AOL Reviews

Updated March 23, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Company lost its charm

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AOL

    Pros

    Cricket pitch, close to home, people you work with are nice

    Cons

    frequently changing leadership and company direction - you can never understand what the company is upto; always laying off people; not aggressive in the market

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    With the frequently changing leadership and company direction, and constant layoffs you are never going to attarct any new talent

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Great overall experience working at an AOL brand startup company in San Francisco.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Crunchbase in San Francisco, CA
    Current Intern - Crunchbase in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at AOL as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Fantastic work environment and office amenities, as well as engaging and varied intern assignments are a plus.

    Cons

    Company culture seems a bit lacking.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. We had a great leadership team and great people for the most part. It was a fun place to work.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AOL

    Pros

    Great leadership training and support. Many opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    Some issues in consistency with regards to accountablity. Some team managers did not hold people accountable therefore making it harder for those who followed the rules when it came time for team shift changes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too much outsourcing killed my desire to outperform others. It started with the tech deparment. Then it happened to each department I transferred to within a few years of readjusting my skill sets.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Great Place to Work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AOL

    Pros

    This is a great place to work.

    Cons

    None that comes to mind.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Uninspired product/tech driven by bloated, spoiled salesforce

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

    I worked at AOL full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    A few good apples, some solid tech assets. Decent benefits.

    Cons

    Salesforce is far too big and far too dominant in driving strategy and operations. They suck the life out of the company and kill profit margins (often with multiple commissions drawn on a single deal). Acquisition strategy is not horrible but is undermined by post-acquisition execution and integration. CEO and management have fullblown collective ADD. Mission is so broad as to justify any change in strategy. Poor prospects for career growth. Sniper layoffs and constant cost cutting. Late to almost every digital battle with half baked products. Inadequate engineering/tech resources behind every product. Passive aggressive culture full of constant disrespect. I could go on. Tim Armstrong is a mess and should be let go but he is chairman of the board etc etc

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Split up the company, spin off media, advertising, and subscription business. Barbell strategy is a joke.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Good benefits come at the price of constant layoffs

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager

    I have been working at AOL

    Pros

    Great perks, pretty good work-life balance, flexible and casual, wants to be "fun"

    Cons

    Constant fear of layoffs makes everyone paranoid. It is hard to trust the company or the people you work with. Office politics and personal feelings dictate important decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When employees raise issues and concerns about the leadership, don't ignore them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Nice people, get little done culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at AOL

    Pros

    Good work life balance - you can work as much or as little as you like
    , nice people, interesting problems

    Cons

    If you really want to make a big impact it is hard to push through all of the red tape and get things done
    Also a very rigid approach to bonuses and promotions - more tenure based than performance based

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Good lifestyle. Lots of layoffs.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AOL full-time

    Pros

    Great lifestyle. Nice people. Opportunities to learn a lot

    Cons

    Many layoffs. Somewhat unpredictable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many layoffs and too frequently cause a lack of loyalty

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Good so far

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Database Administrator in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Database Administrator in Dulles, VA

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

    Pros

    Has very good potential for great learning opportunities. Lot of knowledgeable people around.

    Cons

    Layoffs, and not having great managers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Great place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Video Operations in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Video Operations in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Fair compensation, generous benefits, smart and friendly people, fun office environment with cool perks (such as nap rooms), a fast-paced environment exponential growth, commitment to volunteering. Also HuffPost Live and the BUILD series, both of which brings top-tier talent and celebrities from a variety of fields into the office.

    Cons

    Top-heavy management structure makes it difficult to advance; the company changes its mission and pivots its focus every few months

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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