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  1.  

    An honest review

    • Comp & Benefits
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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

    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
  2.  

    q&a engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AOL part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    aggressive strategies in advertisement

    Cons

    High competition from new and more advance tech companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    customer satisfaction survey a necessity

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    AOL, Strategic AM

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    Former Employee - Strategic Account Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Strategic Account Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at AOL

    Pros

    Dont have to work too hard to succeed
    Lots of independence
    Perks of being in sales - conferences, events, free food, taking clients on

    Cons

    Over-managed, management is very on top of you at times (usually about insignificant tasks)
    Pay isn't great
    No growth in the AM role, which has been acknowledged all the way up
    Was told they would pay for my tuition and then claimed we had 2 years of bad quarters so they couldn't afford it any more - management doesn't stick by their word

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create jobs out of AM without making everyone be a front-line seller to get a raise.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    good

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    flexible, balanced, paced, simple but challenging at times

    Cons

    pressure, messy, old style, unorganized

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Overall working with AOL was great. Fun, interesting, eventful, and fair. They seem to still be on the cutting edge.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    There is always something fun going on such as community volunteering opportunities, contests ad even merit raises and bonuses!

    Cons

    In my few years there, it was always a struggle at the top so there was management turnover that sometimes felt unnerving. But things were still very stable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Excellent place to work -sales

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at AOL

    Pros

    Very competitive comp. Excellent benefits. Great culture. Great people.

    Cons

    Stock options are not good enough to keep people at lower levels

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spread the wealth

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Work hard, play hard.

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    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    AOL takes fun seriously. There are always activities like happy hours, group outings, company parties. AOL isn't cheap either. The events that the company hosts never has a shortage of booze or food. There are other random perks like celebrities that visit the office and come talk to the employees and we're given the chance to ask them anything random question. There are ping pong tables, NAP ROOMS, snacks, and amazing/ passionate people. Overall, great place to work.

    Cons

    I didn't have much of a work life balance, but it all depends on your team and the nature of your job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing. Great Job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AOL

    Pros

    Atmosphere, people, workflow, work ethic

    Cons

    Pay could be a little higher

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great overall experience working at an AOL brand startup company in San Francisco.

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    Current Intern - Crunchbase in San Francisco, CA
    Current Intern - Crunchbase in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at AOL as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Fantastic work environment and office amenities, as well as engaging and varied intern assignments are a plus.

    Cons

    Company culture seems a bit lacking.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Think twice before accepting the AOL.com Editorial Fellowship -- Beverly Hills office

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    Former Employee - Editorial & Programming Fellow in Beverly Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Editorial & Programming Fellow in Beverly Hills, CA

    I worked at AOL full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The Beverly Hills office is a nice hodgepodge of various AOL functions (including Huffington Post) and you'll work with some of the loveliest people from AOL On (video) to the sales team. If you're a social person, you'll find it easy to make friends & learn a little about what each department contributes to Team AOL.

    Cons

    AOL.com editorial team mismanaged with the managing editor playing favorites to the team's detriment. You'll work hard while chronic under performers (and slackers) are allowed to slide because they have a prior work history and a friendship with the managing editor.

    Homepage output and team morale affected in this working environment.

    Contributions of AOL.com fellow (glorified intern)--taking on extra projects, staying late & working hard won't be rewarded or even recognized. Upper management in constant flux so what you're promised at the start, you probably won't get. Lastly, almost all editorial decisions are dictated by sales goals which doesn't lend itself to a great user experience for the 50+ crowd (the base audience).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management on the opposite coast: Pay more attention to what's happening on the editorial teams in the LA/BH office. Hold managers accountable for the disruption of their team for the benefit of their friends so faulty management skills don't fall on the fellows who are contributing fully, but being paid a fraction of price allotted for good talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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