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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.  

    Awesome place to work and build a career.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    Great place for work/life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
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  5.  

    Best Job Experience Ever

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    Management, Once in a lifetime experience

    Cons

    None- it was insane and fun

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great team, great managment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.  

    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
  9.  

    Good Learning Experience, Glad It's Over

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 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
  10.  

    life is short

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

  11.  

    Turbulent

    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at AOL

    Pros

    People are smart and fun to work with

    Cons

    I was there during the turnaround. Tim Armstrong seems to know what he's doing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees with respect. Previous articles about hiring employees on a call is bad

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