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Pros
  • Very good work life balance in genera (in 86 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Major shifts in vision and senior management (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. The Internet portal with the brightest future potential.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Consult with employees more frequently on internal changes through surveys.


  2. Smooth experience

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Be with dynamic people in an innovative company.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


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  5. Helpful (4)

    2 Year Max

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at AOL full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Generous Salary, Free Food, WFH

    Cons

    No growth opportunities, poor management, treat employees badly

    Advice to Management

    TAKE CARE OF YOUR EMPLOYEES!


  6. Herding Kittens

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  7. Good

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great People, good salary, great snacks

    Cons

    No money in the place at all

    Advice to Management

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


  8. Not like the AOL we all know

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AOL full-time (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 Management

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


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great overall experience working at an AOL brand startup company in San Francisco.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Crunchbase in San Francisco, CA
    Current Intern - Crunchbase in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fantastic work environment and office amenities, as well as engaging and varied intern assignments are a plus.

    Cons

    Company culture seems a bit lacking.


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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The health benefits are good.

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Get your act together.


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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    The 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 Management

    Senior 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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