AOL Reviews

Updated January 24, 2015
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  1. AOL cares about its employees and it shows in perks and retention.

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    Former Intern - Sales and Advertising in Beverly Hills, CA
    Former Intern - Sales and Advertising in Beverly Hills, CA

    I worked at AOL as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    Aol has all of the perks of the big tech companies and maintains a small family feel. Some examples include yoga, happy hours, volunteering, catered lunches, paid internship, etc.

    Cons

    The advertising product can be somewhat mundane, but as Aol continues to innovate and strategically acquire, I imagine the day-to-day will become more interesting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time off could be increased.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Think twice before accepting the AOL.com Editorial Fellowship -- Beverly Hills office

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    Former Employee - Editorial & Programming Fellow in Beverly Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Editorial & Programming Fellow in Beverly Hills, CA

    I worked at AOL full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The Beverly Hills office is a nice hodgepodge of various AOL functions (including Huffington Post) and you'll work with some of the loveliest people from AOL On (video) to the sales team. If you're a social person, you'll find it easy to make friends & learn a little about what each department contributes to Team AOL.

    Cons

    AOL.com editorial team mismanaged with the managing editor playing favorites to the team's detriment. You'll work hard while chronic under performers (and slackers) are allowed to slide because they have a prior work history and a friendship with the managing editor.

    Homepage output and team morale affected in this working environment.

    Contributions of AOL.com fellow (glorified intern)--taking on extra projects, staying late & working hard won't be rewarded or even recognized. Upper management in constant flux so what you're promised at the start, you probably won't get. Lastly, almost all editorial decisions are dictated by sales goals which doesn't lend itself to a great user experience for the 50+ crowd (the base audience).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management on the opposite coast: Pay more attention to what's happening on the editorial teams in the LA/BH office. Hold managers accountable for the disruption of their team for the benefit of their friends so faulty management skills don't fall on the fellows who are contributing fully, but being paid a fraction of price allotted for good talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Everything went well until they sold the group I was working for.

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Beverly Hills, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Beverly Hills, CA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, excellent office environment.

    Cons

    When they were selling the group they kept us in the dark, we had no idea what was happening with our jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    A family friendly company that is a perfect balance for my lifestage at this moment."

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    Current Employee - Director in Beverly Hills, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Beverly Hills, CA

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

    Pros

    Family friendly, general pervasiveness of work-life balance attitude, collaborative & optimistic culture (within the Beverly Hills office), dog friendly (within the Beverly Hills office), VP level executives appear approachable and collaborative, awesome original/premium written & video content for a digital/tech company, pioneer of programmatic revolution.

    Cons

    Brands (aka, Huffington Post, Patch) work very separately from corporate AOL including with product management/business operations/most important decisions, sellers rely on specialists too much which makes every sale very expensive and keeps sellers' knowledge relatively poor of company's products, consumer experiences are not reaching scale successfully, mobile consumer experiences are not invested in enough, decision making is vague and ambiguous, direction of AOL corporate is not clear, horrible external corporate branding is not getting fixed so consumer perception of AOL brand is still poor, politics with industry personality corporate leaders, talent/skill varies widely (not an exceptional standard throughout the company)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I get the big bets on programmatic. But we also need to make some bets on consumer experience with some refreshed talent on a corporate level (bigger level than just within a brand). Maybe some acquisitions in our near future? Also, product need some time to breathe and cultivate with resources dedicated to them if they were allowed to initiate. We'll never create anything good if we don't allow it to grow.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Roll of the Dice

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beverly Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beverly Hills, CA

    I worked at AOL full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good paying, swank office (Beverly Hills), fun place, covered underground parking, clean restrooms, top of the line equipment, free food, free BEER (yes, you read that right) and free bicycles to ride around the neighborhood on for lunch or dinner

    Cons

    So the all of the above sounds great, right? Well, trouble in paradise hits when you have constant lack of job security! AOL is kind of a dysfunctional company, constantly trying to re-invent itself. Currently it's under the dominion of Arianna Huffington, who, on a whim, decided she didn't need my branch of the AOL government anymore! And it doesn't help when your left kind of directionless, which is due to poor communication from management. Although the flip-side to that coin might be ok if you don't like someone hovering over your shoulder all the time...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to people underneath you more often and it won't be so awkward when you check in on them every three weeks!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. The best internship I've ever had with the best co-workers I've ever had

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    Current Intern - Sales & Advertising Intern in Beverly Hills, CA
    Current Intern - Sales & Advertising Intern in Beverly Hills, CA

    I have been working at AOL as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great co-workers, encouraging learning environment, great benefits

    Cons

    The only con was that interns didn't get benefits, but then again interns don't receive health benefits anywhere else! AOL pays their interns, very well too, while many companies don't pay their interns at all

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Still so much potential..

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    Former Employee - Technical Manager in Beverly Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Manager in Beverly Hills, CA

    I worked at AOL

    Pros

    People were fantastic, challenging problems, plenty of room for positive influences to thrive. The company had a great campus, flexible work hours, and lots of perks.

    Cons

    Slow product cycle, waterfall methodology to development, not up to speed with more recent technologies. Upper management sits miles and miles away, and is disjointed from their employeees and from the products being developed. The company is in need of dropping their fleeting assets and get the talent they still have working in-house to start building world-class products again. Yet another problem: many of the brilliant talent they had working have left the company years ago, and they struggle to compete with getting top-tier talent in more recent years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let the engineers, engineeer again.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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