AOL Reviews

Updated September 12, 2014
Updated September 12, 2014
626 Reviews
3.5
626 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • flexible work/life balance (although hours can be long) (in 82 reviews)

  • Or if you want to work from home (in 21 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management talks the talk, but doesn't walk the walk (in 27 reviews)

  • The department you work in determines what kind of work life balance you will have (in 10 reviews)

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  1.  

    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
  2.  

    Family friendly

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    Current Employee - Business Development Manager  in  Ashburn, VA
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Ashburn, VA

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

    Pros

    Excellent family friendly environment. Benefits are good. Not great but good. Success at AOL depends on what the company is doing at the time. In order to succeed one must roll with the punches and adapt quickly to the ever-changing environment.

    Cons

    Sad to say there are a lot of lay-offs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good benefits. Too many layoffs

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    Former Employee - Director  in  Sterling, VA
    Former Employee - Director in Sterling, VA

    I worked at AOL full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Most employees are great to work with. The goal of the CEO is a good one.

    Cons

    Senior management talks the talk, but doesn't walk the walk. Execution on CEO's goals is very sloppy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Walk the walk. Layoffs have made all teams skittish. Need to tear off the bandaid and get to work on rebuilding a reasonable culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company and culture. But lots of changes causing layoffs

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    Former Employee - Systems Administrator  in  Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Dulles, VA

    I worked at AOL full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    AOL offers good benefits. The general culture is easy going and family oriented. A lot of great talented people working there. During the early years the company was top notch providing employees with lots of training and opportunities to grow. Not so much now.

    Cons

    Company is trying to turn around causing lots of restructuring and layoffs. For the last 2 years there seems to be layoffs every 6 months. That is causing a lot of good talent to jump ship. It doesn't have anything to do with miss management but just a res structure of business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be opened and honest to employees about the future of the different departments and company over all.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8.  

    Good company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great people, flexible work environment. Great benefits, though not at strong as some competitors.

    Cons

    Not a ton of room for growth. Can be more of a reactive company, rather than proactive. layoffs happen fairly often, so the company can feel fractured at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more career development and opportunities to move up are needed.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    2 Year Max

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Generous Salary, Free Food, WFH

    Cons

    No growth opportunities, poor management, treat employees badly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    TAKE CARE OF YOUR EMPLOYEES!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Long.

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    Current Employee - Systems Architect
    Current Employee - Systems Architect

    I have been working at AOL full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Very flexible work/life balance. Great freedom to do write code the way you like and use the tools you want.

    Cons

    Not much room for growth. Yearly (at least) lay offs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The business plan of laying people off when you are not making your numbers could use some improvement. It's not typically the engineers' fault that products are failing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Constant Downsizings got tiring

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager  in  Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Dulles, VA

    I worked at AOL full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Vacation policy and most bosses allow for flexible hours and working from home. Good compensation and benefits. In the business of helping people.

    Cons

    Constant threat of downsizings, now occurring quarterly. State they are transparent but are not. Cliques.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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