AOL
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Updated Jun 19, 2014
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3.3 601 reviews

                             

65% Approve of the CEO

AOL Chairman and CEO Tim Armstrong

Tim Armstrong

(329 ratings)

55% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Good experience at a company that's rebooting itself

    Software Engineer (Former Employee)

    ProsAOL still has good people with years of expertise, and they are reshaping to work on new technologies that are more fun.

    ConsPerception of the company is still a bit poor, and it's a little weird when people ask if AOL is 'still around'. Internal infrastructure seems to be a bit outdated as well but that's improving. It's not a sure thing that they'll still be around in 5 years, so it's not the safest place to 'build a career'.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Amazing Worklife Balance - Low Change of Progression

    Senior Accountant (Current Employee)
    Dulles, VA

    ProsAOL is a great place to work if you have a family or want to be able to have a life outside of work. Everyone is very casual, there is no dress code and the hours are generally very good. Management has a focus on employee happiness and everyone is very understanding of priorities and responsibilities outside of the workplace.

    ConsThere are a lot of lay-offs at the company due to Management's strategy to continuously cut costs. There isn't much room for upward mobility because of the cost savings strategy and there is limited company growth. Many talented people leave because they will only be promoted if the boss leaves or dies, which rarely happens.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A fast paced, fun, entrepreneurial atmosphere.

    Marketing Manager (Former Employee)
    Dulles, VA

    ProsAccomplishments are recognized, upward mobility encouraged.

    ConsLonger hours, a little of the pesky company politics.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    good place to get started in media and technology

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsFun parties at the end of the year

    Consmanagement changes strategy and corporate structure every 6 months

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat the dulles team better

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat editors to work for

    ConsRequired everyone to work in New York

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    Good company with a great pool of talents

    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsInterview process was rigorous. The company still has a lot of legacy from the old internet days - like the engineering assets and different types of internal seminars and learning opportunities etc.

    ConsSeat change every 3 months in NYC headquarter - everyone except Tim Armstrong and some sales people on the 6th floor gets their seats shuffled every 3 months. And my desk was from a cubicle downgraded all the way to a huge thin strip desk in a "Grand Central" style news room. So called "start-up" style -but really was just another cost cutting tactics and the result of fast hiring spree.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't do hiring spree in one business unit this year and cut off the entire line of business in another. Tim Armstrong's focus has been changing since he took off the office. And $1B patent sale was probably a poor way to boost stock price in a short term.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good and getting better!

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Dulles, VA

    ProsCompany has begun to settle into a solid stride since breakaway from Time Warner. It's been a reinvention that many doubted, but it's working. Some managers are certainly better than others but overall the direction is communicated well from the top down. Compensation is average.

    ConsStigma of rolling layoffs still exists (as do the layoffs). AOL has gotten very good at keeping them small and quiet, sometimes implementing several "impacts" throughout the year. There are also many jobs filled as "one-in-one-out" as a way of upgrading talent. That said, if you do your job and meet/exceed expectations, opportunities exist.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIncrease the perception of loyalty by communicating the reasons that workforce is adjusted rather than doing it in the dark of night.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Always interesting, mostly good

    Account Director (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsSmart, friendly colleagues. Generally positive energy. Good earning opportunities. Good overall workplace environment.

    ConsSometimes the energy and urgency to 'invent the future' or 'beat the internet' results in some zig zagging of strategy or execution of the strategy. Can also trigger waves of turnover in key roles.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not like the AOL we all know

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsAOL is one of the first tech companies, but still manages to stay current - smart acquisitions, releasing better technology and products, positive and fun workplace environment.

    ConsAs with any large corporation, positions are very specialized with less room to grow. Red tape, negative/unfavorable public image from AOL's dial-up service (working on this)

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhen there are meetings asking for feedback from employees, act on the feedback and let it be known that you have heard them.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great people, scattered strategy

    Program Manager (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsAOL grants its employees access to an invaluable number of resources--from both a culture standpoint as well as professionally. Additionally, it values its people that the company took great care in hiring the best of the best. I found I worked amongst the best and brightest.

    ConsAt times, things felt so volatile that I never knew what I was walking into in the morning--whether it was another acquisition, an org change, layoffs or an exciting new product. It was really unpredictable but that was also a great way to learn and adapt.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMeasure twice, cut once.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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