AOL Reviews

Updated June 23, 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. Good place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Baltimore, MD

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good culture
    Good people
    Good environment.
    Ok benefits and compensation

    Cons

    Too much manual work.
    Unnecessary work, just to please the bosses.
    Focus on day to day rather than long term strategic goals.
    Lacked a vision.

    Advice to Management

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  2. Principal Software Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Dulles, VA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Really enjoyed the people with whom I worked and have stayed in contact with them as friends. We had great teams and collaboration between functional groups like engineering, design, QA, marketing, etc. A wide collection of projects are available across the company to support the varied corporate entities and products.

    Cons

    Upper management has been a revolving door leading to concerns about corporate stability and direction. This likely will be at least partially mitigated by its acquisition by Verizon. Unclear what the fallout will be to this merging of companies and its online content properties.

    Advice to Management

    I'm sure this comes as no surprise but look for ways to stem the management churn and inspire greater confidence in the company.


  3. great employer, great pay

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Member Services Representative in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Contractor - Member Services Representative in Jacksonville, FL

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

    Pros

    great pay, great benefits, fun environment

    Cons

    pressure to retain members and upsell products not needed by the consumer

    Advice to Management

    take time to focus on employees


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    Principal Software Developer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AOL

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There are lots of fun, smart folks who work and play hard. They are very flexible about remote workers and working from home as needed.

    Cons

    Management could focus more on development of employees. Options are definitely available, but as an employee you need to push for them yourself.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Associate Account Manager

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AOL full-time

    Pros

    AOL is a great, fun, young, relaxed, forward thinking digital company. It has the feel of a start up with larger financial backing.

    Cons

    The AOL company was just acquired by Verizon so there are a lot changes that are happening with the company or direction that Verizon will take AOL.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Creative Project Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at AOL full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Paid time off is good. Benefits are good.

    Cons

    Contastly shifting positions and bosses.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Flexiible and fast-paced

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA

    I have been working at AOL full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work/life balance and fast-paced work environment.

    Cons

    There are no glaring cons so far.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Year long stint copywriting at aol

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AOL

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Really great atmosphere. Lots of young people, growth, beautiful office. Massage chairs!

    Cons

    Huff po reorganized entire office to 'more productive' open space but seems like just a cheap way to cram more people in one space. Not sure about the longevity of the company. Depends on the outcome of Armstrong's multi million dollar blog spending spree


  10. Helpful (1)

    Marketing Intern

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AOL

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You learn a lo about being a leader. You have AOL build series on leaderships, with a lot of different celebrities. They have training sessions. Great corporate culture, so bright and every is so happy.

    Cons

    My work wasn't really hands on, very repetitive. Wish I could of been more welcomed into meetings and that my opinions were heard.

    Advice to Management

    It would of been nice to meet with other c-suite executives. Met with the CEO, but it would of been helpful to meet with the CMO, CFO, etc. to get a better vision of what they did to be in this position and advice that they had.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Data Center Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA

    I have been working at AOL

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work life balance, with some good perks

    Cons

    Difficult to advance, education reimbursement is difficult to take advantage



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