American Geophysical Union

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American Geophysical Union Reviews

Updated November 24, 2014
Updated November 24, 2014
8 Reviews
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8 Reviews
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  1.  

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

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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 American Geophysical Union full-time (less than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Steer Clear

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    - 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a healthy place to work

    • 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 American Geophysical Union full-time (more than 3 years)

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    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.

  6.  

    An okay place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Very Political

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Hire competent managers

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

    Great Place to Work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Geophysical Union

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Relaxed Atmosphere, Flexible Schedules

    Cons

    Politics, New management, Outsourcing many positions

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Cold, dry, unwelcoming

    • 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 American Geophysical Union as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Steady work. Good coffee machine.

    Cons

    Little to no interaction. Cold, stuffy.

    Doesn't Recommend

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