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AOL Reviews

Updated Jul 18, 2014
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3.3 607 reviews

65% Approve of the CEO

AOL Chairman and CEO Tim Armstrong

Tim Armstrong

(332 ratings)

55% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • flexible work/life balance (although hours can be long)(in 82 reviews)

  • Or if you want to work from home(in 21 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management talks the talk, but doesn't walk the walk(in 27 reviews)

  • The department you work in determines what kind of work life balance you will have(in 10 reviews)

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    Great place to work, but don't get comfortable

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosbenefits, travel opportunities, lots of training available, my fellow employees were almost all intelligent, well-educated and helpful.

    ConsManagement seems to have a real problem sticking with projects and tend to cancel them on a moment's notice. Don't get comfortable in your position. Layoffs are constant.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDecide what the company wants to do and stick with it. Maybe get evaluated for ADD.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Kinda all over the place

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe people. Free lunch once per week, some okay snack options and a really nice office space.

    ConsTurn over, downsizing and constant reorg.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    good training ground for media

    Senior Manager Business Development (Former Employee) New York, NY

    Proslage organization with lots of resources and opportunity to learn across parts of media, tech, sales etc.

    Conslarge and inert in many ways

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It was a great experience.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsIt was a great working environment and the salary was not bad as well.

    ConsLack of support from management and continuity in the support of the recommended programs for the employees. Lack of longevity in wellness programs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWellness programs, anti- stress and team building programs.

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    Fast paced, and very high stress.

    Sales Manager (Former Employee) Tucson, AZ

    ProsGreat growth opportunity (at the time)

    ConsStress, always chasing a number, too much micromanagement

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf I could give them advice (business closed) I would tell them to not be so secretive and to stop micro managing so much.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Local Editor (Former Employee) Minneapolis, MN

    ProsWork from home, company equipment, annual bonus.

    ConsPoor leadership (Tim Armstrong in particular), unclear mission, ineffective brand marketing, too many cooks in the kitchen (none all that great).

    Advice to Senior ManagementCut away a few layers of management and let the soldiers fight. Most of the time you're out of the loop or reacting to a situation that either blew over or resolved itself weeks or months ago. Fire Tim Armstrong.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Mixed bag

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat people, great ideas, good pay and benefits. A culture that is trying too hard to be fun but at least they are trying.

    ConsGreat people and great ideas are followed up with poor execution.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet something done. Focus. Stop the ever-changing mantras and the constant hiring of expensive executives who accomplish nothing worthwhile and...just...get...something...done.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    AOL

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood place to work, great culture

    Constoo much politics, not much career advancement

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    An average company with new growing pains

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsBenefits are pretty good and good potential for the company to grow and succeed if management executes properly

    ConsThe department you work in determines what kind of work life balance you will have

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Layoffs :(

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsA great place for a young professional to break into the tech industry.

    You have a large amount of autonomy over your work and can creatively find a way to get to a solution.

    Flexible hours and vacation time that you're encouraged to use.

    ConsThere is always a threat of layoffs.... ALWAYS. On a quarterly basis it seems.

    Priorities are always changing. AOL needs to stick to a direction and commit fully to it.

    Too many legacy systems/servers.

    Not enough money put into tech teams.

    Not enough transparency, especially around layoffs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMorale is shockingly low due to layoffs, unless you want a brain drain, be transparent about why they are happening and minimize them.

    Pick a priority and stick to it. All of these name changes and new priorities are tiring.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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