AARP Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
137 Reviews

3.1
137 Reviews
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AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work-life balance philosophy in most, if not all departments (in 11 reviews)

  • Great people to work with that are all committed to making a difference for middle to low-income taxpayers (in 9 reviews)


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

  • Senior management can not be trusted either (in 5 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    constantly updating Seniors on varies changes in their community.

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    Former Employee - Clerical  in  New Orleans, LA
    Former Employee - Clerical in New Orleans, LA

    I worked at AARP as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    The only company that allow seniors a chance at working with a host agency.

    Cons

    Looking for work is the down size to the job. especially if you are a senior 60+.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you have not been with the company for several years and need assistance you should be considered for employment. The waiting list may take several years and beyond to be called in for work.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great organization; management changes have affected culture

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    Former Employee - Consultant  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC

    I worked at AARP full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great place to work; great perks. Plenty room for growth. Talented and committed employees. Great cross-collaboration opportunities.

    Cons

    Inconsistency in management; connected, sub-par managers are protected; constant organizational change, not always for the better; renewal - after 7 years of continuous employment, full-time staff are granted one month of paid leave to recharge/reenergize.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reinvest in your staff, provide clear paths for advancement; develop and strong work/life balance options that are available to all, not just at manager's discretion.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Depends on department

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

    I worked at AARP full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great benefits and location. Many dedicated and intelligent people. A good number truly believe in the mission of the organization and have dedicated their careers to improving the lives of those over age 50. The pay is fair, if not generous, for the area with opportunities for change and occasionally advancement. Policies for work and life balance are progressive as well as an offered sabbatical after several years of employment

    Cons

    in some areas it is a good-ole-boys area where friends hire friends in order to have the company pay them to play golf together. Unfortunately, those who are in favor are given far too much latitude in behavior and how they treat others. If one is favored and behaves badly, too bad for the recipient of that behavior. The response is usually, "well, she is smart". Far too much time is spent on contemplating how to do work than actually doing work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AARP

    Pros

    It is a good place to work.

    Cons

    It is an organization - like all organization with pros and cons - the positives are more significant

  6.  

    I did no like the pay scale.

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    Former Employee - Clerk  in  Fresno, CA
    Former Employee - Clerk in Fresno, CA

    I worked at AARP part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work there only if you have no other employment.

    Cons

    Working for low income with no future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to improve pay scale.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    IT Advisor

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

    I worked at AARP full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Location of the office in washington dc is the only PRO that can be identified

    Cons

    Totally dysfunctional IT division. Poor Leadership. NO real IT knowledge anywhere to be found. Horrible environment underhand deceitful practices. Lacks basic IT comprehension in many areas - wasting money.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Mismanagement destroying employee morale and raising internal control risks

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    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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unsatisfactory

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Irving, TX
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Irving, TX

    I have been working at AARP part-time for 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
  10.  

    Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AARP

    Pros

    wonderful internship experience; amazing pay; great staff

    Cons

    very few, especially as this was an internship

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    consultant

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

    I worked at AARP as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Excellent staff, cared about product and consumers they represent

    Cons

    Processes were cumbersome, but good for the end deliverables.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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