AOL
3.3 of 5 601 reviews
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Updated Jul 7, 2014
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3.3 601 reviews

                             

65% Approve of the CEO

AOL Chairman and CEO Tim Armstrong

Tim Armstrong

(329 ratings)

55% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "flexible work/life balance (although hours can be long)"
    in 82 reviews
  • "good pay, good work environment, learning experience"
    in 44 reviews
Cons:
  • "Senior management talks the talk, but doesn't walk the walk"
    in 27 reviews
  • "The department you work in determines what kind of work life balance you will have"
    in 10 reviews
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    Awesome company to work in

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood Salary, Great benefits and awesome work-life balance

    ConsTeams too small to support all the projects

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Satisfied

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Pros-Good work life balance
    -Flexibility (able to WFH when needed)
    -Fun, energetic atmosphere and colleagues
    -Constant change

    Cons-have to find and conquer challenges in order to stand out
    -many hoops to jump through to get anything done
    -management not always transparent about upcoming changes

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't spring layoffs on employees.
    Find fewer more manageable goals and execute change flawlessly (vs many overly lofty goals that end up getting postponed, or not given the attention needed)

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm 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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    Disappointment

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosgreat benefits if you actually get enough freedom to take advantage of them

    ConsEveryone is fearful of lay-offs so it creates a negative, competitive environment. Leadership claims they are open to change and new ideas but they prefer you not voice them. Annual reviews are made up of management sitting around talking trash about the staff that they have never bothered to get to know. They are under-staffed so everyone works like a dog and fears repercussion if they don't. They hire lots of people then fire them every quarter so it appears that the company is profitable. The CEO is a maniacal egotist who surrounds himself with "yes men." The politics in the organization are ethically questionable.
     They are seeking drones, not intellectuals

    Advice to Senior Managementtry an exit interview, might help improve the company

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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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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    In spite of its abundant problems, it was an interesting place to work.

    Senior Product Manager (Former Employee)
    Palo Alto, CA

    ProsI worked at AOL's Palo Alto office from 2010 to 2013 and found it to be a place where interesting people were working on innovative things in a flexible and mostly supportive environment. The team there shipped a series of decent consumer web/mobile products, which was good to see. It's an advertising/media company, but also manages to do some product development at the edges.

    ConsInternal corporate politics and a murky overall strategy made it difficult for any particular effort to succeed. The strategy would shift regularly; good products would get as far as release and then would be unceremoniously dropped. And there was a constant, rolling reorg. In this environment, an employee's success would mostly be a political question since no particular product or team would remain intact long enough to be evaluated on its merits; the executive team was in a constant state of turnover. This was particularly hard for teams working outside of New York.

    Advice to Senior ManagementClarity and stability of strategy and more focus on the kind of technology that's winning in the market(not just advertising tech, but tech for consumer products) would help boost the company's attractiveness to the type of people who make a difference at today's tech companies. As of now the company feels like a combination of a miracle of financial engineering and a second-tier web advertising network, while pretending (with some success) to be a leading media and consumer internet brand.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Always worried about layoffs

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Dulles, VA

    Pros-learned a lot
    -coworkers are great
    -casual work environment
    -flexible work/life balance (although hours can be long)

    Cons-always worried about layoffs
    -management very short-term profit focused vs long term growth
    -struggling to redefine itself
    -no room for growth, especially in Virginia

    Advice to Senior ManagementExecutive turnover is too high. Need executives who motivate employees to innovate and get back on top of the Internet.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Pretentious, washed up and over-valued.

    Product Manager (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsCompetitive salary, flexible schedule. No one cares when you get in or leave. Or if you want to work from home. In most situations, managers do not even count your vacation days, I had co-workers sneaking in an extra week or two, then rolling over the rest. Aslo, some people seem to play ping pong all day.

    ConsThe company is really full of it's self. They think that they are doing something special and innovative, like Google, but they are not. The goal of the company is just to keep the stock price up at any expense. They have made peculiar budgeting suggestions, like firing loads of people, and them buying new expensive furnatre for the lounge.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNo advice to management. If it is there goal to exploite their workers for better bottom line and bonuses, then they are already doinga great job. No one is going to care what this girl thinks.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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