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Updated Jan 11, 2021

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  • "Benefits are lacking and the salary is low(in 5 reviews)
  • "Housing in Aspen is difficult, long hours(in 5 reviews)
  • "There is little upward mobility for junior level staff.(in 4 reviews)
  • "Low pay, sometimes work could be time(in 4 reviews)
  • "Some management is great, other departments have managers/directors that are not very communicative with their subordinates.(in 3 reviews)
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  1. 2.0
    Current Employee

    Not a great place to work

    Aug 5, 2010 -  in Washington, DC
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Learn the in's and out's of how corporate offices deal on a daily, Getting time off not as hard as other jobs, Look's good on resume. They have numerous of elite leaders to visit and it gives one a chance to say that they have seen and meet the leaders.

    Cons

    No room for advancement, Salary deserved not given, Upper management can be rude, can't work from home if needed. Even though everyone seems nice at first, you soon realize every man is for himself and the people that have been there longer stick together. The turnover right is very high for this company.

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    3 people found this review helpful
  2. 3.0
    Current Employee

    Great colleagues

    Jan 11, 2021 - Senior Program Coordinator 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Very smart and motivated colleagues

    Cons

    Leadership issues in upper management

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  3. 2.0
    Current Employee

    Collection of Autonomous Groups; It all Depends on Your Group

    Nov 2, 2011 - Program Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Recommend
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    Pros

    - Potential to build a great network at Aspen events/colloquia/seminars - Great learning opportunities as you go (there's no one holding your hand, which is fantastic if you like that kind of independence) - My direct boss is a decent human being, so she's understanding when I have to take a day off for personal reasons - Free food all the time

    Cons

    - Upper management doesn't seem to care at all about young professionals - Lack of professional development and training opportunities - Medical insurance is lousy, to say the least - Aspen moves to the tune of its funders: they say open a new program, Aspen complies (even if it just strengthens the divisions already in place)

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    4 people found this review helpful
  4. 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
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