Aspen Institute Reviews

Updated August 31, 2015
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  1. The Aspen Institute

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    great learning environment and access to numerous events/lectures/etc

    Cons

    Not a healthy balance between work and personal life


  2. Helpful (1)

    Good place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good place for a first job. You will work with a lot of smart people in an Intellectually stimulating environment and there are many interesting events to attend. Most people are also very nice and committed to their work.

    Cons

    Tends to be a siloed organization so it can be hard to get to know people from other programs. Entry-level salaries tend to be low.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Autonomy with work, unclear if there's room to grow.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Associate in Aspen, CO
    Current Employee - Program Associate in Aspen, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Aspen Institute full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting work. Trust within my team that everyone is doing what they are supposed to so gives us all lots of independence.

    Cons

    It's unclear how far you can advance out of your current position.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Nice place, but lacking fulfillment

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    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


  6. Great Company however hard to advance

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Aspen Institute full-time (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


  7. Helpful (5)

    Lack of Transparency and Commitment to Values Espoused

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Associate in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Aspen Institute full-time (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 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!


  8. Strategic minded

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Aspen Institute part-time (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.


  9. Pretty good, but i left

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Aspen Institute full-time (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 Management

    create possibility for employees to advance in their position


  10. Overall, a good place to work.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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.


  11. Flexibility and opportunity

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Aspen Institute full-time (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.



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