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AOL Reviews

Updated November 16, 2014
Updated November 16, 2014
657 Reviews
3.5
657 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • flexible work/life balance (although hours can be long) (in 84 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Video Operations in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Video Operations in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Fair compensation, generous benefits, smart and friendly people, fun office environment with cool perks (such as nap rooms), a fast-paced environment exponential growth, commitment to volunteering. Also HuffPost Live and the BUILD series, both of which brings top-tier talent and celebrities from a variety of fields into the office.

    Cons

    Top-heavy management structure makes it difficult to advance; the company changes its mission and pivots its focus every few months

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good so far

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

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

    Pros

    Has very good potential for great learning opportunities. Lot of knowledgeable people around.

    Cons

    Layoffs, and not having great managers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Account Management Intern

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

    I have been working at AOL

    Pros

    Great work/ school flexibility
    Friendly employees
    Independent projects

    Cons

    Hours can be tough but that's about it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be proactive and asks for work don't sit around waiting for things to be assigned to you

    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Place to Learn

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

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

    Pros

    The opportunity to learn about the digital landscape. The company delves into video, mobile, desktop, content and many other categories

    Really smart people work at this company

    Always looking to train employees on new or current trends to better service clients, compensation is competitive

    Cons

    Professional growth opportunities can be limited, work-life balance can suffer at times, don't let the fact you are working with great people cloud your judgement regarding career objectives and advancements

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    It used to be good till recently.

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent work-life balance and benefits.

    Cons

    Middle management don't understand and appreciate employee skills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to know the employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Meh

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Editor in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Editor in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Good pay, nice office, friendly coworkers. The office can be a fun place to work, and I always had access to the equipment I needed.

    Cons

    Outdated company, resistance to change, old/uninformed management for a tech company. Management didn't seem to come from or understand tech.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire a few new people fro outside the company into management positions for a fresh perspective.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Interesting ride

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, nice facilities, OK benefits. Most business people I worked with are very skillful and nice to work with.

    Cons

    There are very few or close to none opportunities to advance career. Managers skill need to get improved. A lot of layoffs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    I really enjoyed the people I worked with.

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

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

    Pros

    Compensation was very good and included and annual bonus. Benefits were also very good.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership. Constant layoffs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Good resources, great benefits and some forward thinkers, but didn't really seem to be sure what direction it was going.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Editor in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Associate Editor in Milwaukee, WI

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

    Pros

    Benefits were first-rate. We were given the opportunity to experiment and take risks. I worked with many talented people, and they all seemed to want to support each other. There were resources to get things done when they were really needed, which not every media company has.

    Cons

    HQ seemed to be all over the place, continually changing focus and direction. New folks were constantly being hired at top levels (for NYC salaries, undoubtedly), and it seemed very crony-ish. Overall, too many chiefs and not enough indians, as the old saying goes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Best of luck trying to salvage this company as dial-up business vanishes. It's not easy and I appreciate the need to take leaps of faith, but the constant change in focus seems to be a detriment.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Culture, Poor Career Growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Sterling, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Sterling, VA

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

    Pros

    Amazing workplace culture. Great benefits. Pretty cool people.

    Cons

    Very little career growth. Pretty cool people (read: some not-so-great people).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide clearer paths for career growth. Don't get stuck doing the same old. Re-invent, try new things!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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