AOL Reviews

Updated July 20, 2015
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AOL Chairman and CEO Tim Armstrong
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Pros
  • Very good work life balance in genera (in 86 reviews)

  • Or if you want to work from home (in 22 reviews)

Cons
  • Major shifts in vision and senior management (in 27 reviews)

  • The department you work in determines what kind of work life balance you will have (in 11 reviews)

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  1. It's just okay

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at AOL full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people and okay pay

    Cons

    There are a lot of old timers here who have learned how to survive but are not adding value

    Advice to Management

    take a true assessment of the talent that you have brought in


  2. Talks good game, no direction

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AOL

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent benefits and bonuses, good on providing right technology.

    Cons

    No clear direction resulting in layoffs. Spending money on useless things.

    Advice to Management

    Stop wasting money on garbage.


  3. AOL Has Poor Leadership

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Ashburn, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Ashburn, VA

    I have been working at AOL full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    AOL has a great culture amongst colleagues and peers. I've made some great friends there.

    Cons

    The leadership is very close-minded and expects conformity and obedience.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Always Playing Catch Up

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AOL full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Leadership opportunities for young employees

    Cons

    Lack of Strategy, Executive Management with minimal experience, Objective pivots weekly


  6. helpdesk

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    Current Employee - Helpdesk
    Current Employee - Helpdesk

    I have been working at AOL full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    easy to work . nice environment

    Cons

    cheap . pay penny to employee


  7. Helpful (1)

    Managers are snakes

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AOL

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent spot for entry level job. Pay is around average for most roles. Some cool people to get to know.

    Cons

    - Managers are out to make themselves rise up the ranks, rather than for the good of the lower level employees they lead. Not a place to stay long term without connections. - Certain teams will never see the work/life balance that is so heavily pushed as a benefit of working here.

    Advice to Management

    Treat lower level employees as potential future talent and invest in them. Words do not equal action when it comes to the so-called "work hard, play hard" culture we pride our company on being - this is still a pipe dream to many of the hardest workers here.


  8. We had a great leadership team and great people for the most part. It was a fun place to work.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AOL

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great leadership training and support. Many opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    Some issues in consistency with regards to accountablity. Some team managers did not hold people accountable therefore making it harder for those who followed the rules when it came time for team shift changes.

    Advice to Management

    Too much outsourcing killed my desire to outperform others. It started with the tech deparment. Then it happened to each department I transferred to within a few years of readjusting my skill sets.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Good benefits come at the price of constant layoffs

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager

    I have been working at AOL

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great perks, pretty good work-life balance, flexible and casual, wants to be "fun"

    Cons

    Constant fear of layoffs makes everyone paranoid. It is hard to trust the company or the people you work with. Office politics and personal feelings dictate important decisions.

    Advice to Management

    When employees raise issues and concerns about the leadership, don't ignore them.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Fractured, Complacent, Operational Nightmare

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at AOL as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Free soda. Good Benefits. Lots of stickers. You can see celebrities in the elevator. East to coast if you want to clock it in.

    Cons

    - Leadership is divorced from the product - CEO lives in a bubble of rich white men - Bully culture where talent is less important than politics - Has no idea who they are anymore or who they want to be, they talk a great game about disruption but can't break their own mold. - Total lack of awareness for the meidum - Bloated staffing you have no idea what 1/2 the people are there doing.

    Advice to Management

    Focus. Stop trying to be everything and build the longer living audience of people under 50. Recognize that you don't know brand and hire people who do. Divest the bad properties. Be one company not multiple competitive companies.


  11. Helpful (1)

    A disaster; hope it's improved

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AOL

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, some good people.

    Cons

    Terrible management, no direction, no chance for advancement, much of the workforce was substandard even in critical areas.



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