AOL
3.3 of 5 602 reviews
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Updated Jul 9, 2014
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3.3 602 reviews

                             

65% Approve of the CEO

AOL Chairman and CEO Tim Armstrong

Tim Armstrong

(330 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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    Great company to work for to learn about the Digital Marketing Industry.

    Marketing (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsThe company is a great place to learn a lot in a short amount of time. The pace is extremely fast and will help you advance in your career very quickly.

    ConsThe company is not a longterm career choice. It is constantly going through restructuring and eliminating roles which leads to a heavy turnover rate.

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    Fun company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood benefits, good pay, nice people

    ConsNone too terrible. I liked working here.

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    Internal Audit Manager (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsExciting fast-paced environment for a company that is continually evolving.

    ConsCost cutting focus is driving good people away.

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

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    Good experience at a company that's rebooting itself

    Software Engineer (Former Employee)

    ProsAOL still has good people with years of expertise, and they are reshaping to work on new technologies that are more fun.

    ConsPerception of the company is still a bit poor, and it's a little weird when people ask if AOL is 'still around'. Internal infrastructure seems to be a bit outdated as well but that's improving. It's not a sure thing that they'll still be around in 5 years, so it's not the safest place to 'build a career'.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Amazing Worklife Balance - Low Change of Progression

    Senior Accountant (Current Employee)
    Dulles, VA

    ProsAOL is a great place to work if you have a family or want to be able to have a life outside of work. Everyone is very casual, there is no dress code and the hours are generally very good. Management has a focus on employee happiness and everyone is very understanding of priorities and responsibilities outside of the workplace.

    ConsThere are a lot of lay-offs at the company due to Management's strategy to continuously cut costs. There isn't much room for upward mobility because of the cost savings strategy and there is limited company growth. Many talented people leave because they will only be promoted if the boss leaves or dies, which rarely happens.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Summer Internship

    Business Intern (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsGreat pay, great environment in the office, a lot of responsibilities given to interns

    ConsA lot of work but definitely worth it!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    No work life balance, bureaucratic policies

    Finance (Former Employee)

    ProsDecent benefits, free beverages, nice office space.

    ConsDespite being on the list of great work/life balance companies, many in my group find this hard to actually believe. I guess it depends on who your team ultimately reports to. Many in our team work late every night. There is no respect for family time. There's an urgency to each and every little thing. My manager was poorly trained and she treated her employees poorly including demeaning behavior and just plain unprofessional especially under stress. The monthly financial process is a nightmare with ten thousand people from all over the world involved in the process.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEnforce your work life balance reputation to every department. Some of us have families to care for after we leave work. Put together some streamlined processes. Make reporting more transparent. You are a public company, after all.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Started out great, but the constant staffing and cost cutting are demoralizing

    (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsGood team working on a turnaround with promising results
    Management takes big bets
    Exciting problems to work
    Energetic environment
    Finally got rid of Patch

    ConsConstant cost cutting is exhausting - recent 401k change is icing on the cake
    Constant headcount reductions - sometimes people just disappear
    Understaffed
    The people are not all top notch - some still need to be weeded out

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf talent is really important to the company then start acting like it. Stop letting Wall St dictate all of the numbers and actions. The stock price is only one measure of a company's success.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not Yet Ready For Millennials

    Lead Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    Dulles, VA

    Pros* Competitive pay
    * Fantastic culture
    * Most if not all of the newer, non-legacy teams are fun to work with

    ConsIf you are a younger developer, approach roles at AOL with caution. While there are certainly many teams at AOL that are surprisingly receptive to new ideas, there are still a number of legacy groups (esp. among the Dulles teams) that remain very hostile to change. It is not uncommon to find some young, startup-ready developer be humiliated in front of his team in retaliation for recommending a new process or tool that goes against the norm. These guys usually end up walking or being forced right out the door and we lose some solid talent that could have helped us turn the company around.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHave HR check in with your younger hires (esp. your legacy and Dulles hires) more frequently throughout their first year at AOL to ensure you don't lose them to volatile managers. If these younger folks are seeing resistance from their managers with regard to change in processes and tools, their frustration will be apparent and you can take the next steps.

    Additionally, keep a close watch on who is being kicked out of the door and really scrutinize these kids being placed on probationary measures. These can also and have been avenues of retaliation, and may actually indicate a need to move one of these guys to a better environment before they simply take another offer.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Exciting place to work with a lot of change, but constant restructuring events lead to poor employee morale.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsManagement is trying its best to turnaround the company and time will tell whether they are successful. All the change has made for a very dynamic and fast paced environment, which can be a pro or con depending on your personality. I liked the fast changing environment, but wish the company was growing faster in its more strategic areas so that it didn't always have to look for areas to cut costs to have bottom line profit growth.

    ConsMorale in the corporate segments is pretty poor, as employees are really concerned about whether they will have a job in the next six months.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGood Luck with the new strategy. Alumni want the company to be successful, but fear the with continued decline in high margin businesses such as search and subscribers, this will be a challenge.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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