AOL Reviews

Updated April 26, 2015
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  1. AOL Slow To Catch Up To Technology

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    Current Employee - Network Operations Center Analyst in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Network Operations Center Analyst in Dulles, VA

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

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

    Pros

    I've enjoyed working at AOL thus far.. The people are great and mostly enjoy working and interacting with everyone, convenience and flexibility of hours and family life is fantastic (especially as a single mother). Telecommuting availability is a nice added feature to have and the casual atmosphere/college life is still there.

    Cons

    The work/life balance is limited because you're always busy no matter what time of the year it is. Escalating issues to other areas is slim due to lack of support can be quite frustrating and difficult. Such a high turn-over rate that who knows who is working in which department any longer. AOL has been VERY slow in keeping up with the latest technology trends and is failing in their current systems and applications it becomes frustrating to its employees who work and support these along with its end users and clientele.

    Good luck moving around in the company, especially if you're already stretched thin in your current department. If you have the lack of resources where you're at.. the chances of you moving into another department will rarely happen. Raises come and go.. but are very minimal considering the amount of work you do. Of course we are over-worked and underpaid as most companies are.. but this is by far the worst I've seen it as a global company supporting internationally and domestically.

    Advice to Management

    Allow movement within the company for your hard-working employees. Show that gratitude not just speaking volumes. Give those individuals an opportunity to grow and gain more knowledge and experience by allowing those time to train in other areas.

    Provide a solid work/life balance and allow more support for other areas of improvement in multiple departments throughout AOL.

  2. Accounting Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AOL

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good salary, team member were nice.

    Cons

    Good salary, team member were nice

  3. Aol

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AOL

    Pros

    Good learning experience , strong architects to work with from client side

    Cons

    Too many management changes within a short time , affect the mobility of planned works

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  5. Interesting place to work, people were intelligent, but very enamored with who they worked for.

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    Former Employee - Director in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Director in Dulles, VA

    I worked at AOL full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great work environment. They enable creativity. The salary is acceptable but could be better. I feel the people who work there really enjoy working for this organization.

    Cons

    The hours are high even for high tech companies. The people are very enamored with the company they work for and can be hard on new people joining the company if they question why things are done in a certain way. This may not be in all division, but in the 3 I worked for it was.

    Advice to Management

    Try and get back to what made you great many years ago. Also remember, employees have lives outside of their offices that need attention.

  6. Fellow

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Fellow in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Fellow in New York, NY

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    lots of perks, parties, corporate events
    working at a company with legacy in tech
    exposure to a lot of individuals, celebrities, and high ups

    Cons

    AOL/AIM stigma
    Takes forever to get full time offers
    high turnover
    unsophisticated communication style, not always the most professions

    Advice to Management

    Work on more transparent communcition

  7. All about politics

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Dulles, VA

    I have been working at AOL

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Work-life balance was solid, learned some good things.

    Cons

    Did not see growth opportunities, they all went to the pets of VP and up.

    Advice to Management

    Find people who make things more efficient and give them opportunities to grow. Stop promoting people who can't get anything done.

  8. Helpful (2)

    Great company, no sense of security, questionable future

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AOL

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, pays well, nice facilities, on-site gym & cafeterias, corporate culture of giving back & serving local communities.

    Cons

    Absolutely zero stability or employee loyalty. Layoffs are a way of life at AOL. AOL lays off their top talent, high performing employees in an instant.b/c their job function has been deemed no longer relevant, or in order to manipulate quarterly financial results for short term benefit.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company already; morale is at an all time low.

  9. Helpful (3)

    Great benefits but no faith in the leadership

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

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

    Pros

    - Great benefits and perks (gym discount, backup daycare and more)
    - Great location with tons of lunch options
    - Nice office and a lot of events with food and drinks

    Cons

    - Lost faith in the management, too many decisions that don't make any sense
    - The CEO keeps causing more and more scandals with rash statements and actions
    - Employees feel like they are a number on some chart, not people
    - Keep needing to worry about the next round of layoffs that is always right around the corner

    Advice to Management

    - Treat your employees better, know how to explain the upper management decisions.
    - Offer more professional training options.
    - Stop losing amazing workers because of politics and competition between teams

  10. People are amazing - company is in constant limbo.

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    Former Employee - Senior Director, Product Marketing in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Director, Product Marketing in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at AOL full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    People. Pay. Culture. People. People.

    Cons

    Disorganized. Under resourced. Lacks good direction.

  11. It's a wash

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    Former Employee - Director In Sales in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Director In Sales in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at AOL

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

    Pros

    They have one of the greatest stacks of products available in the market. Agencies and advertisers love them. Great pay and benefits.

    Cons

    It's too large and there's way too much bureaucracy and misogyny. They constantly re-org, especially in sales. You never feel secure in your job. Senior management can be clueless about what goes on on the ground. They just listen to their cronies and then anyone who disagrees is sent packing.

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