AOL
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AOL Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated Mar 24, 2014
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3.6 16 reviews

                             

88% Approve of the CEO

AOL Chairman and CEO Tim Armstrong

Tim Armstrong

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58% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    No support for advancing your career at AOL

    Account Manager (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsSmart minds around and good accounts to work with.

    ConsDysfunctional leadership. Managers don't make decisive decisions across functional groups. All they do is reshuffle orgs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementChallenge your subordinates and let them grow outside your position

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    Executive Assistant (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsAOL offered very fair, if not superior compensation. The people I worked with were great, and clearly represented some of the best minds in the industry. The expectations given in terms of workload were entirely reasonable, and allowed me to find a great balance of work/personal life. AOL offered a superior benefits package that included vision and dental. In addition, working at AOL provided me with lots of opportunities for professional development.

    ConsYou are ultimately working for the people who bring the internet to our grandparents, and whom still have not found their new identity in the DSL and Cable connected internet world.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDear Management of AOL,

    I know that you are riding an ever aging dinosaur, and trying to figure out how to best monetize it before it dies. Be nimble. Change with times. Maybe, just maybe, there might still be some life in that old dinosaur.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Why are we still treading water?

    Senior Systems Administrator (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsTime off is good and the benefits are ok

    ConsNo coherent Strategy for how to actually do anything.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire new blood then quit.

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    The Internet portal with the brightest future potential.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsAOL has acquired and established partnerships with the best in class and strongest companies in all of the online arena allowing them to reach 90% of the Internet. Leadership is very transparent about results and good about recognizing employees for success. The new leadership team is moving quickly to integrate all acquired companies to form a unified organization that would be very competitive to Google, Yahoo and Microsoft. The company truly values training and development with the existence of AOLU (University) and work life balance in not driving employees over the edge. The culture is very down to earth and friendly.

    ConsThe negative and legacy perceptions of the company being associated with dial-up subscribers. Many do not understand the new business model of AOL.com now being free and accessible by anyone. There is a lot of change going on within the organization, especially now as integration is occurring with all of the acquired brands so one must be flexible and able to adapt to changing structures, teams and directions that are designed with the company's best interests in mind. It's difficult to see just how large the company is without working in the Dulles or New York offices where the company started and is now headquartered.

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsult with employees more frequently on internal changes through surveys.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    I've had better, I've had worse and therefore I'm just Neutral.

    Account Manager (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsThe best reasons to work here at AOL are;
    1- Life and Work Balance. Summer days (1/2 day Fridays) and flexible when needed.
    2- Old School internet culture= good fun people to work with.
    3- 'Potential.' The company has the potential to do so much better if they align the tools and technology they have and communicate effectively internally.

    ConsThe company is big and getting bigger- its harder to have good communication between the different businesses within AOL and the new businesses being acquired.
    And because of it's size- you have less opportunity to shine (depending on your position).

    Advice to Senior ManagementSenior Management needs to build from the ground up. Sometimes you cant fix certain parts in hopes that it will all work together. Maybe setup a team to really work on restructuring and processes.

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    Randy Falco needs to stop buying companies and focus on what he has now.

    Account Manager (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsThe health benefits are good.

    ConsVery low company morale. Plus, AOL itself it pretty archaic and not cool.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet your act together.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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