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Updated Jul 6, 2014
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AOL Chairman and CEO Tim Armstrong

Tim Armstrong

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55% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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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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    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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    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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    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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    Good benefits. Too many layoffs

    Director (Former Employee)
    Sterling, VA

    ProsMost employees are great to work with. The goal of the CEO is a good one.

    ConsSenior management talks the talk, but doesn't walk the walk. Execution on CEO's goals is very sloppy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWalk the walk. Layoffs have made all teams skittish. Need to tear off the bandaid and get to work on rebuilding a reasonable culture.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good company and culture. But lots of changes causing layoffs

    Systems Administrator (Former Employee)
    Dulles, VA

    ProsAOL offers good benefits. The general culture is easy going and family oriented. A lot of great talented people working there. During the early years the company was top notch providing employees with lots of training and opportunities to grow. Not so much now.

    ConsCompany is trying to turn around causing lots of restructuring and layoffs. For the last 2 years there seems to be layoffs every 6 months. That is causing a lot of good talent to jump ship. It doesn't have anything to do with miss management but just a res structure of business.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe opened and honest to employees about the future of the different departments and company over all.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Constant Downsizings got tiring

    Senior Project Manager (Former Employee)
    Dulles, VA

    ProsVacation policy and most bosses allow for flexible hours and working from home. Good compensation and benefits. In the business of helping people.

    ConsConstant threat of downsizings, now occurring quarterly. State they are transparent but are not. Cliques.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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