the EOPS informs the initiatives we undertake to be an even better place to work.Supporting the Whole You

Supporting the Whole You

Before we can do better for others, we must do better for ourselves. We must make sure that we manage our energy and personal resources for the journey ahead. We have lives and responsibilities that go well beyond work, and that's a fact that AARP respects. After all, to change lives, you have to have a life yourself.

That's why AARP is taking a more holistic approach to our people programs to encourage well-being in and away from the office.

AARP offers a broad array of programs, benefits, workshops and other tools for employees to use to maximize their energy and support work/life balance: flexible work arrangements; parental leave for birth and adoptive parents; fitness discounts; access to an onsite fitness center or a credit to offset the cost of fitness activities; and LifeWorks©, our consultation and referral service for employees and their families.

Employees can also help one another through our employee crisis fund and vacation donation program.

Recognition

Recognition is an important part of AARP's culture. Everyone at AARP is encouraged to recognize colleagues who go the extra mile or inspire you with their achievement. 

AARP Recognizes You, our online recognition system, enables every employee to recognize others with "recognition points." The points you issue are delivered by email, accompanied by a recognition certificate with your personal message. Employees can redeem the recognition points they receive and spend them any way they choose.

You can also send e-greeting cards through AARP Recognizes You. Select a card design, type in your message and send it — it's that easy. AARP eCards are a great way to tell someone "Thanks," "Great job" or even "Happy Birthday."

Learn and Grow

Our employees enjoy a wide range of opportunities for professional growth and development. AARP offers

  • In-house and online courses to help staff develop essential career skills
  • External workshops and conferences
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • A distance-learning college-degree program through Empire State College (State University of New York)
  • Professional development counseling
  • Professional memberships and subscriptions

In addition, AARP is committed to continually finding ways for employees to learn through rich experiences on the job.

Giving Back to the Community

Our employees enjoy a wide range of opportunities for professional growth and development. AARP offers

  • In-house and online courses to help staff develop essential career skills
  • External workshops and conferences
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • A distance-learning college-degree program through Empire State College (State University of New York)
  • Professional development counseling
  • Professional memberships and subscriptions

In addition, AARP is committed to continually finding ways for employees to learn through rich experiences on the job.

Environmental Responsibility

As an organization dedicated to improving the lives of all of us as we age, AARP has made the commitment to building environmental responsibility and sustainability into our work culture. The AARP Sustainability Program, in partnership with staff and leadership, addressed our environmental impacts by:

  •  Using energy and natural resources as efficiently as possible.
    -Saving more than 3,100 trees at our national office alone through paper use reduction practices and the use of recycled content paper.
  • Reducing our waste streams by leveraging opportunities to reduce, reuse and recycle.
    -Diverting more than 42 percent of our waste to recycling.
  • Engaging our employees to minimize the environmental impacts of our purchasing, travel and events-management policies and practices.
    -With the help of enhanced meeting technologies, we reduced air travel by more than 25 percent.

As a result of our efforts, AARP's national headquarters was awarded "Green Certification" by the Sustainable Business Network of Washington.

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AARP offers a wide range of outstanding benefits that allow each employee to tailor a benefits package that meets his or her specific needs.

Health Benefits (available to an employee’s spouse or domestic partner and dependent children, too)

  • Comprehensive medical plans, including prescription drug coverage
  • Dental plan
  • Vision benefits
  • Health care flexible spending account

 Work-Life Benefits

  • Paid vacation and sick leave
  • Parental leave for new birth and adoptive parents (mothers and fathers)
  • Adoption benefit
  • LifeWorks® (work-life consultation and referral service)
  • Flexible work options
  • Emergency backup care
  • Dependent care flexible spending account
  • Employee crisis fund
  • Vacation donation program
  • Renewal program (corporate sabbatical for long-term employees)

Fitness and Wellness Benefits

  • Employee Active for Life
  • Health club and gym discounts
  • Onsite fitness center or AARP fitness credit

Education Benefits

  • In-house and external training
  • Mentoring program
  • Professional development counseling
  • Tuition assistance
  • Empire State College (distance learning college degree program)
  • Professional memberships and subscriptions

Planning for the Future

  • Defined benefit pension plan
  • 401(k) plan with employer match
  • Life insurance policies available (also available for an employee’s spouse and domestic partner and dependent children)
  • Access to a credit union
  • Long-term care insurance policies available
  • Phased retirement program

AARP Services, Inc. is a wholly owned taxable subsidiary of AARP. AARP Services manages provider relationships for, and performs quality control oversight of, the wide range of products and services that carry the AARP name and are made available by independent providers as benefits to AARP members.

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AARP Reviews

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    Pros

    Great pay, great benefits, meaningful work. Staff are very smart, savvy people; volunteers are awesome!

    Cons

    A lot of micromanaging by the National organization so that staff often cannot address the highest priority issues within the state. Frequent "restructuring" and turnover at the national level can be disorienting.

    Advice to Management

    Give the state offices some leeway to create customized programs within the state, especially if the office is consistently performing well on the national priorities. More investment is needed to develop the chapters into effective partner organizations.


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    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at AARP.

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    Recruiter would call, show interest, and then no contact for weeks. Rinse and repeat. Finally, I had a video interview where I had to answer questions within two minutes. After that I had a Skype interview with a manager that lasted about 45 minutes. I received an offer the next day. Had to negotiate the final salary (which was really below expectation). AARP pays below market.

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AARP Awards & Accolades

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Top 50 Companies for Diversity , DiversityInc, 2009

Additional Info

Website www.aarp.org
Headquarters Washington, DC
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1958
Type Nonprofit Organization
Industry Business Services
Revenue $1 to $2 billion (USD) per year

Turn 50 and the doors of the AARP will open for you, as they have for 40 million current members. On behalf of its members, the not-for-profit AARP acts as an advocate on public policy issues such as health care and financial security, publishes information (the monthly "AARP Bulletin" and the bimonthly "AARP The Magazine," and through Spanish language media), promotes community service, and works with business partners to offer products and services (including discounts on insurance and travel). The group is organized into some 2,400 local chapters ... More

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