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Aspen Institute Reviews

Updated Jun 22, 2014
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3.6 19 reviews

77% Approve of the CEO

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Walter Isaacson

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71% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Pretty good, but i left

    Program Coordinator (Current Employee) Washington, DC

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

    Conslittle room for moving up

    Advice to Senior Managementcreate possibility for employees to advance in their position

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Strategic minded

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Washington, DC

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Overall, a good place to work.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great environment & people, interesting work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Aspen, CO

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

    ConsNo 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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Flexibility and opportunity

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsA 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

    ConsThere is some variation across departments which can cause confusion.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    An opportunity of immense personal growth, a professional launchpad

    Intern (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsAspen 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.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue supporting the young employees with professional development

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Philanthropy Program Research Fellow (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great experience for a Non-profit

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat people, Lots of free lunch

    ConsCareer progression can be a problem

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A wonderful place to work while you are young

    Assistant (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsGreat group of people, young people as well as career professionals that have come back to work with a specific group.

    ConsDifficult to be promoted, and doesn't publish as much as other think tanks.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Program Coordinator

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsGreat/respected organization within the beltway, benefits are great for a non-profit, more for centrist individuals who have a passion for certain policy topics, but not necessarily an advocacy organization. Good for those just starting out (out of college), better for those who are one job from retirement (i.e. accomplished executive directors in their field). Not a good place for growth, but very well connected, so great for when moving on to a different job.

    ConsNot a good place for career growth. It is small, as all non-profits are. Most young people will stay 2-3 years at most before moving on. Some management is great, other departments have managers/directors that are not very communicative with their subordinates. Some senior staff are very demanding (mine just happened to keep me until past 8:00pm each night, interesting work, but no overtime, high to ridiculous expectations, and little feedback. I burned out quickly).

    Advice to Senior ManagementWe understand you are busy, but be a mentor to your admin staff, even the littlest positive feedback can brighten our entire day.

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