Aspen Institute

  www.aspeninstitute.org
  www.aspeninstitute.org

Aspen Institute Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
23 Reviews
3.7
23 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
(no image)
Walter Isaacson
17 Ratings

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Development Intern in Aspen, CO
    Former Employee - Development Intern in Aspen, CO

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

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Nice place, but lacking fulfillment

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

    I worked at Aspen Institute part-time (less than an 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 ManagementAdvice

    Encourage project creation between departments for collaboration

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Company however hard to advance

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

    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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lack of Transparency and Commitment to Values Espoused

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Associate in Washington, DC

    I worked at Aspen Institute full-time (more than an 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
  6.  

    Strategic minded

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an 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
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Pretty good, but i left

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an 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
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Overall, a good place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great environment & people, interesting work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aspen, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aspen, CO

    I have been working at Aspen Institute as an intern (less than an 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
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Flexibility and opportunity

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

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    An opportunity of immense personal growth, a professional launchpad

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at Aspen Institute as an intern (less than an 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

Aspen Institute Photos

Work at Aspen Institute? Share Your Experiences

Aspen Institute

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.