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AOL Reviews

Updated November 21, 2014
Updated November 21, 2014
659 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • flexible work/life balance (although hours can be long) (in 84 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fun environment, smart engineers.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AOL

    Pros

    Chance to work on software used by millions. Very organized teams and workflow. Frequent reviews, they will invest in learning new technology.

    Cons

    Frequent layoffs, slow-moving corporate culture. Engineering seems to be safe from layoffs, it seems mostly middle management that falls victim .

  2.  

    great company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Dulles, VA

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

    Pros

    Awesome campus, free parking, great cafeteria. Dressing casual everyday was a bonus.

    Cons

    The company's future is unknown, so there is a sense of uncertainty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    MAke employment options more secure.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bureaucrats In Control

    • 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

    Many are able to work remotely.

    Cons

    Upper management is concerned only with feathering their own nests. They promote people who buy into the vision of "there are no problems, give me a big bonus."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sorry, a head to toe clear out of the dead wood you promoted and bring back the workers and contractors that you "downsized".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great environment for self starters

    • 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

    It was a great place for growing and championing new ideas. The teams I worked on were highly collaborative, and the people I worked with were brilliant.

    Cons

    Too many of the legacy employees (those there pre-2000), were entrenched in old-school thinking and were more interested in playing politics in-order to "avoid rocking the boat."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're current strategy will work in the short-term, but your reliance on display advertising will ultimately be your undoing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Definitely has sound parts of the company, but still feels like it is just trying to stay afloat

    • 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 full-time

    Pros

    The company benefits, the flexible hours, and the opportunity to work remotely are definitely perks. Plus, there are some sharp and talented people still with the company. Lastly, the company does try to provide some interesting events to break up the workday.

    Cons

    The politics from the senior leadership severely affect projects and product strategies, sometimes without any sound reason. A couple of them do not appear to have the experience or skills to actually lead their team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Horrible place to spend your day

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

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

    Pros

    The compensation is decent and competitive.

    Cons

    The CEO is an emotional train wreck and a sales person rather than a steady thinker. Projects are stopped, often stalled even when they are worthwhile and lucrative. This place takes 'be accepting of change' to a whole different dysfunctional level. Nothing gets done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop firing smart people. Stop hiring new execs every five seconds. Get a freaking clue.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Don't do it

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AOL

    Pros

    It may be bought out by Yahoo!
    Free snacks and drinks
    HuffPo brand saves the company

    Cons

    Unhappy workers, old strategies, understaffed. Very poor social program. They give up on new ideas far too easily. I was there less than half of a year because they threw up their hands and gave up. Another "restructure". Knew-jerk reactions are not a great way to run a company or revive AOL.com.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decide on something and stick with it. Be clearer on goals and when launching something, go big externally versus promoting in-house. Learn how to use social media to increase user base. 10 million isn't as big of a number as you think.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    Great place to work, but don't get comfortable

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

    I worked at AOL as a contractor (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    benefits, travel opportunities, lots of training available, my fellow employees were almost all intelligent, well-educated and helpful.

    Cons

    Management seems to have a real problem sticking with projects and tend to cancel them on a moment's notice. Don't get comfortable in your position. Layoffs are constant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decide what the company wants to do and stick with it. Maybe get evaluated for ADD.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Kinda all over the place

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The people. Free lunch once per week, some okay snack options and a really nice office space.

    Cons

    Turn over, downsizing and constant reorg.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    good training ground for media

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager Business Development in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Manager Business Development in New York, NY

    I worked at AOL full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    lage organization with lots of resources and opportunity to learn across parts of media, tech, sales etc.

    Cons

    large and inert in many ways

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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