Aspen Institute Reviews

Updated April 15, 2015
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  1. Sumer Intern

    Former Intern - Summer Intern in Aspen, CO
    Former Intern - Summer Intern in Aspen, CO

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    This was an incredible internship! It's a great work environment and the events you work are with some of the most well-respected names out there. They hire multiple interns so the community aspect is fun and enjoyable and the networking opportunities are endless. It was my favorite internship in college.

    Cons

    You work a lot of long hours especially during the Aspen Ideas Festival but it's not bad because the events are incredible and you're paid well for overtime!

  2. Nice place, but lacking fulfillment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Aspen Institute part-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I think the company has great intentions, missions, and projects going on, and largely sticks to its nonpartisan aims. There are many events going on all the time, so it is a great place for a young professional to network. There are also a diverse range of departments, so if you are interested in moving into another policy area or focus you can network within the company to try to make that happen. You also get to meet people from many different backgrounds.

    Cons

    Lack of cohesiveness across departments.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage project creation between departments for collaboration

  3. The best and most valuable internship you could hope to have.

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    Former Intern - Development Intern in Aspen, CO
    Former Intern - Development Intern in Aspen, CO

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

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

    Pros

    I worked as an intern with the development team at the Aspen office. I was valued as a colleague by my superiors, asked to do challenging work, and expected to be comfortable interacting with the incredible donor base. I gained valuable business development experience, while also benefitting from the intellectually exhilarating environment. The office culture is positive and energetic, and compensation is more than fair for a college internship. I highly recommend working here.

    Cons

    I honestly cannot think of any cons. I guess the hours did get a bit demanding at times, but that was a pro for me because I loved my job so much.

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  5. 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 (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Benefits package for full time employees

    Cons

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

  6. Helpful (3)

    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 (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    -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!

  7. 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 (less than a year)

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

    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.

  8. 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 (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    little room for moving up

    Advice to Management

    create possibility for employees to advance in their position

  9. 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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Great environment & people, interesting work

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Aspen, CO
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Aspen, CO

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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

  11. Flexibility and opportunity

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    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.

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