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AARP Reviews

Updated December 5, 2014
Updated December 5, 2014
150 Reviews
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150 Reviews
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AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance was good and lots of good work could have potentially been done (in 17 reviews)

  • work life balance, growth opportunity and great benefits (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Many in senior management level positions are woefully inexperienced (in 6 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Depends on department

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at AARP full-time (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
  2.  

    I did no like the pay scale.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Clerk in Fresno, CA
    Former Employee - Clerk in Fresno, CA

    I worked at AARP part-time (more than an 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
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Mismanagement destroying employee morale and raising internal control risks

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unsatisfactory

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6.  

    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

  7.  

    Intern

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8. 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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10.  

    consultant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11.  

    Great social missions organization to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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.

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