AOL Reviews

Updated August 31, 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. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    Work hard, play hard.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    AOL takes fun seriously. There are always activities like happy hours, group outings, company parties. AOL isn't cheap either. The events that the company hosts never has a shortage of booze or food. There are other random perks like celebrities that visit the office and come talk to the employees and we're given the chance to ask them anything random question. There are ping pong tables, NAP ROOMS, snacks, and amazing/ passionate people. Overall, great place to work.

    Cons

    I didn't have much of a work life balance, but it all depends on your team and the nature of your job.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. Great Job.


  2. fun

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The office atmosphere is cool

    Cons

    long hours expected all the time


  3. Director

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    Former Employee - Director in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Director in Dulles, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    AOL has a lot of pros for employees including a great culture, exceptional benefits, dynamic and fun work environment and strong pay package

    Cons

    Some of the departments have less work life balance than others so be sure to ask about schedules.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the focus and pull together the leadership across offices more. Find new ways beyond reviews and spot bonuses to recognize more employees.


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  5. Satisfactory

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good culture experience working with large teams

    Cons

    changing management and focus doesnt build forward looking products

    Advice to Management

    be transparent so its easy for employees to trust management


  6. Great benefits, not so great career development

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    The benefits and socializing for employees is great. Also easy to have a life after work.

    Cons

    Traffic and ad sales are everything. Not much growth opportunity for people who are doing other things.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in marketing and marketing professionals.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Director

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    Former Employee - Director in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Director in Dulles, VA
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    nice campus, good benefits/pay, opportunity to move within company

    Cons

    layoffs are a way of life - large dismissals almost every year around Christmas with occasional mid-year layoffs as well. There is no company loyalty to employees. Constant pressure to hit 'quarterly numbers' leads to many short sighted decisions...top performing/higher earning employees are laid off frequently to 'cut costs' while under performing entry/mid level staff are retained.


  8. Good internship

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Lively atmosphere with a lot of great opportunities to grow and expand your horizons. AOL has been trying really hard to get on top of trends and move forward as a modern company, and the result is a lot of fun benefits for its employees. Very encouraging of trying new things and personal entrepreneurship.

    Cons

    Working overtime is common, with many people of all different levels staying late into the evening. As an intern, I worked full time hours but also needed to work overtime pretty often in order to feel like I was standing out and put myself in a better position if I ever wanted to get a full time job at the company.


  9. Great company

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IOS-Developer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - IOS-Developer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are great! Work timings are very flexible.

    Cons

    Some of the projects are slow.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work with promising future

    Current Employee - Strategic Account Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Strategic Account Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary, work/life balance, product set, programatic tv as a future, Verizon, Microsoft and more acquisitions in the pipe, scale

    Cons

    Job security and no free lunch. Get with the program guys

    Advice to Management

    Stop the cost cutting and start going after the huge budgets. It's your staff that will make you profit so maybe keep them around


  11. Helpful (1)

    Instability and constant layoffs

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at AOL full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very talented people working together efficiently and with enthusiasm. The company uses data very well to see where it is performing well, and knows how to optimize traffic on the Internet. It also is also focused around one common goal: To make advertisers happy and to make money, which seems important at a media company.

    Cons

    Upper management has no problem "laying off" people on a whim, making it a very unstable place to build a career. Especially as you get into upper management. Managers use threats of layoffs and firings as a way to "motivate" people, but it mostly just makes people feel sick to their stomaches and has people sending out resumes.

    Advice to Management

    Be as dedicated to the people you hire as they are to you. Make it harder for bosses to lay off people and stop trying to cut your way to prosperity.



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