AARP Reviews

Updated March 25, 2015
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  1. Excellent leadership

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Intern in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    I had incredible bosses who were invested in my success and made me invest in theirs.

    Cons

    Interns not compensated fairly for the amount of dedication given.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay the interns more. They do incredible work and should be compensated better for their time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Campaign Strategy Intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Campaign Strategy in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Campaign Strategy in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Helpful management provides a friendly working environment and shows an interest in the success of all new interns. Allows interns to try new things and pursue various interests.

    Cons

    There is little direction provided a lot of the time, which makes success difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More of a focus on career development and long-term projects would help to provide a better experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. Mail processing clerk

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mail Processing Clerk in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Mail Processing Clerk in New York, NY

    I worked at AARP part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company have flexible hours and good benefits

    Cons

    There no real growth within the company, you just transfer to one apartment to the next

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Y will be training in the department you are transfer to

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful

    Don't follow their own mission

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AARP full-time

    Pros

    Some great people, pay well, some challenging jobs

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, staff get nervous every year for fear of arbitrary layoff...because it happens often, bad rating because they do not live up to the vision of their founder...to provide people with job security. Of course, change is necessary, but this is typical corporate type of change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Come back to the values of the founder before the organization gets too far off track.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Amazing work experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Health Education in Washington, DC
    Current Intern - Health Education in Washington, DC

    I have been working at AARP as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great internship opportunity. Good Networking possibilities,and great references. Great pay for interns

    Cons

    Nothing wrong with this company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great leadership and compensation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Communications inter

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Communications Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Communications Intern in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Great Pay for interns. Pretty nice Office. Nice people. the organization is huge so what you will be doing and who you will be working with is pretty random.

    Cons

    As an intern- not many cons. Some of the upper management didn't agree with each other on a bunch of topics making it hard to be successful in general.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful

    A Good Place for a Soft Landing for Experienced Professionals Winding Down Their Careers

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC

    I have been working at AARP full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of creature comforts for full time employees, great work/life balance, decent benefits and salaries comparable to private sector through most middle-management positions. Staff is very diverse in many ways including their professional backgrounds. You'll find a mix of DC policy types, academics, high strung business types, artsy types, creatives and work-a-day bureaucrats working in the same departments. New CEO has a good reputation internally.

    Cons

    Many in senior management level positions are woefully inexperienced. Long terms stick around and get promotions they don't deserve and the well-connected get brought by their buddies. There is a deep dependency on contractors and vendors who run roughshod over their AARP contacts, resulting in lots of waste, duplicated efforts, and time spent on projects with aimless goals. Organization is deeply unfocused, running away from its policy-based past and towards nebulous strategic efforts, that feel like flavors of the month (Life Reimagined, RealPad, CareGiving, AARP Studios).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Simplify the organization structure. Get rid of all the dead weight in those huge departments that deliver nothing but endless powerpoint decks.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Inspiring and Disappointing

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Remittance Processor in Lakewood, CA
    Current Contractor - Remittance Processor in Lakewood, CA

    I have been working at AARP as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Working for this company inspired me on so levels, improving myself by returning to school, helping others through volunteerism and the learning element of work environment.

    Cons

    Change their policies that were great when I first started my contract with them and after working for 5 years as a contractor was laid off, like my five years of service did count for anything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please take into account the loyalty of your employees, you change policies on the value of your employees and focus only the bottomline

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. A good place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Vice President in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to try new things.

    Cons

    Big and slow to implement change

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Analyst

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AARP

    Pros

    Centrally located in Washington DC region

    Cons

    Totally dysfunctional IT division. Business efforts poorly thought through

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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