AARP
3.3 of 5 109 reviews
www.aarp.org Washington, DC 1000 to 5000 Employees

AARP Reviews

Updated Apr 15, 2014
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3.3 109 reviews

                             

61% Approve of the CEO

AARP CEO A. Barry Rand

A. Barry Rand

(61 ratings)

59% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Great benefits, including pay, and generally good work/life balance, as well as nice people"
    in 10 reviews
  • "Good compensation for a non profit, great people (for the most part)"
    in 8 reviews
Cons:
  • "Senior management can not be trusted either"
    in 5 reviews
  • "Group decision-making stalls/delays objectives - or random high-level decisions don't make sense but must be implemented anyway"
    in 4 reviews
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Great Internship Program

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at AARP as an intern

ProsThe interns are very involved in the process and are included in meetings. Overall, great learning environment.

ConsI wish we were more encouraged to do an individual project of some sort or writing to submit as writing samples.

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Disappointing Experience

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

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

ConsBeware 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 Senior ManagementNot worth the time.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Horrible IT Management

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at AARP

ProsFlexible hours, DC location is very convenient to Metro

ConsHorrible IT management culture. I would classify the current leadership as amateurs. Lack of vision or insight as to how to run an organization. The entire IT department is run based upon reputation and not ability.

Advice to Senior ManagementNo advice to management except to just consider leaving for the sake of AARP and the members.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Back to work

Retire (Current Employee)

I have been working at AARP

ProsExcellent source for information in regards of going back to work.

ConsWillp like to see more reviews of retires going back to work.

– I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great place to work

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at AARP full-time

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

ConsNot glam, but interesting and challenging work that matters.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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good work life balance

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at AARP

ProsThey have good retirement plan, benefits are decent. Good work life balance.
Great mission and people working there really care about their mission.

ConsThe IT environment is constantly changing and lacks clear, obtainable objectives.

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Great mission and culture

Research Intern (Former Employee)

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

ProsGood pay. Collegial people. Very low stress. The work was interesting and important. The people I worked with seemed to have a wonderful sense of purpose in their work.

ConsWe had some technological issues throughout the summer. The main office is very involved in the operations of the state offices, so they thought they needed to have monitoring software on every computer.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep hiring people who believe in the mission. It's worked so far.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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It was a great experience.

Manager (Former Employee)
Washington, DC

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

ProsFamily environment the people are great.

ConsThe difference levels of management.

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Project Manager

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at AARP full-time

Pros-Great pay for a nonprofit
-Onsite cafeteria
-Opportunities to move around internally
-Benefits, including tuition reimbursement
-The people really are extremely nice

Cons-At times, it seems like every project is a moving target
-Top heavy
-Management really needs to focus on cultivating young talent

Advice to Senior ManagementBe open to listening to fresh ideas that may not come from the executive team.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Prefer younger white employees

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Washington, DC

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

ProsBenefits are decent. Location is very convenient.

ConsThey have yearly reorganizations. They claim each one is the last but have been doing them for over 15 years. In the "Reorgs" longer term employees are told that their jobs no longer exist, but young employees are given jobs that mirror the job that the older worker was told no longer exists. African American employees over the past few years seem to be disappearing the fastest.

Advice to Senior ManagementWhat advice can you give to an organization where executives have no problem saying outright in meetings that they want to hire younger employees, when they are supposedly an organization that advocates for the rights of the elderly?

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