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Good place to work, little opportunity for advancement
PROGRAM ASSISTANT (Current Employee) –  Washington, DCJanuary 25, 2019
Good place to work, little opportunity for advancement. Great place to make connections and be exposed to incredible work. Management isn't consistent and company culture varies depending on your program.
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Communicates with senior executives to develop short and long-range plans for effective program implementation
Executive Assistant (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCNovember 10, 2018
Communicates with senior executives to develop short and long-range plans for effective program implementation. Uses measurement and evaluation tools, statistical analysis to develop or enhance operational effectiveness and services to achieve Forum goals. Provides administrative services for human resources, logistics, budget and financial management and creates a positive working relationship and shared vision for stakeholders.
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Fun Place to work in the summer
Events and Logistics Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Aspen, COOctober 11, 2018
I worked here in the summers during my college career and had an absolute blast. My supervisors were amazing. Every day that I went to work didn't feel like I was going to work.
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Productive Fun work Environment
Cyber Security Intern (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCJuly 17, 2018
I really enjoyed the atmosphere and the mission of the company. A typical day at work consists of the decent workload with enjoyable staff. The team I worked with made work a fun place to be.
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Influential org, uninspiring leadership, fun place to work
Program Associate (Former Employee) –  Aspen, COJuly 16, 2018
Access to resources and interesting people abound. Benefits are good for a non-profit and the organization's reputation brings in some great opportunities to network/be exposed to new people and things. Many employees are promoted for time served and not merit or earning promotions. There is a decent amount of hostility between departments that is off putting.
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Free lunches, benefits
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Great place to work, tough to advance
Communications Associate (Current Employee) –  Washington, DCMarch 26, 2018
My experience at the Institute has been an overwhelmingly positive one. The culture is somewhat different from team to team, with each program varying in it's size, work-life balance, etc. Some teams, for example, tend to stay later than others. Others have more or less oversight. Depending on the team's size and budget, can be tough to advance in this place. Great benefits and pay though, which can make up for that.
Pros
Free lunches often, lots of cool events, great benefits (healthcare especially), cool work environment with flexible work spaces, flexible hours for the most part
Cons
Short lunch breaks, tough work-life balance (depending on the program/team), lots of bureaucratic oversight
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Good Culture
Graduate Fellow (Current Employee) –  Washington City, DCFebruary 3, 2018
Aspen has a good work-life balance, a lot of really passionate and mart employees, and a number of interesting programs. As with other think tanks, compensation is fairly low given the talent.
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Productive and interesting place to work
Office Coordinator/Meetings Specialist (Former Employee) –  Washington City, DCMay 3, 2017
Steady amounts of work and plenty of opportunity for learning other job skills and advancement. Interesting work and interesting people to work with and associate with.
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exciting place to work, never a dull day
Cons
commute
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Great Experience
Office Clerk (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCJanuary 10, 2016
Great environment, tons of smiling people who love to come to work each day. Unfortunately it was a temporary summer internship, leaving me sad to leave.
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Very productive and groundbreaking in job in global development
Senior Program Officer, Trade and Decent Work (Former Employee) –  New York, NYSeptember 24, 2014
Realizing Rights provided the chance to improve the lives of the disenfranchised populations of countries we worked in while bringing their plights to the international stage such as the UN, ILO and WHO, while speaking truth to powere
Pros
Allowed employees to be innovative and addressing social, cultural and political issues affecting our beneficiaries
Cons
President Mary Robinson retired and the initiative was a time bound and had to close
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Great, professional team in Communications & Society program
Special Assistant (Current Employee) –  Washington, DCNovember 11, 2013
A great team, thinking about tech's most exciting policy issues.
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Excellent Company
B-Manager/HR Generalist/HR Manager/HR Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCSeptember 26, 2012
The Aspen Institute provided me with a great knowledge in Benefits and opportunties for upper mobility. Excellent round-table discussion on World interest.
Pros
excellent pay, benefits and environment
Cons
changes in management
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Productive and fun workplace with a television and kitchen
Office Services Manager (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCAugust 22, 2012
A typical day at work is dealing with customers and providing them with exceptional customer service.

I've learned how to Increase productivity of existing staff through team development opportunities, which resulted in lowering the cost of new employees by minimizing turnover and organize, conceptualize and executing a project, along with leading teams.

I proactively managed 5-member team, with accountability for creating job descriptions, recruiting and hiring, training, performing annual performance reviews, conducting weekly employee meetings and diplomatically implementing disciplinary actions.

The hardest part of the job was budgeting but once I got a good understanding of it works it was fine.

The most enjoyable part of the job was just coming to work everyday and positve atmosphere of the office.
Pros
free traveling to aspen
Cons
healthcare was expensive
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Productive and a wonderful place to grow
Executive Administrative Assistant/Office Manager (Former Employee) –  New York, NYApril 16, 2012
Worked with senior team on different issues, ie: racism, youth development, housing etc. I learned how to work with a lot of different people from different backrounds. Working with management was a wonderful experience because there were several in different offices and different states. I enjoyed working with everyone at the Aspen Institute. A great class of caring people. The hardest part of the job was the end of the day and the most enjoyable part of the job was coming in to work and working on very important projects that made a difference.
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free lunches, given extra time off when earned, bonuses
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