Aspen Institute

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Aspen Institute Reviews

Updated August 21, 2014
Updated August 21, 2014
21 Reviews
3.6
21 Reviews
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Walter Isaacson
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  1.  

    Great Company however hard to advance

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Aspen Institute full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great Benefits package for full time employees

    Cons

    Salary isnt the best for the industry but that is partly related to non-profits

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Lack of Transparency and Commitment to Values Espoused

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    Former Employee - Program Associate  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Associate in Washington, DC

    I worked at Aspen Institute full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great opportunities to see amazing people speak, great colleagues (well, if you're a young person I wouldn't really know about management), and free food! Some great program directors (if you're lucky enough to work for them).

    Cons

    A lot of your experience depends on the program you work for. Each of the Aspen programs talks about a lot of important issues: healthcare, women in the workplace, yet the institute as a whole struggles to adopt any of these values which makes everything the Institute organizes feel hollow. Very limited maternity leave, mediocre healthcare plan, very little room to grow, especially if you come into an entry level position.

    In general, I feel like the Institute cultivates a very dangerous atmosphere for young people, one that involves a lot of uncertainty and little room for growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -pay attention to your younger staff, Walter Isaacson is insistent on the entrepreneurial nature of the org but you have to cultivate a much safer atmosphere for entrepreneurship and innovation. Not to mention that encouraging an "entrepreneurial" attitude generally privileges entitled white men. Just saying...
    -practice what the policy programs are teaching other people to do!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Strategic minded

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Aspen Institute part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great facilitator of dialogue and builder of strategic partnerships. Various policy programs tackle an array of issues. Opportunity to engage directly with high-level stakeholders

    Cons

    Lack of transparency-a few colleagues were dismissed suddenly within short timeframe. Programs are siloed and rarely interact with each other or work together.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5.  

    Pretty good, but i left

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    Current Employee - Program Coordinator  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Aspen Institute full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    great educational events, you get to meet very interesting and influential people

    Cons

    little room for moving up

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    create possibility for employees to advance in their position

    Recommends
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    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Overall, a good place to work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Aspen Institute

    Pros

    Fair compensation and benefits; entrepreneurial environment; interesting colleagues; never a dull moment, great brand, reach, and reputation.

    Cons

    The cons really vary by individual program. Each program operates pretty independently, so depends on the program director.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Flexibility and opportunity

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Aspen Institute full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    A wide range of issues are covered and there are many interesting people and events. It's a very open environment--not top down--and there is opportunity to be creative

    Cons

    There is some variation across departments which can cause confusion.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great environment & people, interesting work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Aspen, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aspen, CO

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

    Pros

    Amazing people to work with and speakers that come through; events are always intellectually stimulating

    Cons

    No clear career path or opportunities to stay there long-term; minimal training; relatively mindless work, but interesting speakers and events to attend, which makes it all worth it

    Recommends
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    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    An opportunity of immense personal growth, a professional launchpad

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at Aspen Institute as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Aspen attracts young and brilliant people - the culture is the best part. Aspen works on a wide diversity of issues. Aspen unique in its decentralized structure, encouraging entrepreneurship, while streamlining the bureaucracy. Opportunity to travel.

    Cons

    Sometimes overworked, or working long hours. Nonprofit sector means less pay than a similar position in the private sector.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue supporting the young employees with professional development

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Incredibly bureaucratic and slow. Textbook example of too much overhead spending and very few outputs.

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    Former Employee - Philanthropy Program Research Fellow  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Philanthropy Program Research Fellow in Washington, DC

    I worked at Aspen Institute full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Nice perks, like like the Christmas party at a giant estate in Maryland were you get to spend the night
    -Despite signing up as a research fellow I just sat at my desk and constantly ran out of busywork, so ended up getting lots of schoolwork and personal stuff done

    Cons

    If you have any shred of excitement for research and actually contributing to relevant projects avoid at all costs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great experience for a Non-profit

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Aspen Institute as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people, Lots of free lunch

    Cons

    Career progression can be a problem

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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