AOL Reviews

Updated February 23, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    manager with poor people skills

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at AOL

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    cool factor (aol/video), great downtown location, allow MAC desktops, young and talented crowd.
    very good technical challenges and powerful upper management that is efficient when implementing changes or push for a new release.

    Cons

    Terrible manager with no people skills, not technical enough to make decision and prone to change his position under the pressure of any character making a point. manager not believing in initiative nor rewarding success,

    Advice to Management

    allow real open door policy at all level so issues can be work outside the circle of buddies .

  2. People are amazing - company is in constant limbo.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Director, Product Marketing in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Director, Product Marketing in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at AOL full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    People. Pay. Culture. People. People.

    Cons

    Disorganized. Under resourced. Lacks good direction.

  3. Helpful (2)

    Meh

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Editor in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Editor in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at AOL full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, nice office, friendly coworkers. The office can be a fun place to work, and I always had access to the equipment I needed.

    Cons

    Outdated company, resistance to change, old/uninformed management for a tech company. Management didn't seem to come from or understand tech.

    Advice to Management

    Hire a few new people fro outside the company into management positions for a fresh perspective.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Advertising Sales Director

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Advertising Sales Director in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Advertising Sales Director in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at AOL full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  6. Helpful (1)

    Outside Sales Professional

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Advertising Manager in Lafayette, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Advertising Manager in Lafayette, CA

    I worked at AOL full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    The Product, Outside Sales, Customer Service, Sales.

    Cons

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

  7. I bring structure to chaos. It soul sucking

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    - dont leak your master plan, man

  8. Great People, Rough Leadership

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at AOL

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    * Great team members
    * Easy access to needed resources
    * Above average compensation and benefits
    * Nice facilities
    * Interesting work, depending on the group you are in

    Cons

    Not all teams have great leadership. Often times great engineers will be put into management and leadership positions where they don't really belong. The looming threat of layoffs always made for tense times.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the good engineers where they belong, doing engineering work.

  9. No support for advancing your career at AOL

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at AOL

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart minds around and good accounts to work with.

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Challenge your subordinates and let them grow outside your position

  10. Why are we still treading water?

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Administrator in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Administrator in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at AOL

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Time off is good and the benefits are ok

    Cons

    No coherent Strategy for how to actually do anything.

    Advice to Management

    Hire new blood then quit.

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at AOL

    No opinion of CEO
    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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