American Geophysical Union Reviews

Updated March 30, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Great Place

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

    I worked at American Geophysical Union

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There was diversity, friendliness,transparency, flexibility and Care

    Cons

    Departments can feel divided due to structure (ie science on one floor vs marketing on another)

  2. Very Political, tons of Cronyism and a Dysfunctional Environment

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Finance in Washington, DC

    I worked at American Geophysical Union full-time (more than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Decent paid time off, there are some really nice people there in some departments, despite them being completely worn out.

    Cons

    I worked there a little over 5 years and I came to learn that this place was way too political to the point of being dysfunctional. Nepotism and cronyism are of out of control there. It's totally normal to see completely qualified and competent people being passed up for others who barely know how to tie their own shes, simply because they are in good with the boss. This was very wide-spread and accepted by the staff.

    And the work-life balance is WAY off. Departments don't hire enough people to keep up with the workload. It's expected that you work 60 hour work weeks (in some case it's more). This is most likely the case, due to the toxic environment where managers don't want to give the impression that they can't get the work done with their current numbers. They don't want to risk looking bad by asking for more manpower. And the worse thing is people just accept this with the attitude: 'it's just the way things are'.

    Advice to Management

    Try to foster a environment that makes people feel safe, including middle management, so they won't feel scared about asking for more manpower. Encourage a better work-life balance. Weed out those dysfunctional managers who do not need lead, but instead fill their ranks with 'yes' people and who are only concerned with staying employed.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Steer Clear

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

    I have been working at American Geophysical Union full-time (more than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    - Benefits- good time off, medical, dental, some people have a flexible work schedule (many aren't allowed that option)
    - You make some really good friends- being under a lot of pressure does help you bond
    - Field trips are fun and coffee shop is good
    - The Arts and Social Events Teams make things more fun than they'd be otherwise
    - It's important work and you feel great about the job you're doing and the members

    Cons

    - Your experience very much relies on your director and most of them are terrible. Out of touch with the organization and with employees. As someone else mentioned, zero idea of how to keep people motivated and engaged.
    - They work you to death. They downsize without any regard to who's going to do the remaining work and force it on the people left. Directors know that some people have to work 60+ hours every week to keep their job afloat and do nothing about it.
    - Morale is awful. They've been working with an outside facilitator for 2 years to try to improve it but the only thing that will improve morale is if the Executive Director (who is awful and causing most of the problems) leaves.
    - Executive Director is never there, out of touch with what employees and the members want, travels the globe on AGU's dime with nothing to show for it, and is very cold/impersonal.

    Advice to Management

    - Pay attention to your high turnover rate- it says a lot more than you're willing to accept. Everyone is leaving/quitting because it's such a horrible place to work. All of your good people are quitting!
    - Executive Director and COO need to be more in touch with what's going on- they don't have a clue because they create such an atmosphere of fear that their directors aren't comfortable with telling them the truth.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Not a healthy place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at American Geophysical Union full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Decent benefits
    Do important work
    Lunch room fosters good staff connections

    Cons

    Staff are expected to work a minimum of 50 hours a week and for some titles and/or departments, 50 hours a week is just the floor.
    Senior staff ax staff a little too easily. While they provided a generous severance package, they fired half the staff to outsource their publishing operations. Don't think they truly understand the human component of motivating a workforce. When it comes to a dedicated workforce, job security goes a lot further than ice cream socials and trips to the ballpark. There just doesn't seem to be a strong tie between how hard you work, what you deliver, and how safe your job is.
    Drab building.

  6. Scientific society that is trying to innovate and become more engaged with society.

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

    I have been working at American Geophysical Union full-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great mission and strategic plan. Newish management team that is still getting it's feet. Capable CEO. Good opportunities for people with initiative. Benefits, location and working conditions are good.

    Cons

    Can be a stuffy at times though people are nice enough. There seem to be structured efforts underway to loosen up and bring people together. But there are also way more projects underway than can be well-managed.

    Advice to Management

    New staff need more orientation to the work of AGU and all the complexities. Managers could do more walking around and talking with staff and not just in their own groups. It's a bit too hierarchical and quiet. Supervisors need to be better connected to each other's work. Not enough internal communication. And as mentioned above too many projects than can be done well.

  7. My overall experience was good.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Geophysical Union full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, pay was decent, everyone knew each other and it felt like a family.

    Cons

    No major complaints, it is a place to be for a little while to gain some experience then move on to something better.

  8. An okay place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Editorial in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Editorial in Washington, DC

    I worked at American Geophysical Union full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits including vacation and time off. Good health and retirement benefits. Generally laid back atmosphere and small company with a close knit group.

    Cons

    Under new management who has taken initative to downsize which really means outsourcing a lot of jobs including a number of them who have dedicated over 20 years.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees more than additional profit. Value your country and stop sending jobs elsewhere.

  9. Very Political

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Geophysical Union full-time (more than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Amount of time off is good and med benefits are decent. Most non-profits have decent benefits.

    Cons

    Very political environment - not much reward for good work. Morale doesn't seem to be good for overall company. It could be much better.

    Advice to Management

    Hire competent managers

  10. Great Place to Work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Geophysical Union

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Relaxed Atmosphere, Flexible Schedules

    Cons

    Politics, New management, Outsourcing many positions

  11. Cold, dry, unwelcoming

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Washington, DC
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Washington, DC

    I worked at American Geophysical Union as a contractor (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Steady work. Good coffee machine.

    Cons

    Little to no interaction. Cold, stuffy.

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