AOL Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated March 24, 2014
Updated March 24, 2014
626 Reviews
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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. 2 people found this helpful  

    2 Year Max

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    Be with dynamic people in an innovative company.

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    Current Employee - Sales  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at AOL full-time

    Pros

    Community connections through civil service activities and team building workshops, well known brand in the marketplace who is providing the only other technology stack rivaling Google, great benefits and competitive salary.

    Cons

    A large company is often difficult to navigate, some divisions are closer linked than others to the main corporate structure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    continue to take care of your best people and they will stay

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Smooth experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at AOL

    Pros

    San Francisco office is well-designed and intended to be a collaborative work environment. Benefits are good, pay is good. HR/infrastructure works well and isn't full of red tape.

    Cons

    Always in fear that the company is going to go under one day. I believe in our mission and our goals, but it's continually not reflected in the numbers.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    The Internet portal with the brightest future potential.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at AOL

    Pros

    AOL 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Consult with employees more frequently on internal changes through surveys.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Not like the AOL we all know

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    AOL is one of the first tech companies, but still manages to stay current - smart acquisitions, releasing better technology and products, positive and fun workplace environment.

    Cons

    As with any large corporation, positions are very specialized with less room to grow. Red tape, negative/unfavorable public image from AOL's dial-up service (working on this)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When there are meetings asking for feedback from employees, act on the feedback and let it be known that you have heard them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at AOL

    Pros

    Great People, good salary, great snacks

    Cons

    No money in the place at all

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    better filters on hiring as they dont know who is in the house

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Herding Kittens

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at AOL

    Pros

    AOL 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.

    Cons

    You 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 ManagementAdvice

    Dear 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.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Advertising Sales Director

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    Former Employee - Advertising Sales Director  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Advertising Sales Director in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    AOL has been called "the dirt road to the information super highway". It was one of the first businesses on the internet. It has a long history. AOL has a product for everything on the web giving employees exposure to everything. It's content owned business connects with a great audience. It's a great training ground as an introduction to digital sales.

    Cons

    AOL can be a challenge in getting anything done. It still acts like a big company with many departments. It can be very difficult to navigate and get approvals to get business from beginning to end. People don't own a project or their work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    simplify. remove the politics. champion talent. Know who you are.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Outside Sales Professional

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    Former Employee - Senior Advertising Manager  in  Lafayette, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Advertising Manager in Lafayette, CA

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

    Pros

    The Product, Outside Sales, Customer Service, Sales.

    Cons

    Getting Laid Off. Mico-managing even while exceeding goals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    I bring structure to chaos. It soul sucking

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    Current Employee - Manager of Systems Administration  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Manager of Systems Administration in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at AOL

    Pros

    - Good benefits
    - Great people
    - Flexible hours
    - Flexible locations

    Cons

    - Too much bureaucracy
    - Moves to slowly
    - Some parts of the organization are immature

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - dont leak your master plan, man

    Approves of CEO

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