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AAAS Reviews

Updated August 11, 2017
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Rush D. Holt
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Pros
  • Great benefits if salaries are a bit low (in 8 reviews)

  • Very solid benefits and fantastic work-life balance (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Senior managers are very territorial and the level of infighting does not bode well for the organization (in 6 reviews)

  • Sadly, they have become less like a non-profit and more like an corporation that has no heart (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Overall a decent place to work depending on your department"

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

    I worked at AAAS full-time

    Pros

    Slowly but surely moving the right direction. Management was aware some growth and changes were needed, but did struggle to see how many of the challenges tied back to their leadership and communication to senior managers. Benefits were amazing. Some of the support staff were really great people that helped to create a positive environment.

    Cons

    I was on a team that developed some serious leadership problems, so that was the end of that.

    Advice to Management

    Take leadership seriously. Bad leaders hold the organization back while good leaders can help move it forward. There are always politics, but sometimes you have to rock the boat to keep it from sinking.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Frustrating at times, rewarding at others"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AAAS full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I feel like I do good work here. Benefits are great, but the pay is only so-so.

    Cons

    - Little opportunity for advancement. Whenever a senior manager leaves, they seem to just expand the duties of another senior manager, which doesn't make room for anybody else to ever move.
    - Management can't make decisions and won't listen to employees. Every decision is sent to a committee. Basic hiring decisions need to be run by the CEO.
    - Severely understaffed in some departments and overstaffed in others.

    Advice to Management

    - The HR department is absolutely untrustworthy. Abusive/bullying senior employees don't get reported because people are afraid to go to HR.
    - This is a non-profit. Everybody here knows what a 990 is and everybody knows how much senior managers make. It's insulting to see people making multiple 100's of 1000's of dollars and have dedicated employees in critical positions barely scraping by.

  3. "Working at AAAS Good and Not so Good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AAAS full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are great, and lots of flexibility.

    Cons

    No room for advancement, Top-heavy. Zero confidentiality in HR.

    Advice to Management

    Increase opportunities for junior-level staff to advance and tighten up your HR department.


  4. "Research Scholar"

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

    I worked at AAAS full-time

    Pros

    Interesting work; great network; flexible and friendly employer

    Cons

    The salaries are relatively low


  5. "On the way to great things."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AAAS full-time

    Pros

    -Lots of new initiatives hoping to retain talent.
    -Great retirement benefits.

    Cons

    -'Digital First' initiative promising but old guard still clings to old habits.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Beware- Organization in Chaos"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at AAAS full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Mission-driven aspects of AAAS well-intentioned, many passionate, dedicated staff, meaningful mission and work. A lot of tenure across the organization.

    Cons

    Think twice before accepting an offer with AAAS at this time. The things that have made the organization great are buried among cutthroat senior staff who are running AAAS into the ground. If you're not part of the "executive club" you have to watch your back. Preferential treatment clearly given to friends of HR and executive management. HR is unsafe and has a lot of turnover. Basically things across AAAS are in complete chaos.

    Advice to Management

    Reintroduce morals and values to the organization and remember AAAS is nonprofit. Stop throwing staff out with the trash and treat people with dignity. Get in touch with what is really going on.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Digital marketing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AAAS part-time

    Pros

    Nice working conditions
    nice people

    Cons

    no much growth
    too stable not very exciting

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Management problems"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at AAAS full-time

    Pros

    Very solid benefits and fantastic work-life balance. It's a building full of talented, smart people committed to an important mission. Great building. IT support is very helpful - not always the case at big organizations!

    Cons

    Large organization problems galore. A bureaucratic mess of conflicting goals and turf battles. Executive office and senior managers have no idea how to fix silos. Not an innovative culture. HR is hit-and-miss. Usually best to ignore leadership pronouncements. Not clear they know what impacts they want to have or how to achieve them.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out what it is you're trying to achieve and empower people who know what they're doing to get you there. Create goals w/ resources to match.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent Experience, Lackluster Workplace"

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

    I worked at AAAS part-time

    Pros

    Great name in the industry, huge involvement with science community, very welcoming employees, great access to Rush Holt CEO

    Cons

    Not a great company for young people, they don't do happy hours or internal events very often. Most people are comfortably mid-career and don't look to network very much externally or internally.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing experience & career-building opportunity"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AAAS full-time

    Pros

    Great federal policy experience, invaluable networking opportunities in and around DC.

    Cons

    If you need security clearance, you may have to wait a long time to get to work.

    Advice to Management

    They need to take the security clearance issue more seriously. They don't yet realize that they need to make fundamental changes to the timing of bringing on board new fellows, in order to adjust to the new realities of clearance processing.


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