AARP Reviews

Updated September 3, 2015
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AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins
Jo Ann Jenkins
33 Ratings

Pros
  • Work life balance is a real thing here (in 17 reviews)

  • Competitive pay and great benefits (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • There is never any bad news from senior management (in 6 reviews)

  • Group decision-making stalls/delays objectives - or random high-level decisions don't make sense but must be implemented anyway (in 5 reviews)

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  1. AArp was a godsend to find. Up to this point every interview I went on I felt too old for the job.

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    Current Employee - Office Assistant in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Office Assistant in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They do not discrimnate against senior citizens. they give a great deal of encouragement and advice on how to get back in the job market

    Cons

    You're only allowed to work 20 hours a week at minimum wage.

    Advice to Management

    don't make boot camp a week long.


  2. Helpful (1)

    IVS - BSA Division

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Non-routine work that can be interesting and challenging. Lots of data driven projects. Always multi-tasking.

    Cons

    More challenging than you may think.


  3. Great mission with really smart people.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The mission and the people.

    Cons

    Hard at times to move through the process.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on interdepartmental cooperation.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Great company

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company has really great benefits.

    Cons

    Starting to feel more like a for profit company


  6. Helpful (1)

    Great training experience although it is not considered a job.

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Favorable learning experience only wish it would last longer than 4 years.

    Cons

    It would be great if they could give us more work hours.

    Advice to Management

    Find ways to extend the program longer than 4 years, plus extend the working hours for those that can work longer days.


  7. Helpful (3)

    An awesome organization to work for

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    Current Employee - Associate State Director
    Current Employee - Associate State Director
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AARP full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Advocacy for the 50+, working to strengthen Medicare Social Security and the Affordable Care Act. You make a difference each and every day by focusing on advocacy, education and outreach, the foundation programs and more

    Cons

    A huge organization with its own bureaucracy that can be top heavy and at times autocratic. There has been downsizing in some departments and with each change in CEO the organizational culture changes and of late that means more business centric than people centric

    Advice to Management

    Trust the staff to do their best work


  8. Helpful (3)

    Excellent place to work if you believe in the AARP mission

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    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are smart, dedicated and progressive. Salaries are excellent for non-profit work. Working conditions are reasonable. Opportunities for advancement are better than at many other organizations. The organization has clout and uses it most of the time to improve life for older Americans.

    Cons

    Management and bureaucratic structure are--I believe--far too disorganized. A lot of time, money and talent is wasted because of regular re-organizations. Power struggles at the top of the organization take the edge off of what AARP might accomplish.

    Advice to Management

    Keep AARP's mission in mind at all times. Keep personal ambitions from creating power struggles that blunt the impact the organization could have.


  9. Excellent place to be employed

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    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AARP full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work; employee's and management are very nice. Quick to recognize and commend employees and their work.

    Cons

    I don't have any to list.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work...organization is awesome!


  10. It was a great experience.

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    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Family environment the people are great.

    Cons

    The difference levels of management.

    Advice to Management

    Look a little deeper within the organization spending when looking to save money and less out-sourcing.


  11. Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AARP full-time

    Pros

    opportunities for growth, young staff, annual bonuses, great benefits, interesting work

    Cons

    Not glam, but interesting and challenging work that matters.



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