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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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    Good fit for the right person, right program-double edged sword!

    Program Coordinator (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    I worked at Aspen Institute


    Pros: relaxed atmosphere; each program acts as its own entity in that they raise their own funds therefore they act with complete autonomy of standards and… Cons: as in the title, this is a double edged sword- since each program acts as its own entity, this also leaves much rm for error;… Advice to Senior Management: no advice i can give will be enough to change the amount of character-rot i see within the institute. and to be honest, i don't… More
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    Collection of Autonomous Groups; It all Depends on Your Group

    Program Coordinator (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    I have been working at Aspen Institute


    Pros: - Potential to build a great network at Aspen events/colloquia/seminars - Great learning opportunities as you go (there's no one holding your hand, which is fantastic… Cons: - Upper management doesn't seem to care at all about young professionals - Lack of professional development and training opportunities - Medical insurance is lousy, to say… Advice to Senior Management: Show some appreciation of your young staff members and integrate… More
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