AOL Reviews

Updated June 24, 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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    • 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. AOL Fellow

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance, Social Media and Trending Content in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Finance, Social Media and Trending Content 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

    -Amazing open environment, with easy access to upper level management
    -Great pay and benefits
    -Lots of responsibility, and opportunities
    - Weekly meetings really make you feel like an integrated part of the bigger picture
    -You'll get tons of training of a range of newly released software
    - Option to work from home amid emergency is a plus
    -Every now and then you may bump into the CEO, which is awesome.

    Cons

    Can't think of much. However, the only con at this company might be yourself. There's lots to do, and management is open to hearing new ideas. Take advantage of AOL's open door policy and learn as much as you can!


  3. Good place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Baltimore, MD

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

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

    Pros

    Good culture
    Good people
    Good environment.
    Ok benefits and compensation

    Cons

    Too much manual work.
    Unnecessary work, just to please the bosses.
    Focus on day to day rather than long term strategic goals.
    Lacked a vision.

    Advice to Management

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  5. Principal Software Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Dulles, VA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Really enjoyed the people with whom I worked and have stayed in contact with them as friends. We had great teams and collaboration between functional groups like engineering, design, QA, marketing, etc. A wide collection of projects are available across the company to support the varied corporate entities and products.

    Cons

    Upper management has been a revolving door leading to concerns about corporate stability and direction. This likely will be at least partially mitigated by its acquisition by Verizon. Unclear what the fallout will be to this merging of companies and its online content properties.

    Advice to Management

    I'm sure this comes as no surprise but look for ways to stem the management churn and inspire greater confidence in the company.


  6. Technology Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA

    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

    Work with a lot of exceptional people, good place to work with a lot of fun amenities, giving back to the community is part of the culture, focus is on the work and not too much politics, to be successful usually requires long hours but the work arrangements are extremely flexible.

    Cons

    Some leaders are able to continue to make bad decisions with no repercussions.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Sr. Technical Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Manager in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Manager in Dulles, VA

    I worked at AOL full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits and awesome working environment

    Cons

    Little upward movement as the company is shrinking

    Advice to Management

    Don't let the good talent go out the door. Look at your longer term employees as assets not burdens.


  8. Love working here!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AOL

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

    Pros

    Great laid back work environment including nice corporate offices, bagel fridays, massage chairs, nap rooms, on-site gym; good benefits such as 15 paid vacation days and 3 volunteer days a year; casual work attire; AOL BUILD series which brings celebrities to the NY headquarters everyday; awesome people to work with; flexible work schedules and ability to work from home regularly

    Cons

    unclear how the Verizon buyout will affect our corporate culture; everyone assumes the old reputation of our brand


  9. Helpful (1)

    Fun place to work with

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY

    I have been working at AOL full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Casual environment
    Flexible work
    Good pay and perks
    Friendly staff

    Cons

    Unknown future
    Slow interview process
    No sabbatical


  10. Helpful (1)

    Principal Software Developer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AOL

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

    Pros

    There are lots of fun, smart folks who work and play hard. They are very flexible about remote workers and working from home as needed.

    Cons

    Management could focus more on development of employees. Options are definitely available, but as an employee you need to push for them yourself.


  11. Talks good game, no direction

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AOL

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent benefits and bonuses, good on providing right technology.

    Cons

    No clear direction resulting in layoffs. Spending money on useless things.

    Advice to Management

    Stop wasting money on garbage.



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