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AOL Reviews

Updated November 21, 2014
Updated November 21, 2014
659 Reviews
3.5
659 Reviews
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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.  

    Great Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY

    I worked at AOL full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    This was a great job and the company is really turning things around versus the rocky old days!

    Cons

    Overall, I'd say there are still issues with the company that need to be worked out to be a huge success again.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As usual, need to consider the value of the individual employees and how they fit into the business itself!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    AOL cares about its employees and it shows in perks and retention.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales and Advertising in Beverly Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Sales and Advertising in Beverly Hills, CA

    I worked at AOL as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Aol has all of the perks of the big tech companies and maintains a small family feel. Some examples include yoga, happy hours, volunteering, catered lunches, paid internship, etc.

    Cons

    The advertising product can be somewhat mundane, but as Aol continues to innovate and strategically acquire, I imagine the day-to-day will become more interesting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time off could be increased.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    roller coaster

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    • 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 10 years)

    Pros

    great benefits
    culture
    flexible work schedule
    good personal / professional life balance
    dog policy

    Cons

    no clear path
    constantly changing priorities
    lack of experienced management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Awesome place to work and build a career.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Advertising Sales Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Advertising Sales Director in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    The people, the culture, the innovation and the ability to make it what you want it to be. Anyone can go for it.

    Cons

    Accountability, too many CEO's that don't agree.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get everyone on the bus at every level.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Learning experience

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

    I worked at AOL as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    I got invaluable experience here as an intern that kickstarted my career. I was given lots of opportunity to take on responsibility. The team I worked with was great, and for an internship, the pay was decent.

    Cons

    Internship never turned to full-time offer with benefits, despite being at the company for almost 3 years -- and all that great experience really = the workload of a full-time with benefits staffer.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great place for work/life balance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Dulles, VA

    I worked at AOL full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - flexibility for working Moms, wonderful on-site daycare.
    - happy hours in the office, fun culture
    - great benefits
    - people are great

    Cons

    - opportunity to move up, especially at dulles office
    - morale is low when layoffs happen
    - some politics evident.
    - communication from upper management could be better

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    I really enjoyed the people I worked with.

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    • 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
  9.  

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

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    • 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
  10.  

    Good company to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Dulles, VA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, work life balance, some teams are well recognized

    Cons

    no clear direction from the management, the direction and TODO list keeps on changing very often, and difficult for people to deliver

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please decide a firm strategy going forward and value people and teams, and recognize talent , before they decide to leave.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Educational

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Visual Designer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Visual Designer in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits, fun people, nice office space

    Cons

    no career path for designers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Embrace design

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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