AOL Reviews

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
629 Reviews
3.5
629 Reviews
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AOL Chairman and CEO Tim Armstrong
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348 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • flexible work/life balance (although hours can be long) (in 82 reviews)

  • Or if you want to work from home (in 21 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.  

    Local editor for Patch.com

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    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
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Disappointment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AOL full-time

    Pros

    great benefits if you actually get enough freedom to take advantage of them

    Cons

    Everyone is fearful of lay-offs so it creates a negative, competitive environment. Leadership claims they are open to change and new ideas but they prefer you not voice them. Annual reviews are made up of management sitting around talking trash about the staff that they have never bothered to get to know. They are under-staffed so everyone works like a dog and fears repercussion if they don't. They hire lots of people then fire them every quarter so it appears that the company is profitable. The CEO is a maniacal egotist who surrounds himself with "yes men." The politics in the organization are ethically questionable.
     They are seeking drones, not intellectuals

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    try an exit interview, might help improve the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mixed bag

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great people, great ideas, good pay and benefits. A culture that is trying too hard to be fun but at least they are trying.

    Cons

    Great people and great ideas are followed up with poor execution.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get something done. Focus. Stop the ever-changing mantras and the constant hiring of expensive executives who accomplish nothing worthwhile and...just...get...something...done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    AOL

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AOL

    Pros

    Good place to work, great culture

    Cons

    too much politics, not much career advancement

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    An average company with new growing pains

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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

    Benefits are pretty good and good potential for the company to grow and succeed if management executes properly

    Cons

    The department you work in determines what kind of work life balance you will have

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    In spite of its abundant problems, it was an interesting place to work.

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    I worked at AOL's Palo Alto office from 2010 to 2013 and found it to be a place where interesting people were working on innovative things in a flexible and mostly supportive environment. The team there shipped a series of decent consumer web/mobile products, which was good to see. It's an advertising/media company, but also manages to do some product development at the edges.

    Cons

    Internal corporate politics and a murky overall strategy made it difficult for any particular effort to succeed. The strategy would shift regularly; good products would get as far as release and then would be unceremoniously dropped. And there was a constant, rolling reorg. In this environment, an employee's success would mostly be a political question since no particular product or team would remain intact long enough to be evaluated on its merits; the executive team was in a constant state of turnover. This was particularly hard for teams working outside of New York.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clarity and stability of strategy and more focus on the kind of technology that's winning in the market(not just advertising tech, but tech for consumer products) would help boost the company's attractiveness to the type of people who make a difference at today's tech companies. As of now the company feels like a combination of a miracle of financial engineering and a second-tier web advertising network, while pretending (with some success) to be a leading media and consumer internet brand.

    Recommends
    Neutral 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.  

    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
  10.  

    Satisfied

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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

    -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
  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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