AOL Reviews

Updated October 24, 2014
Updated October 24, 2014
648 Reviews
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648 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.  

    Awesome company to work in

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AOL full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good Salary, Great benefits and awesome work-life balance

    Cons

    Teams too small to support all the projects

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Satisfied

    • 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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    -Good work life balance
    -Flexibility (able to WFH when needed)
    -Fun, energetic atmosphere and colleagues
    -Constant change

    Cons

    -have to find and conquer challenges in order to stand out
    -many hoops to jump through to get anything done
    -management not always transparent about upcoming changes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't spring layoffs on employees.
    Find fewer more manageable goals and execute change flawlessly (vs many overly lofty goals that end up getting postponed, or not given the attention needed)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    Layoffs :(

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AOL full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    A great place for a young professional to break into the tech industry.

    You have a large amount of autonomy over your work and can creatively find a way to get to a solution.

    Flexible hours and vacation time that you're encouraged to use.

    Cons

    There is always a threat of layoffs.... ALWAYS. On a quarterly basis it seems.

    Priorities are always changing. AOL needs to stick to a direction and commit fully to it.

    Too many legacy systems/servers.

    Not enough money put into tech teams.

    Not enough transparency, especially around layoffs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Morale is shockingly low due to layoffs, unless you want a brain drain, be transparent about why they are happening and minimize them.

    Pick a priority and stick to it. All of these name changes and new priorities are tiring.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Pretentious, washed up and over-valued.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Product Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at AOL full-time (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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Mixed bag

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    • 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

    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
  7.  

    AOL

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8.  

    An average company with new growing pains

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9. 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 (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
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    In spite of its abundant problems, it was an interesting place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at AOL full-time (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
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Always worried about layoffs

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA

    I worked at AOL full-time (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

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