AOL Reviews

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
647 Reviews
3.5
647 Reviews
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AOL Chairman and CEO Tim Armstrong
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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.  

    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

  2.  

    Fractured, Complacent, Operational Nightmare

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

    I worked at AOL as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Free soda. Good Benefits. Lots of stickers. You can see celebrities in the elevator. East to coast if you want to clock it in.

    Cons

    - Leadership is divorced from the product
    - CEO lives in a bubble of rich white men
    - Bully culture where talent is less important than politics
    - Has no idea who they are anymore or who they want to be, they talk a great game about disruption but can't break their own mold.
    - Total lack of awareness for the meidum
    - Bloated staffing you have no idea what 1/2 the people are there doing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus. Stop trying to be everything and build the longer living audience of people under 50. Recognize that you don't know brand and hire people who do. Divest the bad properties. Be one company not multiple competitive companies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    A disaster; hope it's improved

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AOL

    Pros

    Great benefits, some good people.

    Cons

    Terrible management, no direction, no chance for advancement, much of the workforce was substandard even in critical areas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Best place to work!

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

    I have been working at AOL full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work here

    Cons

    None. Cant think of any right now.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AOL

    Pros

    Great vibe lots of positive people.

    Cons

    cancel projects all the time.

  7.  

    Great company to work for!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AOL full-time

    Pros

    The benefits offered are great!

    Cons

    None are coming to my mind

  8.  

    Good team and laid back working enviroment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Management Intern in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Product Management Intern in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    good environment, good team, keep moving forward

    Cons

    It is a big and old company. People spent a lot of time on communication.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good place to work, family friendly, competitive salary, company doing well.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Great for moms/parents, competitive salaries. Parts of the company are really growing ahead of pace of the industry. Recent acquisitions have set up the company for more growth and success. Letting the individual brands under the AOL umbrella run somewhat autonomously makes decision making more fluid and feel like a smaller company.

    Cons

    Politics like everywhere. Turnover and restructuring are a regular occurrence though a lot of turnover is due to employees being wooed away to other companies. AOL's brand reputation remains a head-scratcher to the general public and doesn't match the growth, success and stock price increase over the last few years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on the brand reputation to lure talent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    loved working here wish i was back there!

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    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    great people, nice offices and loved the AOL Brand

    Cons

    revolving door on management at the time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Barely hanging in there

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    You can learn a lot and the benefits are pretty good. I worked there for a very long time and it was fantastic back in the day.

    Cons

    AOL is trying to turn around and has been for MANY years. The company keeps chasing the next big thing, but doesn't really dedicate the resources to give new ideas a chance. Then, when it fails, they lay off a bunch of people and move on to the next big idea. AOL is your buddy who always has that next sure fire plan that'll make him rich.

    What it boils down to is that AOL is no longer growing. Everything is short term thinking, "We can save $5 today!" not caring that it'll cost the company $100 in a year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You will never turn around the company if you don't put your energy into projects and stop thinking short term. Wall Street is already on to you. They know you are failing when you lay off employees frequently just so you can try to make your numbers.

    It's time to move on from Tim. Sales guys are great at sales, not usually leading an entire company. The loopy people he's bringing in as personal advisors shows a lot.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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