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AOL Reviews

Updated February 23, 2015
Updated February 23, 2015
695 Reviews
3.5
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Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    People are amazing - company is in constant limbo.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Director, Product Marketing in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Director, Product Marketing in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    People. Pay. Culture. People. People.

    Cons

    Disorganized. Under resourced. Lacks good direction.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Awesome place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AOL

    Pros

    Fun coworkers, interesting projects, a lost more going on than meets the eye.

    Cons

    Sometimes slow to change, inefficient.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    It's a wash

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    Former Employee - Director In Sales in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Director In Sales in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at AOL

    Pros

    They have one of the greatest stacks of products available in the market. Agencies and advertisers love them. Great pay and benefits.

    Cons

    It's too large and there's way too much bureaucracy and misogyny. They constantly re-org, especially in sales. You never feel secure in your job. Senior management can be clueless about what goes on on the ground. They just listen to their cronies and then anyone who disagrees is sent packing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    great place

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    great place to work on latest and greatest technology

    Cons

    fast changing market can pose challenges

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at AOL full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    awesome culture. Great place to work on the latest and the best in technology.

    Cons

    fast changing company priorities could be challenging at times

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Overall my experience with this company was satisfying.I learned a lot about technology and corporate business.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Video Editor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Video Editor in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    A great atmosphere and working environment created for employees, multiple kitchens, healthy snacks beverages, massage chairs, showers, gyms and nap rooms. A unique experience for an in-house corporate video production company, creative content, numerous work travel opportunities. A wide variety of video programming with television style production including, music, entertainment, food, technology, style and fashion. Also included were yearly employee bonuses and company outings.

    Cons

    Generous benefits are provided to full-time employes and time off policies are fair. Very high employee turnover rate a steady stream of layoffs including executives level positions causing constant worry of termination.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many overlapping last minutes requests often caused improper workflows and employe stress. Increase staff size or hire night staffs for project overflow.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    An honest review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AOL

    Pros

    flexible work hours, casual dress

    Cons

    very poor leadership at exec level and from VPs up, constant layoffs, political climate, no team work, no accountability, no career growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider: change the CEO, sell, shut down

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Managers are snakes

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AOL

    Pros

    Decent spot for entry level job. Pay is around average for most roles. Some cool people to get to know.

    Cons

    - Managers are out to make themselves rise up the ranks, rather than for the good of the lower level employees they lead. Not a place to stay long term without connections.

    - Certain teams will never see the work/life balance that is so heavily pushed as a benefit of working here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat lower level employees as potential future talent and invest in them. Words do not equal action when it comes to the so-called "work hard, play hard" culture we pride our company on being - this is still a pipe dream to many of the hardest workers here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Once great tech giant is full of flaws

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA

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

    Pros

    The people are great. Salary and benefits are fair. AOL has potential to be as great as it was in it's prime.

    Cons

    Leadership just isn't there and there is little opportunity for growth. The potential for the company with such great talent is squandered.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Limited Growth Opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good Pay and work life balance

    Cons

    Limited Growth and higher ups have been there for too long to understand the industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop double paying your employees and focus on growth!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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