AOL Reviews

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
645 Reviews
3.5
645 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.  

    Fast paced, and very high stress.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at AOL full-time (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
  2.  

    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 (more than an 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
  3.  

    Good over-all.

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5.  

    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 (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
  6.  

    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 (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
  7.  

    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 (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
  8. 4 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
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Mixed bag

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AOL full-time (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
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    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 (more than an 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

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