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Updated February 19, 2018
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Pros
  • Good pay, amazing work life balance, great benefits (in 54 reviews)

  • A very professional environment with great benefits (in 37 reviews)

Cons
  • Organizational mission is fragmented because decision making is made in silos (in 13 reviews)

  • There is little to no upward mobility (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "work"

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

    I have been working at AARP part-time

    Pros

    good working environment people's oriented

    Cons

    no benefits must do work serach have meetings

    Advice to Management

    none


  2. "Good benefits...massive bureaucracy."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at AARP full-time

    Pros

    Excellent benefits. Some very good colleagues.

    Cons

    Massive bureaucracy...at times it feels like working for a government agency. Rigid silos built by senior management.

  3. "AARP"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AARP part-time

    Pros

    Great environment
    great work

    Cons

    Nothing. Enjoyed my experience with AARP.


  4. "Director"

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    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AARP full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Mission focuses organization that strives to help all employees feel engaged and a part of its success.

    Cons

    Has struggled for years to break down silos and create a more cooperative and cohesive effort among various divisions and business units in order to be more relevant and impactful. Progress in this area should not take as long as it has but its improving.

    Advice to Management

    Make the executive and leadership team meetings available via existing video technologies available to anyone who cares to listen in. The level of transparency would be rise exponentially vs the closed door system that exists.


  5. "Some places for entrepreneurs"

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    Former Employee - Director of Technology in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Director of Technology in Washington, DC
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    Positive Outlook

    I worked at AARP full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    They have a lot of money, and sometimes groups will spend in surprising ways - good for entrepreneurs.

    Cons

    DUring leadership changes, they will kill old leadership projects, which doesn't bode well for long-term entrepreneurial spirits.

    Advice to Management

    Stick with projects. Trust entrepreneurs.


  6. "Good place to work"

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

    Pros

    Good pay, amazing work life balance, great benefits

    Cons

    zero upward mobility is really all i cam think of


  7. "Highs and lows, rarely stable."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, decent physical work environment— until we all head into “open plan” and glass cages next year. Except for the execs who made that cost cutting decision of course!Sometimes highly engaging and useful work.

    Cons

    Giant bureaucracy still extremely siloed. High tolerance for truly reprehensible behavior by top execs— poor managers remain in place far too long— HR is complicit in protecting such behavior.

  8. "Great culture and strong mission"

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    Former Employee - Relationship Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Relationship Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AARP (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful colleagues and great work - life balance.

    Cons

    Little room for growth in some areas.

    Advice to Management

    Stay focused on the mission and find ways to reward good employees.


  9. "Manager"

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

    I worked at AARP full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good people and good benefits & pay for a non-profit arena.

    Cons

    Large, complex organization which addresses a wide variety of issues. Challenging to learn the bureaucracy.


  10. "An Extraordinary Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Associate Director in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Providence, RI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are generous by not for profit standards, with the benefits possibly unsurpassed. Generally speaking all necessary resources are provided. If you have a strong idea, you will be supported with additional means to get a job done or bring and idea to fruition. The mission is one of the most important concerns of the nation's future: Healthcare, the cost of prescription drugs, caregiving, fraud prevention, financial exploitation -- not to mention Medicare and Social Security.

    Cons

    There is a shared feeling that the organization is too inward looking. A lot of time is spent reporting, assessing, targeting, projecting , sharing, conferencing. evaluating and re-evaluating.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing those things that change people's lives and grow trust in the organization's values and its work.


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