AOL Reviews

Updated September 28, 2014
Updated September 28, 2014
635 Reviews
3.5
635 Reviews
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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. 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
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Pretentious, washed up and over-valued.

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    Current Employee - Product Manager  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Product Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary, flexible schedule. No one cares when you get in or leave. Or if you want to work from home. In most situations, managers do not even count your vacation days, I had co-workers sneaking in an extra week or two, then rolling over the rest. Aslo, some people seem to play ping pong all day.

    Cons

    The company is really full of it's self. They think that they are doing something special and innovative, like Google, but they are not. The goal of the company is just to keep the stock price up at any expense. They have made peculiar budgeting suggestions, like firing loads of people, and them buying new expensive furnatre for the lounge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice to management. If it is there goal to exploite their workers for better bottom line and bonuses, then they are already doinga great job. No one is going to care what this girl thinks.

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

    Always worried about layoffs

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA

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

    Pros

    -learned a lot
    -coworkers are great
    -casual work environment
    -flexible work/life balance (although hours can be long)

    Cons

    -always worried about layoffs
    -management very short-term profit focused vs long term growth
    -struggling to redefine itself
    -no room for growth, especially in Virginia

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Executive turnover is too high. Need executives who motivate employees to innovate and get back on top of the Internet.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Manager On Duty - NOC

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    Current Employee - MOD NOC  in  Ashburn, VA
    Current Employee - MOD NOC in Ashburn, VA

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

    Pros

    They provide some great compensation

    Cons

    none that i am aware of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    communication

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Awesome work culture - very laid back and easy going

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AOL as an intern

    Pros

    Everyone is friendly at the office and always willing to help. Great leaders and potential growth for any employee.

    Cons

    There is constant change which can seem overwhelming at times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Reinvention is happening

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance. Enjoy working with many accomplished and smart people. Very supportive of employees in terms of offering opportunities for training and education. AOL is a diamond in the rough, on it's way to shine again.

    Cons

    Lack of clarity from management on strategy and company objectives. Slow to embrace changes in market.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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