AOL Reviews

Updated July 29, 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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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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. Stable and fun group

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The company had very flexible work hours. Most of the time, the environment and people were enjoyable to work with. Technology was fun while it lasted.

    Cons

    There are lots of lazy employees and that puts more strain on others. This is a very title driven company that needs change their attitude with listening to their employees instead of just Senior management.

    Advice to Management

    Please treat your employees with respect even if their title doesn't start with director, vp, senior. Title driven company needs


  3. Great Work Environment

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Intelligent Collaborative People - Loved who I worked with

    Cons

    Frequent changes in direction could be frustrating, but constantly adjusting to the market is a good thing.


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  5. wonderful, fun, energetic

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AOL full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    friendly staff, a lot of perks, great work environment, a lot of support from fellow employees

    Cons

    stress when nearing a deadline, otherwise there aren't really any complaints

    Advice to Management

    I would offer more room to grow and perhaps more casual meetings about upcoming projects.


  6. Wonderful place to work but managment needs to stop celebrating on the ten yard line.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at AOL (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great comp, relaxed workplace environment,, friendly and caring co-workers, and great training/education for employees on products and industry trends. I truly care about the folks I work with and I would gladly work overtime to make sure the job gets down because I feel I have a meaningful impact on the company and my clients.

    Cons

    We tend to celebrate on the ten yard line especially with regarding products. When we build our own products instead of via M&E, the products are too late to the market and lack feature sets that would truly make them industry leaders. In short, we are always tending to play catch up in the marketplace.

    Advice to Management

    It seems recently you are trying to do too much with too little and then over-selling what we can actually do. Please ask what we can do you keep you happy and with Aol instead of being interested in what keeps shareholders and management happy. Recently we have lost too many good people because they are not asking us what they can do to help with career paths.


  7. So close to success...

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Director in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity to grow professionally. Great co-workers.

    Cons

    Constant change, lack of clarity on roles and responsibilities.

    Advice to Management

    Head out of the clouds; get out on the street.


  8. Architect

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AOL full-time

    Pros

    great place to work and growth

    Cons

    some areas of the company still use old/legacy technologies


  9. Great Place

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    AOL continues to be a great place to work for. Diversified areas including advertising, paid services, mail. Great benefits, great CEO.

    Cons

    Changing priorities. Some lack of direction at times. Online technical education is not that great.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees. Some of the employees have great ideas but are never taken seriously.


  10. Good place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AOL full-time

    Pros

    Lots of potential with new verizon deal

    Cons

    Not a lot of mobility in regional offices


  11. Helpful (1)

    Good times, and not-so-good times

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Editor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Editor in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    At times, this was a fun, pleasant, energetic place to work, and I was happy to be part of the team. Benefits were good, there was flexibility, and everyone was given fairly free rein to do their best work. Especially if you are on a team that is part one of the "good" properties, the ones Tim Armstrong mentions at the big meetings, you will feel positive about being at AOL. And during the periods when they were relaxed about telecommuting, that was a great benefit.

    Cons

    The culture of frequent stealth layoffs is a terrible waste of talent that saps the otherwise good morale (and I felt that way long before I got pink-slipped). I saw far too many instances of management cutting strong performers in order "reallocate their positions," and then watched those spots be filled by people whose talents mirrored the folks who'd been laid off. What I rarely saw was anyone simply offered a chance switch to one those new jobs. Terrible waste of institutional memory, too. Beyond that, they work people HARD. Long days, and managers answering emails at 2 a.m. were common.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees more like resources to be valued, and less like expenses you need to trim, or cogs to be replaced by other, identical cogs.



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