AOL Reviews in Dulles, VA

Updated October 6, 2014
Updated October 6, 2014
645 Reviews
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Pros
  • flexible work/life balance (although hours can be long) (in 83 reviews)

  • Or if you want to work from home (in 22 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management talks the talk, but doesn't walk the walk (in 28 reviews)

  • The department you work in determines what kind of work life balance you will have (in 10 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place for work/life balance

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Dulles, VA

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

    Pros

    - flexibility for working Moms, wonderful on-site daycare.
    - happy hours in the office, fun culture
    - great benefits
    - people are great

    Cons

    - opportunity to move up, especially at dulles office
    - morale is low when layoffs happen
    - some politics evident.
    - communication from upper management could be better

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Dulles, VA

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

    Pros

    Career Growth opportunities. Management is very co-operative.

    Cons

    Too many organization changes results in lack of focus for employees due to new roadmap each time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more focused and communicate goals to employees and consumers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    great company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Dulles, VA

    I worked at AOL part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Awesome campus, free parking, great cafeteria. Dressing casual everyday was a bonus.

    Cons

    The company's future is unknown, so there is a sense of uncertainty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    MAke employment options more secure.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Lots of great opportunities

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Director in Dulles, VA

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

    Pros

    Smart people to work with, lots of interesting work. The industry is always changing so the environment is full of risk and opportunity. The company rewards great work.

    Cons

    Lots of ups and downs. It could be easy to get caught up in a layoff if you find yourself in the wrong place at the wrong time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate more about acquisitions and support their effective integration via PMO. ALL the fat is gone from our current headcount. Now is the time to invest in people to accomplish our ambitious goals.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company and culture. But lots of changes causing layoffs

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Dulles, VA

    I worked at AOL full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    AOL offers good benefits. The general culture is easy going and family oriented. A lot of great talented people working there. During the early years the company was top notch providing employees with lots of training and opportunities to grow. Not so much now.

    Cons

    Company is trying to turn around causing lots of restructuring and layoffs. For the last 2 years there seems to be layoffs every 6 months. That is causing a lot of good talent to jump ship. It doesn't have anything to do with miss management but just a res structure of business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be opened and honest to employees about the future of the different departments and company over all.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Always worried about layoffs

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA

    I worked at AOL full-time (more than 5 years)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Reinvention is happening

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA

    I worked at AOL full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great work life balance. Enjoy working with many accomplished and smart people. Very supportive of employees in terms of offering opportunities for training and education. AOL is a diamond in the rough, on it's way to shine again.

    Cons

    Lack of clarity from management on strategy and company objectives. Slow to embrace changes in market.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Constant Downsizings got tiring

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Dulles, VA

    I worked at AOL full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Vacation policy and most bosses allow for flexible hours and working from home. Good compensation and benefits. In the business of helping people.

    Cons

    Constant threat of downsizings, now occurring quarterly. State they are transparent but are not. Cliques.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Old Thinking, Lots of Layoffs, But great opportunity

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Dulles, VA

    I have been working at AOL full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    AOL is a great opportunity for young professionals who need to get in with a major corporation and mid-career pros who aren't really looking for too much career growth. You'll work on a lot of different projects with some very intelligent people. The work schedule is flexible and benefits are excellent. Most managers balance work and play very well. There's also budget for professional development that you would be foolish not to take advantage of - it's FREE education!

    Cons

    Don't expect to be challenged too often as most new initiatives are chosen and pursued via a bottleneck process. The company re-hires a lot of former AOL employees instead of churning the "old thinkers" out and replacing them with younger, fresher mindsets. Layoffs seem to be a way of doing business and achieving numbers so make sure you have your plate full before the quarter comes to a close.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Fast paced, constant change, great people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Architect in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Software Architect in Dulles, VA

    I have been working at AOL full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Interesting industry that's changing rapidly. Opportunities to work on many different projects. Most people are very good to work with

    Cons

    Frequent executive turnover, re-orgs, changes in direction for no reason other than it's the new thing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The people who do the work are not the problem. Lack of vision and strategy is the problem. Stop shifting people around and worry about strategy.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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