AARP: What's it like to work here?

AARP

89 reviews from employees

kununu Score: 4.0Recommendation: 95%
Breakdown

89 employees rated this employer with an average of 4.0 points on a scale from 1 to 5.

79 employees recommended the employer in their reviews. The employer was not recommended in 4 reviews.

Overall it wasn't too bad, they did support you but the managers were horrible.

3.9
Recommended
Former EmployeeWorked in Administration at AARP in Washington.

What I like

They had a lot of activities to make sure we all knew each other from different shifts. Donuts or bagels every Friday. And gave us a ton of paid time off to have balance with work and our day to day lie. They offered a lot of great benefits as well.

What I dislike

The managers did not listen to the needs of the people working under them, only a few. Also they could be rude when it should be approached differently to peoples needs and values.

Suggestions for improvement

Definitely the management environment. Everything else was great.

Company Culture

Not at all positive, tooo much politics

Company Image

It was ok

Work-Life Balance

They did give out a lot of PTO and sick time

Career Development

There was ample room for growth if they liked you

Handicapped Accessibility

Yes very great

Overall compensation for your work

Paid very well

Inclusive / Diverse

Very respectful

Environmental Friendliness

did not recycle

Workplace Safety

Had extensive training

Teamwork

Yes we all mostly got along

Attitude towards older colleagues

Very respectful

Support from management

Yes weekly meetings

Office / Work Environment

everything was comfortable for an office like setting

Challenging Work

We didn't get enough support or recognition

Internal Communication

Rude

Gender Equality

Very respectful

Freedom to work independently

Micromanaged a lot


Job Security

I am currently a licensed agent for united health crae

5.0
Recommended
EmployeeWorked in Administration at AARP in Washington at the time of review.

What I like

I have been with the company for about 12 years great company

What I dislike

There is not a place in the company I dislike

Suggestions for improvement

I would not make any improvements just maybe more pay

Company Culture

Team players


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Mission Driven Organization With Great People

4.8
Recommended
EmployeeWorked in Human resources/recruiting at AARP in Washington, D.C. at the time of review.

Company Culture

Collaborative and Innovative


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Good social mission organization with resources to implement plans. Excellent total compensation/benefits package.

3.9
Recommended
EmployeeWorked in Human resources/recruiting at AARP in Washington, D.C. at the time of review.

What I like

Social mission and everyone is on board with that!! Dedicated, smart people. Great benefits.

What I dislike

Approval processes can be cumbersome. Lack of ability to telework more often.

Work-Life Balance

There are great policies in place to help with this! Two examples are "Back-up Care" and Caregiving Leave. Unfortunately, some of them (like telework) are dependent upon the group you work for and not all groups have the same standards.

Handicapped Accessibility

Seems to have everything needed, including most training is compliant.

Workplace Safety

Guards. Good safety and contingency team.

Teamwork

Sometimes collaboration can go too far and slow down the process... Sometimes we get in our own way. It can, at times, be challenging to work cross-team or enterprise.

Support from management

My direct managers have generally been supportive. Like you would expect, it depends on your manager's style.

Office / Work Environment

Beautiful building with lovely amenities. Unfortunately, at the same time this was put into place, most workers below director level were placed into cubes (most had offices prior to the renovation).

Challenging Work

I have been afforded the opportunity to learn many new things. There is some favoritism displayed in the assignment of cross-cutting projects,

Job Security

Better than my last employer but still, there is downsizing and re-organization.

Freedom to work independently

Mixed bag. Some things I can work independently, and others are managed closely and require approvals, even for seemingly simple items.


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Gender Equality

To serve and not to be served. AARP does good for all.

4.4
Recommended
EmployeeWorked in Human resources/recruiting at AARP in Washington at the time of review.

Company Culture

Strong leadership at the top promoting the vision of our future work while maintaining accountability for current work. Promotes the idea of "failing forward". Okay to fail in your search for success.

Company Image

Top notch organization. Does good for millions whether through assisting in medical research or forming/protecting social policy that serves as a safety net for all. Proud to work here.

Work-Life Balance

Had been better in the past. They try, but have left much of the job of "work life balance" of staff to the individual managers rather than at corporate level policies which has lead to some inconsistency in application. Does have a great 4 week paid time off called "Renewal" for those who successfully compete 7 years of work at AARP.

Career Development

Employees are encouraged by their managers to attend conferences or other networking events, and are provided lots of training/learning opportunities from in house courses, to tuition reimbursement.

Overall compensation for your work

For a not for profit company, the pay is pretty good. There are very good benefits though that are not consistently offered by other companies. Paid time off for family care and also for community service are two of them.

Inclusive / Diverse

Currently very diverse and increasing diversity all the time. Support and inclusion of employees is extremely good.

Environmental Friendliness

We do generate a lot of paper material, but are moving as much as we can to digital in order to reach out to our members and staff.

Workplace Safety

Building security has been improved and managers/HR does a good job of trying to administering policies for good workplace safety.

Teamwork

Strong throughout the organization both within departments and across departments.

Attitude towards older colleagues

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.

Support from management

Management is quite open and responsive to staff requests and is good in explaining the rational for decision making and is available to offer advice.

Office / Work Environment

The offices are nice. There used to be more flexibility in working remotely than there is currently for some. However, managers try to be as accommodating as possible from my experience.

Challenging Work

While many of AARP's social mission goals are long term, the work that is needed to achieve them typically provides for a challenging work experience. AARP encourage staff to challenge themselves and be innovative in the work they do.

Job Security

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.

Internal Communication

Very good within departments and goal setting to align work with company goal, but sometimes you have to wait for all staff functions to find out what other departments are doing.

Gender Equality

Another strong positive for AARP.

Freedom to work independently

Tools and training are provided to allow staff to work in a less supervised atmosphere.


Handicapped Accessibility

Very flat organizational structure with little to no advancement opportunities.

4.0
Recommended
EmployeeWorked at AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) in Stuart, FL at the time of review.

What I like

pension, work/life balance, new gym and cafeteria

What I dislike

no room for growth, zero ability to work from home, benefits are tiered and you subsidize for lower paid employees.

Suggestions for improvement

create career paths for top performers


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I work in the volunteer department, it's very rewarding.

4.8
Recommended
Former EmployeeWorked at American association of retired persons in Washington, D.C..

What I like

Helps and finds resources for the elderly

What I dislike

Nothing, great company that supports the elderly retired persons

Suggestions for improvement

I am satisfied with the way my company has been a stablished and runs the benefits for the retired Parsons and elderly also for the employees


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This is a great organization to work for. There's room to grow, benefits are excellent, and overall culture is pleasant.

4.4
Recommended
EmployeeWorked at AARP in Washington at the time of review.

What I like

Most of the employees in the organization are a great fit within the culture and are great to work with. The push for personal growth from management, colleagues, etc. is very strong and employees are provided with multiple different methods to achieve growth. Seminars, on-site and off-site classes, tuition assistance, etc. The organization is very inclusive and does its best to get everyone involved in some type of team building or networking activity. After years of working here, it is not a place I see myself leaving any time soon. It is definitely an organization that a person could work at for decades and be happy at.

What I dislike

There are some management personnel that are less flexible than others, despite the organization promoting a healthy work-life balance and flexibility when needed. It can create some tension and stress in different departments. There are also an abundance of meetings that I personally feel are not always necessary, especially with the amount of time they take. It takes away from work that needs to be completed.

Suggestions for improvement

I would implement more flexibility across all departments without employees feeling any type of disapproval or tension from management.

Company Culture

For the most part, culture is a very important aspect of the organization and leadership strives to hire individuals that meet the organizational culture.

Work-Life Balance

The company itself promotes work-life balance, but not all management promotes this.


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Most hostile work environment ever.

1.3
Not recommended
Former EmployeeWorked in PR/communication at AARP in Washington.

What I dislike

Sexual harassment. Lack of support from management. Did I mention the sexual harassment? I know there is a local employment law firm that had an attorney whose entire job was AARP sexual harassment claims.

Company Culture

Extremely political. Sexual harassment is a core value - tolerated at all levels.
Lack of focused management and long-term employees who have burrowed into the political structure are kept even though they do little-to-no work of value to the organization.

Company Image

People outside AARP think it is outdated and out of touch. They are not wrong.

Work-Life Balance

It's a 9-5 day but you stress about what someone thinks you didn't do even when you're not there.

Environmental Friendliness

I went two whole weeks without talking to another living soul except at meetings.

Teamwork

Every man and woman for themselves.

Attitude towards older colleagues

Ironically, their view of older colleagues isn't any different than any other company.

Support from management

Zero - especially if you're a woman.

Job Security

If you're there, you're never secure. Never think you are.

Freedom to work independently

Micromanagement is a company core value.


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Overall it was a relatively good workplace with good environment and good employers.

3.2
Recommended
Former EmployeeWorked at aarp in Pittsfield, MA.

What I like

The positive experiences I remember the best were my coworkers, they were always so nice and they treated me very well. We had a lot of fun together at work and we attended parties, clubs, and bars outside of work. Several of my coworkers are now my best

What I dislike

I disapproved of the employers and most of the people above me in the hierarchy at my place of employment. They were quite snobbish and they seemed to find it pleasing to talk down on us. But I think that they could work around this by hiring people who t

Suggestions for improvement

I would make sure that the employers are well-mannered people who care about their employees and treat them well. I would also continue to make sure that the work environment is safe and healthy/happy because I believe that's one of the main reasons why I

Company Culture

I felt very comfortable around my teammates and they were all friendly and we had a good time.

Work-Life Balance

They did make some pretty crazy shifts for us thugh, so they did not do well on this.,

Teamwork

They did great on this, they encouraged me to open up to my coworkers!

Challenging Work

It wasn't very challenging, just filing away stuff and minor office job type stuff.

Internal Communication

They communicated well, they tried their best atleast.

Freedom to work independently

They do not monitor that much, so employees do have a chance to work independently.


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