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  • "Great people to work with.(in 14 reviews)
  • "Great colleagues.(in 9 reviews)
  • "Great culture and experiences!(in 5 reviews)
  • "Amazing coworkers, inspiring mission, valuable experience that will enhance your resume tremendously and prepare you for future career opportunities(in 4 reviews)
  • "Good work environment and nice atmosphere(in 4 reviews)
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  1. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Mission-Driven Collaborative Office

    Mar 12, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Brand new collaborative, open office space; young staff

    Cons

    upward mobility is tough; silos can exist between programs, but it's being improved

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    1 person found this review helpful
  2. 3.0
    Current Employee

    Mixed Bag

    Aug 26, 2021 - Associate Director in Washington, DC
    Recommend
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    Pros

    - The Institute pays well compared to other non-profits - Employment offers unique opportunity to engage with high-level influencers across a variety of policy areas - For some, employment involves annual travel to Aspen, CO

    Cons

    - There is little upward mobility for junior level staff. - There is a growing disconnect between Institutional executive leadership and its staff on issues relating to funding, equity, and more - The work is extremely demanding and has a high turnover rate as staff burn themselves out on projects

    1 person found this review helpful
  3. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Great team, inspiring work!

    Mar 9, 2020 - Program Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Recommend
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    Pros

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

    Cons

    Sometimes difficult upward mobility depending on the team

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  4. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 8 years

    Values-Based Organization — In Practice?

    Sep 3, 2018 - Anonymous Employee in Aspen, CO
    Recommend
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    Pros

    values based institution has attracted renowned leaders across policy and private sector for generations, providing an environment for unique exposure to culture setters and global influencers that would fuel anyone’s curiosity about what makes the world tick. The organization takes care of its staff with healthy fringe benefits that last even amidst economic uncertainty. Big ideas are celebrated and work/life balance is more than often highly valued.

    Cons

    Upward mobility beyond mid-level management is near impossible. There is a decades-old trend of highly intellectual figure heads without significant quality management skills maintaining senior posts, leaving little for those with a desire to grow or do the actual work with equal recognition. The programs’ are siloed, leaving vast inefficiencies, redundancies and delicate competition for funding. High-stakes decisions can appear to provide tension with stated values, seeming to favor funders versus long-term operational sustainability.

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    5 people found this review helpful
  5. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Great people, hard to grow.

    Feb 25, 2022 - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Working with mission driven people, feeling belief in the work that we do.

    Cons

    The organization can be very political, and the ladder for upward mobility is almost nonexistent. It can be very defeating to know that opportunities for career growth are very rare and hard to come by.

    3 people found this review helpful
  6. 3.0
    Former Employee

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

    May 8, 2012 - Program Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Recommend
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    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 practices for that program's employees/ team members; seminars and workshops are plentiful, along with the many opportunities to meet distinguished members of society, government officials, and global figureheads; the ability to mingle with a diverse group of people from all backgrounds and interests is invaluable; definitely looks good on the resume (if you are willing to put up with ulcers, gray hair, and anxiety issues in the end of it- more on that, in "cons" below)

    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; from inconsistent standards policies and procedures, to a lack of managerial integrity, the problems stem from a blind upper management whose sight is too fixed on lofty goals, with no 'peripheral' sight on core issues/ strengths/ weaknesses. working with aspen is a mixed bag: some programs are superb, some barely fit the bill; and while work life balance can be excellent with such a relaxed culture, don't let the empty promise of relaxation fool you: think carrot and stick principle, where the carrot is constantly dangling, and the stick is just a hologram of a metal baseball bat. you may get small perks like cost of living pay increase, but if you are unlucky enough to be a part of one of the less desirable programs your chances for advancement are little to none, and you will constantly be threatened. i left feeling that i wasted two yrs of my life in a glass room looking at all the wonderful things passing me by. multiple degrees, awesome personality, and a laundry list of skills were no match for the egos and agendas of the major players of the program i was in- my exit interview was combative, and management acted juvenile at best; the level of hostility i received upon leaving was shocking. Unfortunately for those not as proactive as I in willingness to quit and move on, i have heard multiple cases of severance pay with binding legal contracts (to prevent former employees from taking legal action beyond employment or otherwise). and to add insult to injury, inter-program mobility within the institute is little to none. My advice to any would be employee is to use whatever network you have to get an insider look at the institute, but more importantly take a microscope to the program you wish to work in. take some time to think about mobility and advancement within that program: if you ask your hiring manager about previous employees and the turnover is high, yet none have been promoted, unless you are passionate about that policy field (international development or environmental) then think twice.

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    14 people found this review helpful
  7. 3.0
    Current Employee

    Limited mobility

    Oct 2, 2016 -  
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Trips to Aspen, hard working employees, great benefits (outside of salaries)

    Cons

    Little to no career mobility, archaic systems, promotions of people who aren't deserving, low salaries for junior level staff

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    1 person found this review helpful
  8. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Hard to move up

    Mar 19, 2021 - Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Motivated peers, interesting people, trips to beautiful Aspen

    Cons

    Low pay, no career mobility, favoritism on display

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  9. 3.0
    Former Employee

    Former employee

    Feb 4, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Little upward mobility for young staff.

    1 person found this review helpful
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