AOL Reviews

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
647 Reviews
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647 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • flexible work/life balance (although hours can be long) (in 83 reviews)

  • Or if you want to work from home (in 22 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management talks the talk, but doesn't walk the walk (in 28 reviews)

  • The department you work in determines what kind of work life balance you will have (in 10 reviews)

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  1.  

    Educational

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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
  2.  

    Good Learning Experience, Glad It's Over

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Decent salary. Very good benefits. Company willing to take a chance and try new things.

    Cons

    Senior management is weak. There seems to be a trend towards hiring younger and cheaper, which diminishes the quality of the product. Leadership is scarce.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decide what you want. Stop jumping a everything new just because it's new. You really screwed up with Patch. Not by trying hyperlocal, but by not taking proper time and focus to develop it as a strong brand, and, worse, letting Arianna Huffington turn it into her new Huffington Post content farm.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    life is short

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AOL

    Pros

    staying with children on a daily basis

    Cons

    on a daily basis staying with children

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    increase my pay

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  5.  

    Not your grandma's AOL

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Manager

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

    Pros

    Managers are invested in employee success; healthcare benefits are excellent. The company rewards good performance financially. Hiring/interview process is tough-- which means you typically are working on teams of very driven and talented people.

    Cons

    Training and development is pretty informal, so quality varies by department and manager

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great team, great managment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer

    I have been working at AOL full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Leadership is top notch, lots of areas (and support) for innovation and new products, you get to develop at scale. There is a big push from the top down to really get involved in open source, both as consumers and contributors. Also they're really interested in reviving the tech culture, getting out to conferences, and generally letting people know that AOL is alive and doing things.

    Cons

    Lots of moving pieces that move at different paces. Working across teams is not unpleasant, but there can be the typical political posturing that slows things bad.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great company to work for

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

    I have been working at AOL full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Career Growth opportunities. Management is very co-operative.

    Cons

    Too many organization changes results in lack of focus for employees due to new roadmap each time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more focused and communicate goals to employees and consumers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good Company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Administrator in Ashburn, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Administrator in Ashburn, VA

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

    Pros

    Progressive values on work - allows telecommuting, good work stations/laptops. If you are a passionate about technology you will enjoy the way tech. workers are treated.

    Cons

    A bit sloppy in how things are managed. Needs more maturity and structure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide a clearer vision to employees on what the vision is. Implement better policies and more structure in how your IT teams are run.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    I have a pretty reasonably easy job but the pay is nice.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - AOL TacOps in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - AOL TacOps in Rochester, NY

    I have been working at AOL full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    For a full-time job its $12 an hour vs the minimum wage of most jobs which is $8 an hour.

    It has health care, vacation time, seniority doesn't mean much which is a bonus if you only plan to work the job for a few months or years etc.

    Even though you work 80 hours a week you have a lot of free time and computers aren't restricted.

    Cons

    Teams for TacOps are small teams of 4-16 people. And only 4-6 people work at the same time.

    Sometimes it's so slow waiting for stuff to come in you zone out and before you know if a problem occurs that you have to fix and it's like a smack in the face.

    I want a window seat but I didn't get one... lol

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I with the company did something more to help their employees go to school. I'm young and this is my first full time job but I want to go to college and can't afford it without the job but with the job it's going to be tough to work fulltime and go to school fulltime as this job doesn't allow for part time.

    I want to become a software engineer/developer and I think it would be cool if AOL and Sutherland helped with this in some way shape or form because in the long run it would not only help me but I could move up into a higher job within the company maybe making AOL Desktop versions etc.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Really great place to work

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

    I have been working at AOL full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    You get to work from home

    Cons

    Pressure can be intense at times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    AOL

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    People, atmosphere, salary, location and values

    Cons

    Too many reorgs and layoffs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your good workers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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