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AOL Reviews

Updated December 11, 2014
Updated December 11, 2014
664 Reviews
3.5
664 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • flexible work/life balance (although hours can be long) (in 86 reviews)

  • Or if you want to work from home (in 22 reviews)


Cons
  • The senior management really don't care much about the company except, for each for their own piece (in 27 reviews)

  • The department you work in determines what kind of work life balance you will have (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good place to work, family friendly, competitive salary, company doing well.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Great for moms/parents, competitive salaries. Parts of the company are really growing ahead of pace of the industry. Recent acquisitions have set up the company for more growth and success. Letting the individual brands under the AOL umbrella run somewhat autonomously makes decision making more fluid and feel like a smaller company.

    Cons

    Politics like everywhere. Turnover and restructuring are a regular occurrence though a lot of turnover is due to employees being wooed away to other companies. AOL's brand reputation remains a head-scratcher to the general public and doesn't match the growth, success and stock price increase over the last few years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on the brand reputation to lure talent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good team and laid back working enviroment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Management Intern in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Product Management Intern in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    good environment, good team, keep moving forward

    Cons

    It is a big and old company. People spent a lot of time on communication.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    loved working here wish i was back there!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Advertising Sales Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Advertising Sales Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at AOL full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    great people, nice offices and loved the AOL Brand

    Cons

    revolving door on management at the time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    Barely hanging in there

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AOL full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    You can learn a lot and the benefits are pretty good. I worked there for a very long time and it was fantastic back in the day.

    Cons

    AOL is trying to turn around and has been for MANY years. The company keeps chasing the next big thing, but doesn't really dedicate the resources to give new ideas a chance. Then, when it fails, they lay off a bunch of people and move on to the next big idea. AOL is your buddy who always has that next sure fire plan that'll make him rich.

    What it boils down to is that AOL is no longer growing. Everything is short term thinking, "We can save $5 today!" not caring that it'll cost the company $100 in a year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You will never turn around the company if you don't put your energy into projects and stop thinking short term. Wall Street is already on to you. They know you are failing when you lay off employees frequently just so you can try to make your numbers.

    It's time to move on from Tim. Sales guys are great at sales, not usually leading an entire company. The loopy people he's bringing in as personal advisors shows a lot.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves 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. 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
  8. 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 .

  9.  

    great company

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    • 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
  10. 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
  11.  

    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

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