There are newer employer reviews for AOL

 

A fast paced, fun, entrepreneurial atmosphere.

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Dulles, VA
Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Dulles, VA

I worked at AOL full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

Accomplishments are recognized, upward mobility encouraged.

Cons

Longer hours, a little of the pesky company politics.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

647 Other Employee Reviews for AOL (View Most Recent)

Sort: Rating Date
  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not Yet Ready For Millennials

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lead Software Engineer in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Lead Software Engineer in Dulles, VA

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

    Pros

    * Competitive pay
    * Fantastic culture
    * Most if not all of the newer, non-legacy teams are fun to work with

    Cons

    If you are a younger developer, approach roles at AOL with caution. While there are certainly many teams at AOL that are surprisingly receptive to new ideas, there are still a number of legacy groups (esp. among the Dulles teams) that remain very hostile to change. It is not uncommon to find some young, startup-ready developer be humiliated in front of his team in retaliation for recommending a new process or tool that goes against the norm. These guys usually end up walking or being forced right out the door and we lose some solid talent that could have helped us turn the company around.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have HR check in with your younger hires (esp. your legacy and Dulles hires) more frequently throughout their first year at AOL to ensure you don't lose them to volatile managers. If these younger folks are seeing resistance from their managers with regard to change in processes and tools, their frustration will be apparent and you can take the next steps.

    Additionally, keep a close watch on who is being kicked out of the door and really scrutinize these kids being placed on probationary measures. These can also and have been avenues of retaliation, and may actually indicate a need to move one of these guys to a better environment before they simply take another offer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Constant pressure to reduce headcount, continuous layoffs and a focus on shareholder value instead of making the company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Dulles, VA

    I have been working at AOL full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Potentially interesting technology and applications to work on, company has no debt, if you are in one of the semi-autonomous groups , then your work life is pretty good. Layoff benefits are not bad

    Cons

    Constant layoffs, and depending on department either in large blocks as in traditional layoffs or ongoing, continuous, layoffs of one and two people per week. Depressed work force that is always behind the curve.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tim and his management team need to realize employees are not just a form of expense. The constant layoffs, reduction in benefits and cost cutting has ruined what was a great place only one year ago

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
There are newer employer reviews for AOL

Work at AOL? Share Your Experiences

AOL

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.