AOL Reviews

Updated July 26, 2015
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  1. Great Job, Great People

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fun workplace. Passionate leadership. Good Pay. I had a really great time working through many different projects.

    Cons

    Yearly layoffs. Office Locations in expensive cities. I think it would be more effective to actively manage the workforce and manage out the people who are not performing. There are many situations where weak performers caused frustration among the more talented employees.

    Advice to Management

    I think that there is a great core group of individuals who started this company and grew it to be the predominant internet company in the mid to late 90s. I was inspired and proud to work for a company that accomplished so much in terms of bringing technology to the masses. Unfortunately, we didn't have the vision to capitalize on our captive audience. I feel like we could have been more revolutionary.


  2. Meh

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

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

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

    Pros

    Good pay but last few years the increases have decreased; good benefits

    Cons

    Lack of clear direction; poor upper management choices; lack of vision

    Advice to Management

    Verizon, you need to house at the top -- being the CEO's college roommate or his admin at Google does not mean you are going to make a successful executive (and trust me, they don't).


  3. Custom Solutions

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

    I worked at AOL

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

    Pros

    Great culture, great people, great products, and great benefits.

    Cons

    constant change, but isn't that the case everywhere in the digital world.


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  5. It's just okay

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

    I have been working at AOL full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great people and okay pay

    Cons

    There are a lot of old timers here who have learned how to survive but are not adding value

    Advice to Management

    take a true assessment of the talent that you have brought in


  6. Reporter

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AOL

    Pros

    One of the best places to work

    Cons

    Benefits expensive, but well established company.


  7. Too many layoffs

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

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

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

    Pros

    Great environment. Most of the people are terrific. The work is exciting and challenging. I enjoyed going to work every day.

    Cons

    Layoffs are an entirely too regular thing at AOL. If not massive one-time layoffs, then rolling layoffs on a regular basis. Most employees who see colleagues leave live with "it's just a matter of time when it's my turn" attitude.


  8. AOL Fellow

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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!


  9. Good company with typical mid management

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

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Colleagues,benefits,food, Table tennis, flexibility in work schedule, startup culture in some projects,opportunity to be hands-on.

    Cons

    Typical corporate middle management. It seems theres no interest of mid management towards work in some cases. Middle management is out of sync from upper management as far as company's vision and long term goal is concerned.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure vision and long term goals of company not just flows down to lower level as is but also gets converted into logical pieces of doable work.


  10. Need to focus on Middle Management

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

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

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

    Pros

    I think the company on a whole had a vision, used to be fun place to work, used to do good work and was making a difference in arena. Good life/work balance/flexibility. Free soda in what used to be cafeteria.

    Cons

    not sure where vision is going with Verizon buyout. not a lot of transparency at middle manager level. Seems like middle managers have no accountability and worker bees are ending up footing the bill in the pay scale and the workload. And no chance of movement upward because company shrinking and maybe will disappear soon with this buyout. They cut out the fun, no more parties, no more bagel days, no cafeteria.

    Advice to Management

    Cut the waste at the middle management level


  11. Good place to work

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