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AOL Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated December 10, 2014
Updated December 10, 2014
666 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • flexible work/life balance (although hours can be long) (in 86 reviews)

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


Cons
  • The senior management really don't care much about the company except, for each for their own piece (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.  

    Great People, Rough Leadership

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

    I worked at AOL

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    manager with poor people skills

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at AOL

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    No support for advancing your career at AOL

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

    I have been working at AOL

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Challenge your subordinates and let them grow outside your position

    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Herding Kittens

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6.  

    Why are we still treading water?

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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

    Pros

    Time off is good and the benefits are ok

    Cons

    No coherent Strategy for how to actually do anything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire new blood then quit.

    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

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

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

    I have been working at AOL

    Pros

    The health benefits are good.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your act together.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at AOL

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    The Internet portal with the brightest future potential.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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

    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

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