AOL Reviews

Updated July 26, 2015
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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. wonderful, fun, energetic

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

    I worked at AOL full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    friendly staff, a lot of perks, great work environment, a lot of support from fellow employees

    Cons

    stress when nearing a deadline, otherwise there aren't really any complaints

    Advice to Management

    I would offer more room to grow and perhaps more casual meetings about upcoming projects.


  2. Wonderful place to work but managment needs to stop celebrating on the ten yard line.

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at AOL (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Great comp, relaxed workplace environment,, friendly and caring co-workers, and great training/education for employees on products and industry trends. I truly care about the folks I work with and I would gladly work overtime to make sure the job gets down because I feel I have a meaningful impact on the company and my clients.

    Cons

    We tend to celebrate on the ten yard line especially with regarding products. When we build our own products instead of via M&E, the products are too late to the market and lack feature sets that would truly make them industry leaders. In short, we are always tending to play catch up in the marketplace.

    Advice to Management

    It seems recently you are trying to do too much with too little and then over-selling what we can actually do. Please ask what we can do you keep you happy and with Aol instead of being interested in what keeps shareholders and management happy. Recently we have lost too many good people because they are not asking us what they can do to help with career paths.


  3. So close to success...

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    Current Employee - Account Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Director in New York, NY

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

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to grow professionally. Great co-workers.

    Cons

    Constant change, lack of clarity on roles and responsibilities.

    Advice to Management

    Head out of the clouds; get out on the street.


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  5. Great Place

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AOL full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    AOL continues to be a great place to work for. Diversified areas including advertising, paid services, mail. Great benefits, great CEO.

    Cons

    Changing priorities. Some lack of direction at times. Online technical education is not that great.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees. Some of the employees have great ideas but are never taken seriously.


  6. Good place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AOL full-time

    Pros

    Lots of potential with new verizon deal

    Cons

    Not a lot of mobility in regional offices


  7. Senior Editor

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Senior Editor in New York, NY
    Former Contractor - Senior Editor in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, great training and exposure to digital best practices

    Cons

    constantly changing overall vision of company


  8. Custom Solutions

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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

    Great culture, great people, great products, and great benefits.

    Cons

    constant change, but isn't that the case everywhere in the digital world.


  9. Good place to work

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    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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  10. Principal Software Engineer

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    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.


  11. 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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