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Employers of the Year 2019: 15 companies you should apply for right now!

Dec 5, 2019

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

This North Carolina-based home security and alarm systems provider is ADT’s oldest, largest and most respected authorized dealer and has a network of over 900 employees across 5 locations nationwide. 

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?

Congratulations to our Non-Profit Employer of the Month – AARP!

Oct 22, 2019

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 to

balance 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’!

https://transparency.kununu.com/employer-of-the-month-aarp/

AARP Chief: How Living to 100 Changes Our Ideas About Aging

Aug 25, 2019

Jo Ann Jenkins is the CEO of AARP, the world's largest nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization. AARP is focused on helping people "improve their quality of life" as they age; it has more than 38 million members.

Jenkins joined AARP in 2010 and became CEO in 2014. Previously she was chief operating officer at the Library of Congress, one of her many roles in public service. She is the author of "Disrupt Aging: A Bold New Path to Living Your Best Life at Every Age," a book about changing society's views on aging. She is the first woman to be named CEO of AARP on a permanent basis.

Answers are edited for length and clarity.

Q: AARP focuses on people over 50, what a massive slice of the population.

A: It is a huge population, over 110 million people over the age of 50 in the U.S. alone.

We call this the longevity economy, meaning that people over the age of 50 are actually contributing more than $7.6 trillion dollars in annual economic activity. In fact, if this cohort were a country — based on its economic value — it would be number three behind the US and China. People over the age of 50 do spend an awful lot and contribute a lot to the economy: 51 cents of every dollar spent by someone in the US is spent by the person over the age of 50.


Q: And that money, what are they spending it on?

A: They usually are spending it on the same kind of things as millennials: home, entertainment and health care. I would put those three things at the top of their list.

Q: Something you talk about in your book is challenging outdated beliefs about retirement and aging. What do you see as some of the most common misconceptions?

A: A generation ago, middle age was 40. Certainly middle age has moved up to the 50s and 60s. Think about it — a 10-year-old child today has a 50% chance of living to be 104.

So if you look at the 100 year lifespan, how do we start changing that perception of aging? How do we think about life if in fact 50% of us may soon be living to be 100? How do we rethink adolescence? How do we rethink work? Do we really have to stay in one place for 30 years like our parents did? Or are we going to have three and four totally different careers over the course of a lifetime?

So the book is about shattering those outdated beliefs and stereotypes — even the idea that everybody wants to retire at 62.


I think what we're seeing is that in fact, close to 40 percent of our members say they want to continue working past traditional retirement age — either because they want to or because they need to. And we know that people who continue to work or even volunteer can live longer than people who don't.

So all those misperceptions of what people want when they retire or what they want to do in their older life I think is being totally torn apart by the idea that people are going to live longer, healthier — and hopefully in better financial shape — than they had in the past.

Q: Speaking of financial shape, retirement savings — or the lack of — is a huge concern. What do you see as a priority to help ensure that everyone doesn't spend their old age in poverty?

A: Well that's exactly why we hope that people are saving their own money, that hopefully they have a pension or 401(k) at their place of work and that they're not solely dependent on Social Security because we think you have to have all three of those.

And right now we are in the middle of this huge fight to bring down the cost of prescription drugs. We know the older you get, the more prescription drugs you take. And the fact is that some people are spending 30%, 40% of their retirement income on the cost of prescription drugs that they depend on. It's one of those things that really cuts back on their financial security.

Also, when Social Security was put in place, people were retiring earlier and living shorter lives. It's all the more reason we need to address these issues of Social Security solvency and also adequacy so that it's here for not just our generation but generations to come.

Q: What drew you to this job? You've got plenty of background in D.C. but what drew you to this niche?


A: I've always worked in jobs that are focused on giving back and helping others, whether it's in government service or in the private sector. And AARP had asked me if I would come to head up their charitable arm, which focuses on low income and vulnerable individuals. After two years I was asked to come to AARP the parent to be the chief operating officer and then 18 months later to be the CEO.

So when I came to AARP, my intention was to be running the foundation for a long, long time. But you know I'm here in the CEO position and I love the work that AARP is doing. And I tell the staff all the time that I get excited to come to work every day knowing the impact we can have. Not many people get to work in a job that they love and so I find myself fortunate to be in this position.

My message is really how do we start looking at aging in a positive way? For many of us it's our own perception of aging that is the bigger problem than societal reflection of it.

I know for me, I'm living at 61 very different than my parents lived when they were 61. And we are all still in the workplace and we're all being very productive and I think that what's important is that this age cohort is living very differently and contributing to society and is not just being a burden in terms of their cost, but they really are the backbone of the economic activity in the U.S.


https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2019/08/25/business/ap-us-insider-qa-aarp-ceo.html

Making aging easier in the 21st century

Aug 14, 2019

Legacy organizations are borrowing tech-industry strategies to further their mission—and creating inspiring workplaces in the process.

Nigel Smith has logged hours for some of the world’s most prestigious companies, from top-10 banks to management consulting firms. But nothing compares to his current job.

As director of AARP’s startup incubator Hatchery Ventures, Smith is at the center of the company’s latest efforts to improve the lives of Americans over 50—which, today, means leveraging technology. So Smith and his colleagues scour the global marketplace for impressive organizations that can help shape their AI, virtual-reality and robotics products. They’re also building digital solutions for some of the most intractable challenges facing older Americans now and into the future.

“What’s been unfolding [over] the last year is probably one of the most powerful innovation stories I’ve ever seen,” Smith said.

Smith’s deep enthusiasm is shared by his teammates at AARP. And it has a lot to do with creative teams within the organization—including product development hub Innovation Labs and AARPx, a department focused on consumer experience—that are adapting their ethos for a new generation. That translates to a workplace that makes employees passionate about their ability to change with the times and disrupt the status quo.

Helping people choose how they live as they age, then and now


AARP was founded in 1958 by Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus her goal was to reframe aging in a more positive light and give retired Americans a collective voice around issues like affordable health care and pension reform. That vision is still playing out today in AARP offices nationwide, including the ones in Washington, D.C., where Smith and his colleagues at the Hatchery are located.

The Hatchery hosts projects developed by AARP and its partners. And just as Andrus knew precisely what retirees were up against in the 1950s, Smith understands the challenges facing older adults today, from cardiovascular disease to dementia, social isolation and insufficient retirement savings. These are challenges that “we need solutions for, desperately,” Smith said.

Innovation Labs has heeded that call by launching a virtual-reality platform aimed at making life easier for folks over 50 called Alcove, which facilitates intergenerational connection. To build Alco ve, they collaborated with Hatchery Ventures portfolio company Rendever, which has a virtual reality platform that provides cognitive stimulation and socialization to seniors. Innovation Labs’ workspace is even designed for collaboration and creativity, with an open layout and writable walls that encourage brainstorming.

Giving consumers a voice

AARPx, a department within the organization, aims to ensure that people’s interactions with AARP are easy, enjoyable and useful for their specific needs. To get a feel for what people want, the team taps into social media and listens to AARP’s call center, where members can get in touch with experts. Employees also volunteer throughout D.C. for a wide variety of organizations, including one that that provides legal counsel to elderly people at risk of losing their homes.

“That allows us to really understand what it’s like to be in their shoes,” said Michelle Musgrove, senior vice president of AARPx.


Through her research, Musgrove learned that older adults depend on AARP for information about life transitions, but they nonetheless want to make their own decisions. This led to the creation of Frontline Feedback, an app that lets employees and volunteers gather questions and comments from the public on the spot, whether pertaining to healthcare, neighborhood safety or caregiving, so AARP can provide more targeted information and solutions.

“Figuring out Medicare is not easy. Caring for somebody who is in decline when you have a teenager at home is not easy,” Musgrove said.

For this vulnerable population, AARP offers a powerful combination of community and information that can be life-altering. That could include anything from getting the right prescription drug for a particular condition to finding a local ride-share to doctor appointments and the grocery store.

This window into the lives of older Americans has profoundly affected Musgrove’s outlook.

“Around here, there’s no shortage of inspirational stories of people who are what would be considered ‘old’ doing amazing things,” she said—including a 92-year-old marathoner who didn’t take up running until her late 70s. “It’s sincerely changed my perception on life. I’m excited about getting older.”

A culture of disruption that puts older adults first

Before founding AARP, Dr. Andrus empowered older Americans by creating the first group health insurance program just for them—a decade ahead of Medicare. Her boundary-pushing spirit still thrives across all levels of AARP, which is now led by CEO Jo Ann Jenkins; about 10 percent of staffers are allotted extra time and resources to pursue innovation, AARP has become a regular at tech trade shows and it invests tens of millions of dollars in “longevity economy” trailblazers like the Dementia Discovery Fund, an effort to find non-traditional solutions for the disease.


That try-anything atmosphere was made clear to director of audience marketing Maura White at AARP’s 60th anniversary event last year. There, White suggested launching state-specific online communities to ramp up consumer engagement, to which an AARP executive responded by gathering state management for an impromptu discussion. As a result, four states may test the idea this fall.

Feeling encouraged to share her ideas, and being able to bring them to fruition, is part of what White loves about working at AARP. She receives the same support from her team on Raise Your Voice, a voice app for smart speakers and phones that keeps users abreast of legislative issues like Social Security changes and prescription drug prices. The app even connects users directly to their senator or representative, so that they can advocate for themselves.

The dedication and drive of the employees powering these teams keeps them operating at tip-top shape. Whether it’s making sure people know when and where to vote or working through the weekend to provide customers with answers, “my staff, they go to the mat,” White said.

It all speaks to the fact that AARP is pulling off something that remains a challenge even for some of the world’s most impressive businesses: “How to infuse disruption within their organizations,” said Smith. “And it feels like within AARP, we are figuring it out.”

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AARP Receives 2019 Top Workplaces Award From Washington Post

Jun 21, 2019

WASHINGTONJune 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/.

About AARP

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.

About The Washington Post

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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.

Top Workplaces 2019

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Founded: 1958

Sector: Advocacy

Headquarters: D.C.

Local Employees: 1,424

Total employees: 2,306

Locations in D.C. area: 1

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.

Best Places to Work in IT 2019

Jun 17, 2019

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.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3400380/best-places-to-work-in-it-2019.html

AARP Urges Congress to Strengthen Age Discrimination Laws

May 21, 2019

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 Donating Fitness Parks for All Ages

May 13, 2019

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.”

Apr 21, 2019

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.