AOL Reviews

Updated March 31, 2015
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Pros
  • flexible work/life balance (although hours can be long) (in 86 reviews)

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

Cons
  • The senior management really don't care much about the company except, for each for their own piece (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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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AOL

    Pros

    AOL has great corporate values: Embraces Change, Integrity, Win as a Team, Take Fun Seriously.

    Cons

    AOL needs to add more diversity to its workforce. They are missing out on the opportunity to gain creativity and innovation from the ideas of candidates from different walks of life,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Diversify your workforce.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Account Executive

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    Current Employee - Account Executive
    Current Employee - Account Executive

    I have been working at AOL full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people, great pay, great products. Awesome customer service mentality and reputation. Great benefits and outlook on employee happiness

    Cons

    A lot of people and in flux processes can clog efficiency. Growth path can be difficult and restricted by office location. Roles and responsibilities vary a lot without a solid accountability or discipline on performance. This can go on for quite some time. However, its not the norm.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Slowly dying

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AOL

    Pros

    A great work environment. Its trying to be a young upbeat tech company

    Cons

    No long term growth for the company or employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Software Tester

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    Current Employee - Software Tester in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Software Tester in Dulles, VA

    I have been working at AOL

    Pros

    - Good benefits
    - reasonable pay and bonus per current market
    - good office cultural, lots of free swags and food

    Cons

    - too much 'self-praise' cultural

    Approves of CEO
  6. Aol

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AOL

    Pros

    Good learning experience , strong architects to work with from client side

    Cons

    Too many management changes within a short time , affect the mobility of planned works

  7. Fun to work for the underdog rather than the alpha dog in an industry

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    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Culture - compared my more dinosaur employer, it was nice to have a culture of fun (aka drinking)
    Benefits - good insurance, swag, and other perks
    Work-life balance - can work remotely when needed, work from other offices

    Cons

    Personal growth - if you are not in sales AND you don't wok in New York headquarters, you'll never get promoted
    Organization - the company often makes seemingly random and thoughtless structural and reporting changes
    Value of Sales - the sellers are revered like gods. Everyone else is a peon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent about growth opportunities to people. Increase compensation for people who only receive base pay and not commission

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Solid team, an overall valuable experience

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    Former Employee - Visual Designer in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Visual Designer in Dulles, VA

    I worked at AOL

    Pros

    You meet some talented people
    the pay was fair/good
    amenities were pretty strong

    Cons

    frequent layoffs
    questionable executives
    the location was remote if you lived in DC

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My managers were really good. I don't have any advice.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. Interesting place to work, people were intelligent, but very enamored with who they worked for.

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

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

    Pros

    Great work environment. They enable creativity. The salary is acceptable but could be better. I feel the people who work there really enjoy working for this organization.

    Cons

    The hours are high even for high tech companies. The people are very enamored with the company they work for and can be hard on new people joining the company if they question why things are done in a certain way. This may not be in all division, but in the 3 I worked for it was.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try and get back to what made you great many years ago. Also remember, employees have lives outside of their offices that need attention.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  10. Good culture, good pay

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AOL

    Pros

    Work life balance, nice people

    Cons

    no many cons to share

  11. Fellow

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    Current Employee - Fellow in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Fellow in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    lots of perks, parties, corporate events
    working at a company with legacy in tech
    exposure to a lot of individuals, celebrities, and high ups

    Cons

    AOL/AIM stigma
    Takes forever to get full time offers
    high turnover
    unsophisticated communication style, not always the most professions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on more transparent communcition

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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