Aspen Institute Reviews

Updated Jul 14, 2020

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Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson (no image)
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  • "Housing in Aspen is difficult, long hours(in 9 reviews)

  • "Entry level staff often have to manage up(in 4 reviews)

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  1. "OK Job"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC

    I worked at Aspen Institute full-time

    Pros

    You meet very wealthy and well connected individuals

    Cons

    Same old hierarchal structure where bureaucratic affairs get in the way of making real social progress.

  2. "Good Stepping Stone"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Communications Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Aspen Institute full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Looks good on resumes moving forward, good coworkers

    Cons

    Leadership is extremely poor, too many managers


  3. "Great reputation, decent job"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Program Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - work with brilliant, passionate people every day - work on issues that matter - good culture of support

    Cons

    - typical nonprofit woes: dependent on funders for action/direction - not every role on every program has room to progress, although this is program dependent

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  4. "Great team, inspiring work!"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Mission-driven work and a strong sense of community depending on the team

    Cons

    Sometimes difficult upward mobility depending on the team

  5. "Aspen Intern"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Intern 

    I worked at Aspen Institute full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Engaging work, fun, good exposure

    Cons

    Work was menial at times, intern director was not always forthcoming with projects

  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great Experience"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Intern 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Aspen Institute part-time

    Pros

    Collaborative work environment, friendly co-workers, beautiful office

    Cons

    A lot of people work remotely, don't always get face to face interaction, wish interns could interact and work together more

  7. "Great Place to Work"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Logistics in Aspen, CO
    Recommends

    I worked at Aspen Institute part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people, amazing campus and location and meaningful work

    Cons

    None that I can think of

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Experience depends on your leader"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Aspen Institute is a vibrant and important organization that has a unique capacity to bridge the needs of low-income people with the interests of corporate leaders. You can do really meaningful work here, develop strong program management skills, and benefit from the organization's stellar reputation.

    Cons

    The Aspen Institute operates like a confederation of social entrepreneurs flying under the same flag. Each program executive is free to run their programs with entrepreneurial freedom, and may be amazing, or (despite a positive outward image) awful to work for.

  9. Helpful (1)

    "Poor Pay, little HR Support"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Project Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The junior employees are idealistic, inspiring, and hardworking.

    Cons

    Compensation is very, very low, while you’re expected to work 60+ hour weeks with no overtime.

  10. "Great place to work"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great environment, colleagues are amazing, good benefits.

    Cons

    Not a lot of collaboration

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