AOL Reviews

Updated August 1, 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.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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. 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

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

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

    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


  3. Stable and fun group

    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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


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  5. 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.


  6. 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.


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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.


  8. So close to success...

    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.


  9. 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


  10. Wavering in the wind

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

    I worked at AOL

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Culture, fun, benefits and salary

    Cons

    Extremely unstable due to frequent layoffs of smart, accomplished people. No one is safe from the wrath of frequently changing priorities.

    Advice to Management

    None. Bullheads won't take advice.


  11. 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.



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