AOL Reviews

Updated September 28, 2014
Updated September 28, 2014
635 Reviews
3.5
635 Reviews
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AOL Chairman and CEO Tim Armstrong
Tim Armstrong
349 Ratings

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 27 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Great culture - poor upper management decision making

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    Former Employee - Account Executive  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY

    I worked at AOL full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Culture is great, you feel like they really appreciate you as a person.

    Cons

    Upper management does not see clearly about promotions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really take a look at who is managing your teams. Look at each employees yearly review and what they have to say.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Fast paced, and very high stress.

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager  in  Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at AOL full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great growth opportunity (at the time)

    Cons

    Stress, always chasing a number, too much micromanagement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If I could give them advice (business closed) I would tell them to not be so secretive and to stop micro managing so much.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Local editor for Patch.com

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Local Editor  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Local Editor in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at AOL full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Work from home, company equipment, annual bonus.

    Cons

    Poor leadership (Tim Armstrong in particular), unclear mission, ineffective brand marketing, too many cooks in the kitchen (none all that great).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut away a few layers of management and let the soldiers fight. Most of the time you're out of the loop or reacting to a situation that either blew over or resolved itself weeks or months ago. Fire Tim Armstrong.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good over-all.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AOL

    Pros

    Visionary CEO, personal growth, collaborative culture.

    Cons

    Big, complex, legacy products and services.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve communication.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Amazing people and company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President

    I worked at AOL full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great culture that rewards hard work
    Career growth

    Cons

    Too many reorgs instability of Senior leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A lot of chiefs and in need of more doers!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Lots of great opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Director in Dulles, VA

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

    Pros

    Smart people to work with, lots of interesting work. The industry is always changing so the environment is full of risk and opportunity. The company rewards great work.

    Cons

    Lots of ups and downs. It could be easy to get caught up in a layoff if you find yourself in the wrong place at the wrong time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate more about acquisitions and support their effective integration via PMO. ALL the fat is gone from our current headcount. Now is the time to invest in people to accomplish our ambitious goals.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    The best internship I have ever had, a great company that cares about their employees work and life balance.

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    Former Employee - AOL On Marketing Intern  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - AOL On Marketing Intern in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at AOL as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Free snack, massages, a whole snack break room, can come in as late as you want as long as you get your work done. Everyone that's there loves working there, one of the friendliest offices I've ever been in

    Cons

    The only con is that sometimes during the busy times of the year I wouldn't get as much work. And the only other con is that they didn't hire me once my internship was up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Satisfied

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    -Good work life balance
    -Flexibility (able to WFH when needed)
    -Fun, energetic atmosphere and colleagues
    -Constant change

    Cons

    -have to find and conquer challenges in order to stand out
    -many hoops to jump through to get anything done
    -management not always transparent about upcoming changes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't spring layoffs on employees.
    Find fewer more manageable goals and execute change flawlessly (vs many overly lofty goals that end up getting postponed, or not given the attention needed)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Awesome company to work in

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AOL full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good Salary, Great benefits and awesome work-life balance

    Cons

    Teams too small to support all the projects

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Layoffs :(

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    A great place for a young professional to break into the tech industry.

    You have a large amount of autonomy over your work and can creatively find a way to get to a solution.

    Flexible hours and vacation time that you're encouraged to use.

    Cons

    There is always a threat of layoffs.... ALWAYS. On a quarterly basis it seems.

    Priorities are always changing. AOL needs to stick to a direction and commit fully to it.

    Too many legacy systems/servers.

    Not enough money put into tech teams.

    Not enough transparency, especially around layoffs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Morale is shockingly low due to layoffs, unless you want a brain drain, be transparent about why they are happening and minimize them.

    Pick a priority and stick to it. All of these name changes and new priorities are tiring.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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