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AOL Reviews

Updated December 11, 2014
Updated December 11, 2014
664 Reviews
3.5
664 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.  

    It used to be good till recently.

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    • 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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Meh

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    • 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    Outdated company, resistance to change, old/uninformed management for a tech company.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
  3.  

    Interesting ride

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    • 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
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  5.  

    I really enjoyed the people I worked with.

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    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
  6.  

    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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    • 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
  7.  

    Good company to work for

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    • 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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Culture, Poor Career Growth

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    • 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
  9.  

    Great Company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  10.  

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

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    • 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
  11.  

    roller coaster

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    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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