AARP Reviews

Updated September 7, 2014
Updated September 7, 2014
136 Reviews
3.0
136 Reviews
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AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins
Jo Ann Jenkins
9 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work-life balance philosophy in most, if not all departments (in 11 reviews)

  • Great people to work with that are all committed to making a difference for middle to low-income taxpayers (in 9 reviews)


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

  • Senior management can not be trusted either (in 5 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    DO NOT WORK HERE

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Long Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Long Beach, CA

    I worked at AARP for less than a year

    Pros

    Hours are early enough to miss traffic in the mornings and be home while it is still daylight out.

    Cons

    -They pay slave like wages
    -They scam billions of dollars with there non-profit BS and take from millions of seniors who are already in a tough spot
    -They only hire temps for most of the work in remission
    -If you have a question, good luck on any of the managers helping you
    -They have people who have been there for 3 months training new employees
    -Don't ask the question of why? because that will cause your termination
    -They don't give employee proper storage for there belongings yet they don't want employees to bring their belongings into work...this is a disadvantage to those who either ride their bikes into work or take public transportation and for those who drive vehicles, their belongings, like their purses, are subjugated to those people who are coming and going from the parking lot
    The employee turn around rate is close to 10+ employees being let go a week and 10+ new employee starting (tax credits much?)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When someone is asking you why they need to reject something in AARPS computer programs, instead of giving that person attitude and tell them because as the only answer and acting like they are bothering you, maybe you should give them the correct answer so that they can understand how the system works and not make mistakes in the future.

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

    Look elsewhere for IT positions.

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    Former Employee - Analyst  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC

    I worked at AARP full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Competitive pay and great benefits. HQ office is in great location for commute on Metro.

    Cons

    All non-VP/Director IT jobs will be going to India or other outsourced companies. STAY AWAY.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop wasting money on ancient technology, start encouraging and leading employees, going to "the cloud" will not help you, don't hire people who can't pass a basic computer skills test, offer true career growth, STOP WITH THE ENDLESS POINTLESS AND RIDICULOUS MEETINGS!!!!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Good non-profit company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AARP full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Flexible hours, business casual attire and 48 hours paid volunteer work per year.

    Cons

    Management is unprofessional, rude, condones favoritism and unfair in their expectations of their employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat others the way you would like to be treated.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Horrible IT Management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AARP

    Pros

    Flexible hours, DC location is very convenient to Metro

    Cons

    Horrible 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 ManagementAdvice

    No advice to management except to just consider leaving for the sake of AARP and the members.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Disappointing Experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Beware 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 ManagementAdvice

    Not worth the time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    It was a great experience.

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Family environment the people are great.

    Cons

    The difference levels of management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    "Great mission serving the 50+ population".

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    Current Employee - IT Director  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - IT Director in Washington, DC

    I have been working at AARP full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    "The mission of the organization is awesome and I agree with the premise that you need to re-direct all none core operational dollars to support the mission for the 50+ population."

    Cons

    "A considerable amount of organizational change on a frequent basis and not a lot of job stability in non-core operational areas within the last 2 years."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    "Organization change needs to be better planned in terms of future restructuring efforts in order to minimize the impact to day-to-day operations of the association."

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Project Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous 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 ManagementAdvice

    Be open to listening to fresh ideas that may not come from the executive team.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    IT Strategy Evolving

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at AARP full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    AARP employs many smart and talented people and maintains a generally positive work environment. There is a good tradition of cross functional teamwork, employee recognition programs and fringe benefits.

    Cons

    The IT environment is constantly changing and lacks clear, obtainable objectives. Large amounts of effort are often expended on avenues that do not yield benefits to the organization or its members. Frequent reorganizations and downsizing occur as a result.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Manage change more effectively.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    corporate reporting intern

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    Current Employee - Accounting Intern  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Accounting Intern in Washington, DC

    I have been working at AARP as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    the cafeteria is good and poeple there are nice and easy to get along with

    Cons

    not that motivative and the manage is not efficient as private companies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hold more activities to let people get together

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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