AARP Reviews

Updated October 18, 2014
Updated October 18, 2014
139 Reviews
3.0
139 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance was good and lots of good work could have potentially been done (in 13 reviews)

  • work life balance, growth opportunity and great benefits (in 10 reviews)


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

  • The membership and volunteer base are not valued by this non-profit seniors membership organization (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 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 (less than an 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
  2.  

    Review

    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

  3. 3 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 (more than an 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
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    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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    time

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AARP

    Pros

    atmosphere, atmosphere, location, nice building

    Cons

    atmosphere, upper management, lack of promotion/career paths, favoritism

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    promote from within

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    "Time is NOT on your side...No, it's not."

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    Former Employee - Administrative Support Services in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Administrative Support Services in Washington, DC

    I worked at AARP full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    When you find a sector of the organization that's truly serious about utilizing your talents, recognizing your efforts and really investing in your growth as both an employee and an individual, it can truly be a fantastic place to work.

    Cons

    On the flip side of that, woe be unto you who have the misfortune of working for someone who shouldn't be managing a land fill, let alone an office full of people. It's a crapshoot - and your odds of "winning" are about as good as playing Powerball.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    At this stage of the game, there's not much advice I haven't already offered to senior management, and it no longer bears repeating, since it tends to fall on truly deaf ears. I fear that for THIS 'remake' of the Titanic, the iceberg is looming dead ahead, and well, you know how that turned out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    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 (more than an 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
  9.  

    Great social missions organization to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Advisor in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Advisor in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Consensus among employees the directions and missions to focus

    Cons

    Personal growth is limited sometimes depending on the company's directions.

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work, the employees are committed to the mission.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Washington, DC

    I worked at AARP full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good work-life balance philosophy in most, if not all departments. The company makes various types of training available and facilitates registration. In addition to being a pleasant work environment, the community service opportunities add to the value of AARP as a community entity. The cafeteria is also great to have.

    Cons

    The matrix management structure can be challenging to navigate when decisions are needed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep employees engaged by sharing important information across various department equally.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Want to be unemployed? Apply here, get the job and lose your job in one week!

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    Former Employee - Photo Editor in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Photo Editor in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    None. Unless you consider the Metro to be fun.

    Cons

    I left my job for an opportunity at AARP. On my first day I was very early and my boss was late. He introduced me to people in the office and began "training" me. I wrote notes on my phone. The training was poor and lacked information on workflo from one step to another. The trainer worked with me for short periods of time, each period with less helpfulness. I was not shown the lunch room or given time to eat, but instead excersizes to do and meetings to attend. One of which the group talked about "reducing redundancies." This has been corporate slang for layoffs at previous jobs, so not great to hear about. At 4:00 my boss was still unavailable for a meeting he said we'd have at 2:30. So I left to building to eat. Took my phone off Satelitte and answered a missed message from my husband. I returned to the office 25 minutes later. With my boss still in his office, I returned to my new desk and did what any new employee could with little training - set up important bookmarks, fixed issues with the office help group to get printers working and more. I left at 5:30. On my commute home I was contacted by my contracting group that I was not to return the next day because my boss told them that I was texting during training. Unbelievable. All it would have taken would be a quick question to me and I would have shown him all my notes. I referred to them and added more thoughts throughout the day such as bring a cup for water - there were no paper or plastic cups for visitors or new employees to use for drinking. Things such as that. But I was "fired" because he thought I was "texting." The lack of an ability to communicate seemed to sweep this office. Workflow, archives,and programs were all behind the times (it was like stepping back into publishing for 2004). Most of the people in my group were contractors too - no benefits and such. And most were women.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's 2014. People write with electronic devices. Just because you work at AARP doesn't mean you should retire your mind, fail to think and ask questions, or show a little respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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