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Aspen Aerogels Reviews

Updated Jan 25, 2019

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3.7
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Aspen Aerogels President, CEO, and Director Donald R. Young (no image)
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5 Ratings
  1. "Innovative - Moves Quickly - Fast pace"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Aspen Aerogels full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Growth, Innovation, Good culture, flexible

    Cons

    There are periods of intensity in growth environment.

    Aspen Aerogels2018-03-24
  2. Helpful (3)

    "Too much political posturing and no long term plan"

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    Former Employee - Digital Marketing Specialist in Northborough, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Aspen Aerogels full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The technology behind the company is extremely cool and the research department has done great things.

    Cons

    There is no long term sales and marketing plan in place. Everything is deemed urgent, therefore nothing gets done, and priorities change with the wind. Extreme micro-managing by many of those in charge. Messages to upper management end up watered down and falsely positive, and unfortunately, people with the wrong experience—or worse, no experience in certain areas—are in charge. Two phrases I hate the most are utterly regularly "that's how we've always done it" and "it's not my job" are prevalent at Aspen. Not to mention, every department is so compartmentalized that no one has a clear understanding of what the company as as whole is doing. There is too much in-fighting and back-stabbing within the company, too.

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    Advice to Management

    Remove the silos and the managers in charge that are too power hungry to allow for positive change. Stop hiding all the negativity and eliminate the finger pointing between departments.

    Aspen Aerogels2019-01-25
  3. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Aspen Aerogels part-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with, small company with flexibility. Very innovative company, and overall enjoyable.

    Cons

    Because it is so small, there can be very busy times. The aerogel is also very dusty if you have to work with it, but it's bearable.

    Advice to Management

    I hope things keep growing well, and so far I think a good job is being done. Communication between departments could always be better.

    Aspen Aerogels2018-03-05
  4. "Recruiter"

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    Contract Recruiter in Providence, RI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Aspen Aerogels for less than a year

    Pros

    Awesome Team and Boss. Great enviroment

    Cons

    Nothing the people are awesome

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work

    Aspen Aerogels2017-03-27
  5. Helpful (2)

    "Vicious workplace"

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Aspen Aerogels for less than a year

    Pros

    The work is kinda fun.

    Cons

    The people, however are not. Perpetual CYA, heavy internal social competition. Lower-level employees have a very high turnover rate, with some lasting only a few weeks. Opportunities for advancement are minimal; Aspen always hires from outside rather than promote from within.

    Aspen Aerogels2016-09-20
  6. "Okay place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northborough, MA
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Aspen Aerogels full-time

    Pros

    Friendly, chill atmosphere, flexible hours,

    Cons

    Lower-level employee turnover is very high. Not much room for internal advancement.

    Aspen Aerogels2015-12-02
  7. Helpful (2)

    "Supportive, flexible, employee-friendly company"

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    Current Employee - Office Professional in Quincy, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Aspen Aerogels full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great colleagues, excellent benefits package (company has absorbed rising healthy care costs for as long as it's been in business), work/life flexibility, friendly, capable leadership teams

    Cons

    Small company but positioning itself for growth by adding another manufacturing facility in the U.S. Not a lot of succession planning currently apparent for mid- to senior level positions. Could be a result of smaller employee count and need for these positions immediately vs. developing internal resources.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within at higher levels by recognizing and/or preparing internal talent for growth so that high potential employees are more likely to be retained.

    Aspen Aerogels2015-11-07
  8. "A "garage band" who has potential, but thinks & acts like they are one of the greats..."

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in East Providence, RI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Aspen Aerogels full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good product, good niche, on the right track....

    Cons

    Upper company management do not get along and in-fight amongst themselves in front of other managers. Think they know it all and do not allow creative thinking, dis-jointed, say they want top talent, but have do not allow for talented managers to take the company to the next level

    Advice to Management

    Let your talent grow and take the company to the next level

    Aspen Aerogels2013-08-12
  9. "The company is still trying to find an identity in the marketplace"

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    I worked at Aspen Aerogels

    Pros

    - Very entrepreneurial firm that is aggressively seeking new markets and new applications - Small company that maintains a close link between different disciplines within the organization - Very reasonable work/life balance

    Cons

    - Opportunities for growth are limited. - It's difficult to transition to different functions internally due to the small size of the company - Training and professional development is very limited

    Advice to Management

    The company's leadership team is very focused on near term sales generation. As a young company that is understandable, but sometime can be at the detriment of other customers and markets.

    Aspen Aerogels2012-01-26
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