AARP:What's it like to work here?
You know the drill, we’re coming to the end of the year which means, inevitably, it’s time for a review. It’s been a great year, here at kununu, and what makes it even better is that we’ve managed to use all of the reviews and data you’ve given us to help so many jobseekers find the best employers for them. And now, drumroll please…. Here are our top 15 employers of the year! This is truly the highest honor an employer can receive from us as it means that these companies really excelled in 2019, bringing in amazing kununu ratings and consistently scoring highly across the board. Every single employer on this list has a lot to be proud of, and you, as a jobseeker should totally apply to any one of them.1. Ultimate Software
Ultimate Software, prides itself on putting people first – always. Ultimate Software was founded in 1990. Today, it has its headquarters in Weston, South Florida and has offices around the world. Ultimate develops ground-breaking software solutions that help people fulfill their potential at work. One example is their UltiPro®, a global, AI-powered, cloud-based human capital management (HCM) solution that aims to improve the employee experience at all levels of an organization.
So, given what they do, they should know best how to treat their own employees, right?! According to kununu users, they really do! “Ultimate supports the development of every employee,” in fact, about 50% of their frontline management positions are held by women, and they are ranked #2 on Fortune’s Best Workplaces for Women for 2019. It’s not surprising then, that this employer also featured on our list of the top 10 companies for gender equality in the whole of the US!
People just love the amazing overall vibe and one kununu user tells us that “in general, all departments are congratulated by management at the end of each month or when the objectives are reached.” And, you can even work from home. “I work from home, and my manager trusts me to get my work done without looking over my shoulder every day.”, explains an employee in Weston, Florida. Want to know more about working at Ultimate Software? They were our employer of the month for October!2. AARP
AARP is America’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people to choose how they live as they age. The goal of AARP is to help their nearly 38 million members and their families “turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthen communities and fight for the issues that matter most.” Since this company is so focused on ensuring that their members have access to healthcare, financial security and personal fulfillment, they also offer all of these benefits to their employees. They offer everyone the opportunity to select the benefits that suit you (and your family) best including- medical, dental, vision, life insurance, flexible spending account, and legal services.
It’s no wonder then that they’ve been awarded a kununu score of 4.77 and a recommendation rate of 97%! Employees say that AARP is a “good social mission organization with resources to implement plans” and that they offer an “excellent total compensation/benefits package.” In the eyes of one employee “this is a great organization to work for, there’s room to grow, benefits are excellent, and overall culture is pleasant.” So, if you’re interested in advocating for the 50+ and working for a non-profit, this could be the place for you!3. Florida Medical Clinic
Florida Medical Clinic actually consists of 350 providers that cover the Tampa Bay region. Their motto is “your life is our specialty” and Florida Medical Clinic boasts a team of compassionate, experienced physicians who specialize in everything from family practice and internal medicine services to cardiology, gastroenterology, sports medicine, plastic surgery, and more, all within one integrated network.
As they pride themselves on taking such good care of their patients, they also extend this care to their employees too! Ranking third on our list, Florida Medical Clinic has an impressive kununu score of 4.69 and some great reviews on our site. One employee says “I love the people I work with, my job is challenging and I learn new things everyday.” Another says, that it’s a “great company with great benefits, flexible scheduling and great coworkers.” It definitely sounds like a “great Company to work for,” so what are you waiting for?4. Expedia Group
As one of the world’s biggest travel platforms, Expedia Group has an impressive brand portfolio including hotels.com, trivago and Expedia. They’re on a mission to make travel more accessible and make people’s lives better and this starts with their employees!
Here at kununu, employees have given their employer a score of 4.57 and it’s easy to see why when they speak so highly of their employer saying “Expedia is a wonderful company to work for with incredible benefits, I don’t know of any company with better benefits!” According to employees, “Health and wellness is important” here and they “have a wonderful holiday party.”
Another employee also says: “The company gives me and the team a pleasant climate and a flexible and recreational space to work in addition to food in variety, fruit juices and breakfast at my choice.” The company is also rated as very diverse on kununu and focuses on inclusion and culture and one employee writes “I love working for Expedia. They always try to make work fun and treat people with respect.” Do you love to travel? Why not apply to work for a fun, rewarding travel company like Expedia?5. Safe Streets USA
And that’s not all, Safe Streets USA has a kununu score of 4.55 and a recommendation rate of 92% and it’s ranked highly across the board with 5/5 scores given for Gender Equality, Inclusivity, Work Environment and Freedom to Work Independently. It also has a Support from Management score of 4.65 and ranked on our list of most supportive companies as a result.
Employees say that Safe Streets USA “supports handicapped employees and strives for absolute gender equality.” They also say that “SafeStreets USA has great work ethic and support that permeates from the ground up,” has “great opportunities,” a “desirable company culture” and is a “great place to work.” If you’re excited about home security and working somewhere that offers you support from management, this is the place for you!6. RCG Global Services
RCG Global Services is based in New Jersey and has offices throughout the U.S. It’s a global provider of “digital solutions across mobile, web, cloud, and legacy platforms, with a focus on actionable data and analytics.” They enable their clients from a range of markets realize their digital ambitions to achieve measurable business outcomes. As a company that is heavily driven by its technology innovation, you might think that it would be solely male-dominated, but RCG Global Services actually has a very strong gender equality rating from it’s current and former employees, as well as high scores for diversity, teamwork and company culture, proving that it’s a very supportive employer for all employees.
On kununu, employees have awarded this employer a score of 4.47 and a recommendation rate of 96%! They say “RCG is a great company to work for,” there are “good, smart people, a culture of independence and self-motivation“, and there’s “never a dull moment… in a good way!“ So, if you’re looking for a job in tech that’s also really supportive, apply to RCG Global Services!7. HeartPlace
Founded almost 50 years ago, HeartPlace is the oldest and largest cardiovascular group in North Texas. Today, HeartPlace has 70 locations throughout the Dallas- Fort Worth metroplex and is known as an innovator in cardiovascular services introducing procedures such as coronary angiography, angioplasty, coronary stenting, and electrophysiology. And, HeartPlace is not just great for its patients and the hospitals the team works in, it’s also a great employer! It offers a number of great benefits including a Wellness Program, a Health Savings Account and Holiday Bonuses.
HeartPlace was our employer of the month for August! It has a kununu score of 4.45 and employees say it’s an “excellent coordinated group of doctors and corporate employees and some of the nicest people I have ever met,” that it’s a “wonderful Company to work for” and a “great employer.” And one applicant even said that HeartPlace is a “super responsive employer, interviews and paper were quick and easy and they have welcoming employees at the front.” So, what do you say? Ready to put an application in?8. SpinSystems
Spin Systems, or SpinSys, is an IT company headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia with branch offices in Charleston, SC and San Antonio, TX. Spin Systems helps companies create business intelligence from big data problems and take the complexity out of building and migrating applications into a private or public cloud.
Employees have awarded Spin Systems a score of 4.44 on kununu and have told us that this IT company has a “family oriented atmosphere and cares about their employees.” Some of the benefits on offer for employees at Spin Systems include flexible work hours, remote work, tuition reimbursement, nap rooms and an onsite gym. One employee says that the “work environment is AMAZING” and “any need that I have asked for has been provided to me.” Sounds great, right?! Go and apply today.9. Green Solar Technologies
Green Solar Technologies is one of the leading solar energy companies in the U.S. The company’s mission to provide high quality service and materials to its customers and to provide “green” solutions for the planet. Since this company trying to help the planet and its customers, what do employees think? Well, here at kununu, its teamwork score has already landed it on our top 10 list of companies with awesome teamwork culture! Employees have told us, “I feel blessed each day,” “going to work and looking forward to another productive and enlightening day is awesome” and that it’s easily the best Solar company to work with!” High praise indeed! Your next job in solar energy could be here!10. Pima Medical Institute
Pima Medical Institute (PMI) is a post-secondary school with 17 campuses in 8 states with a growing online program too. It offers certificates and associate degrees in the allied health field along with online associate and bachelor degree completion programs.
Here at kununu, employees have awarded Pima Medical Institute a kununu score of 4.23! And, with a Gender Equality score of 4.33 out of 5, they’ve already made our list of top 10 healthcare companies that score high on gender equality. Former employees have told us that that they “loved working there, it had such a fun and fast paced environment”, it has a “great culture” and that overall it’s a “great company to work for!” Get your application in today.11. Hyster-Yale Group
Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc. designs, engineers, manufactures, sells and services a comprehensive line of lift trucks and aftermarket parts which are all marketed globally under the Hyster and Yale brand names. According to them, their goal isn’t just to build the best lift trucks possible, but to create solutions that enable our customers to improve the overall efficiency and effectiveness of their businesses.
On kununu, employees have given their employer a score of 4.15 and they have told us that “Hyster-Yale Group is an honest company with great benefits and very competitive pay for the area,” they say it’s “one of the best places to work, a hidden gem”, and an excellent company with a great work life balance.” If you work in truck production and design, it’s time to get your application in.12. Care.com
Care.com has built the world’s largest online marketplace for finding and managing care. They connect families with caregivers and caregivers with jobs so the world can go to work. And now have 34.1 million members in more than 20 countries. Here on kununu, Care.com has been awarded a score of 4.08, with employees telling us “this is a great job, all the people there are so kind, everyone would help you if you are in trouble”, “ the culture at care is amazing” and that it’s a “great company, with good benefits and is very respectful.” If you’re looking for a job in which you care for others and your employer cares for you, this is the place for you!13. AdventHealth
Founded in 1973, AdventHealth helps the people in their care create a life of whole health by healing their bodies, strengthening their minds and lifting their spirits. With more than 80,000 skilled and compassionate caregivers company-wide, AdventHealth provides individualized, holistic care in physician practices, hospitals, outpatients clinics, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, and hospice centers.As one of the largest health care providers in the United States, AdventHealth strives to change lives for the better.
Here at kununu, employees have awarded AdventHealth a score of 4.0 and have told us that it’s a “great place to work for, with great benefits and pay”, it’s “an excellent Christian organization and staff get along well so it is easy to enjoy your daily job.” One employee even says “I have never felt more appreciated at a company, AdventHealth truly values their employees and wants them to succeed.” Healthcare professionals take note, this could be the employer for you!14. Federal IT Consulting
Founded in 2003, Federal IT Consulting, otherwise known as FEDITC, LLC is an ISO 9001/20000-1/27001, and CMMI level 3 certified cyber security, IT, and engineering services firm. FEDITC is highly qualified for cyber security and information assurance, secured network communications, software engineering, enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions, health IT, mobile application solutions, energy management, and environmental and engineering services. This IT company also develops and manages mission critical national security systems and networks throughout the world, directly supporting the warfighter, Department of Defense leadership, and the United States.
Not only does this company work at the highest levels of cyber security, it’s also a great place to work. Employees have awarded their employer a score of 3.98 and have told us here on kununu that it’s a “great company and has wonderful people.” One employee says “FEDITC is a great company to work for, as it offers “fair compensation and several government opportunities.” What are you waiting for? It’s time to apply for your next IT role!15. Dewberry
Dewberry was established in 1956 and is headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, with more than 50 locations and 2,000+ professionals nationwide. It’s a leading, market-facing firm with a proven history of providing professional services to a wide variety of public- and private-sector clients. This company is dedicated to solving its clients’ most complex challenges and transforming the communities they work in.
But it’s not just their work that sets them apart, they’ve also made it onto this list for being a great employer. On kununu, employees have awarded Dewberry a score of 3.94, and say that “Dewberry provides a great work environment and the opportunity to work on a wide variety of interesting projects.” One employee goes so far as saying “my employer values me as a person and makes me feel like I’m apart of something bigger,” and another says that they value the “good work environment where I am given the opportunity to take on new tasks.” Why not send your application in?
What makes you happy at work? Is it your boss? The beautiful working environment? Your colleagues, perhaps? Maybe your colleagues have become friends by now getting you through difficult situations with a wink. Colleagues who respect you and appreciate your work are golden; especially this appreciation is important in making your job feel worth-while. Our Non-Profit Employer of the Month has made it their mission to bring this appreciation out into the world and make the lives of many workers easier. AARP’s main focus lies with older employees who have earned special recognition for their knowledge and expertise. Find out how AARP lives up to this in their daily work and why they deserve kununu’s special nomination as Employer of the Month.AARP is the place to work this October!
AARP is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit organizations empowering people to turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities. Goals like strengthening communities, supporting elderly people when it comes to healthcare, financial security and personal fulfillment are integral. Jo Ann Jenkins, AARP CEO, explains their mission: “We need to get rid of the outdated stereotypes about aging and spark new solutions, so more of us can choose how we want to live as we age. For young people, living to 100 is not a pipe dream, it’s a real possibility”.
This mission is carried out by every single employee as one user reviews on kununu: “Social mission and everyone is on board with that!! Dedicated, smart people.” But why are AARP’s employees so motivated? Potentially because they offer excellent compensation and benefits packages and encourage staff to challenge themselves and be innovative in the work they do. This does not only lead to a happy and motivated team, but also to an extraordinary good score for company culture of 4,19 points (out of 5). Apart from that, there is another aspect that has AARP leaving all its competitors behind: Gender equality. On kununu, AARP have a rating of 4,15 points and this score is also reflected in the reviews given: “Support and inclusion of employees is extremely good.” Another user shares a similar personal experience: “AARP walks their talk and hires at all ages. The attitude, is if you can do the job, you can do the job regardless of age, gender, or ethnicity.” Is this also the key for AARP’s success? We asked Grant Clough, HR Specialist at AARP.What are the unique things you’re doing to attract talent?
Grant Clough: AARP prides itself on our mission to make life better for people as they age. You’ll find that mission through-out our employee experience. Whether it be working alongside the four generations in our workforce, or our benefits package that meets our employees at every age of their lifecycle; AARP is dedicated to a progressive work environment where employees can grow in their current jobs and build a career to meet their highest aspirations.In your opinion, why would someone apply at your company?
Grant Clough: Inside AARP each and every employee is empowered to innovate to make life better for people as they age. People at AARP come and work here because they believe in the mission, they believe in the work that we’re doing to empower people to chose how they live as they age, and they come to drive social impact across the country.Are there special perks that you offer that positively impacts your team morale?
Grant Clough: AARP is leading a revolution in the way in which people view and live life after 50. We exhibit that same vigor through the benefits that we offer our employees. In addition to competitive pay, incentive, and recognition programs; AARP offers employees the ability tobalance work and personal responsibilities with flexible work arrangements, paid and unpaid leave programs (including caregiving and parental leave), a phased retirement program, and renewal (a paid sabbatical for long term employees)continue their personal and professional development with tuition assistance, career coaches, workshops, certifications, and professional memberships; andplan for their “what’s next” with a robust pension and retirement savings plan
Sounds too good to be true? Actually, no, as the reviews on kununu show similar impressions: “While job security at any company is never guaranteed, AARP does try to offer staff many professional growth training opportunities to allow the staff a chance to grow with the company. Good work is often rewarded.” This not only motivates the employees, but keeps the spirit up to outperform and achieve unbelievable goals like a yearly revenue of 1,6 billion dollars. Success, however, does not just fall in your lap: AARP is always working on their internal communication and is steadily improving processes and meetings. One former employee writes on kununu that the internal communication within departments is very good as well as the goal setting to align your work with the company goal. What more do you need to become one of the happiest employees on earth? An overall kununu score of 3,97? Check! A recommendation rate of 98%? Check. So, to sum up, in our opinion AARP is an excellent employer and in the opinion of this user, too: “I have been with the company for about 12 years and there is not a place in the company I dislike.” Congratulations, AARP and keep on rockin’!
WASHINGTON, June 21, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- AARP has been named one of The Washington Post's 2019 Top Workplaces in the Washington, D.C. area. AARP is a 2019 award winner in the top 30 large employers category, rising to #11 from #14 last year. Selection is based solely on employee feedback gathered through an anonymous third-party survey administered by research partner Energage, LLC, which measured several aspects of workplace culture, including alignment, execution, and connection.
"The commitment that AARP employees have to the work they do on behalf of people 50-plus and their families shines through every day," said AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins. "Because all of us at AARP believe so strongly in the organization's social mission, we've sought to make AARP an inspiring place to work and one where collaboration, innovation and inclusiveness are at the heart of everything we do. To learn that AARP is once again rated as a Top Workplace is a great honor."
"Now in its sixth year, The Post's Top Workplaces list continues to reflect companies in the region that cultivate a connection with their workforce," said Washington Post Top Workplaces editor Dion Haynes. "It's clear from the survey that these organizations share a commitment to providing support and an environment that makes employees feel valued and respected."
AARP is committed to attracting, inspiring and retaining its diverse, skilled and motivated workforce. AARP's benefits package is designed in alignment with its social impact agenda focused on financial resilience, health security, including caregiving, and personal fulfillment for people age 50-plus and their families. AARP employees are empowered to be everyday innovators in aging.
For more about The Washington Post's Top Workplaces and to see the full list of this year's honorees, visit https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2019/business/top-workplaces/.
AARP is the nation's largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With a nationwide presence and nearly 38 million members, AARP strengthens communities and advocates for what matters most to families: health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also produces the nation's largest circulation publications: AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. To learn more, visit www.aarp.org or follow @AARP and @AARPadvocates on social media.
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About Energage, LLC
Headquartered in Exton, Pa., Energage (formerly known as WorkplaceDynamics) is a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools that help leaders to unlock potential, inspire performance, and achieve amazing results within their organizations. The research partner behind the Top Workplaces program, Energage has surveyed more than 47,000 organizations representing well over 16 million employees in the United States.
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This powerful advocacy and lobbying organization represents the interests of the nation's elderly and aging population, but its mission is much broader than that. Life at AARP is built around the organization's purpose of "empowering people to choose how they live as they age," as one manager put it. A decade ago, it officially changed its name from the American Association of Retired Persons to simply AARP because surveys showed that about half of its members were still working. It is one of a diminishing pool of organizations in the United States that still offers pensions to new employees, something that is meant to underscore its commitment to offering solid retirement benefits. Employees seem to be motivated first and foremost by the benefits AARP provides to its members. "Every time I help a person reach their potential or find a living wage job with benefits I feel we have done our job," one employee wrote in a survey.
Computerworld included AARP’s on its annual list of the 100 Best Places to Work in IT for the fourth consecutive year. This year AARP ranked #2 among midsize organizations, up from sixth place last year.
AARP also ranked—across all 100 companies on the list—#2 for Benefits, #3 for Diversity, and #6 for training.
Congress should pass a bill that would improve protections for older adults in the workplace, an AARP official testified at a hearing Tuesday on the Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act (POWADA). The measure would reverse a 2009 U.S. Supreme Court decision that made it more difficult for people to win litigation after facing discrimination because of their age.
"Age discrimination in the workplace remains disturbingly pervasive,” said Laurie McCann, senior attorney for AARP Foundation, at the House Committee on Education and Labor hearing. “Three in five older workers report that they have seen or experienced age discrimination on the job. Discrimination is discrimination, and POWADA would make Congress’ intent clear that no amount of unlawful discrimination in the workplace is acceptable. Congress should pass POWADA as soon as possible."
The federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) protects workers age 40 and older from being forced out of jobs or denied work opportunities because of their age. But in a 2009 ruling (Gross v. FBL Financial Services Inc.), the U.S. Supreme Court said older workers have to prove that their age was a decisive factor in the employer's decision to discipline or fire them, a much higher standard than had been required since the ADEA was enacted in 1967. Previously, it was sufficient to prove age was one of a number factors that played into such a decision. POWADA would amend the ADEA to restore the previous standards. Bipartisan groups of legislators in the House of Representatives and Senate introduced identical POWADA bills in February.
The proposed legislation clearly states that victims of age discrimination do not have to demonstrate that age was a deciding factor for the employer's action in order to prove their case.
Jack Gross, the plaintiff who lost that age discrimination case in 2009, attended the hearing Tuesday. In a separate conversation recorded for an episode of AARP's Take on Today podcast, Gross, who is now 70 and retired, said he is upset that a Supreme Court ruling that is referred to by his name is being used to hurt other older workers.
"This is a little bit about ego for me now,” Gross said. “There are a lot of people who had probably pretty good [age discrimination] cases who would have had their day in court, but they go to an attorney and their attorney says, ‘Well, after the decision in the Gross case, you know, these are so tough to prove we don't want to take anything on a contingency basis like this anymore.’ So, some of them just don't get off the ground, and when they do get there, the Gross v. FBL decision is cited time after time for denying anybody a reasonable chance of winning because the standard of proof has become almost insurmountable."
POWADA is sponsored by Reps. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) and Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) and Sens. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Charles Grassley (R-Iowa).
AARP is commemorating its 60th anniversary with the construction of fitness parks in local communities in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. AARP partnered with an innovative nonprofit, FitLot,™ and worked with the local Parks and Recreation department to open its first fitness park in St. Petersburg, Florida on April 24. AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins, Mayor Rick Kriseman, and FitLot Co-Founder and Executive Director Adam Mejerson were on hand to welcome community members to the new park and try out the exercise equipment.
Over the next three years, 52 more fitness parks will open with more than a dozen planned for 2019. Check the Media Relations blog for details on upcoming and recent openings.
Each fitness park will be located in or near an outdoor park and will feature stationary equipment, such as an elliptical and stepper, that can be adapted to meet a wide range of fitness levels and abilities. The parks include ample floor space for group exercises and users can attach resistance bands to the upright beams of the structure at ankle, waist and shoulder height for more varied routines.
Public spaces are essential to a vibrant community. It’s no surprise that a recent AARP survey found that safe parks are among the top three community features people want in their neighborhoods. Some of the benefits outlined in AARP’s Creating Parks and Public Spaces for People of All Ages: A Step-by-Step Guide, include:
Improved physical and mental health.
Enhanced community connections.
Added economic value and cost saving benefits.
Cities where AARP is donating fitness parks will host a community-opening event or bring volunteers together for a community build day.
“These thinkers, speakers, and doers make bold choices and take big risks—and move others to do the same.”
About 24% of the U.S. workforce is 55 or above—and older workers face a disproportionate risk of being laid off. This spring, Jenkins rallied bipartisan support behind a long-dormant bill that would strengthen federal age discrimination laws. She’s also a dogged critic of prescription drug costs—a burden to which older workers and retirees alike are keenly vulnerable.