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AOL Account Director Reviews

Updated May 3, 2017
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  • good culture and work life balance (in 169 reviews)

  • The culture/ the work environment is awesome (in 87 reviews)

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  1. "Account Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Director in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Account Director in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people and culture. Can achieve good Work/Life balance.

    Cons

    Very little room for career growth

    Advice to Management

    Create more opportunities for top performing employees to grow within the organization.


  2. "Trying to do too many things without doing anything well"

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    Former Employee - Account Director
    Former Employee - Account Director
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Relatively good work-life balance
    - Good benefits
    - Having a big brand name to put on your resume

    Cons

    - Lots of acquisitions, no clear integrations making the company too complex to work in
    - Most people in upper management seem to lack any clear vision
    - Very poor at innovating

    Advice to Management

    Need to focus on what the business will be like 5 years from now rather than pushing same old ads in the platforms business. Companies that will survive are the ones that will innovate or disrupt, not one that hopes to reach 2B consumers by doing the same things over and over again.

  3. "Account Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Account Director in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Account Director in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AOL full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great staff - people make the place!

    Cons

    Many changes with acquisitions coming on board

    Advice to Management

    Integrate your acquisitions better


  4. "AOL - Pre-Verizon Acquisition was Amazing!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great life/work balance. Outstanding training and resources available to sales. Very robust product suite.

    Cons

    Life was very different and challenging after the Verizon acquisition. Sometimes it felt like the company's direction was unclear.

    Advice to Management

    To Exec Management - Be more transparent and consistent.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "So close to success..."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to grow professionally. Great co-workers.

    Cons

    Constant change, lack of clarity on roles and responsibilities.

    Advice to Management

    Head out of the clouds; get out on the street.


  6. "Excellent place to work -sales"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very competitive comp. Excellent benefits. Great culture. Great people.

    Cons

    Stock options are not good enough to keep people at lower levels

    Advice to Management

    Spread the wealth


  7. "Always interesting, mostly good"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Director in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart, friendly colleagues. Generally positive energy. Good earning opportunities. Good overall workplace environment.

    Cons

    Sometimes the energy and urgency to 'invent the future' or 'beat the internet' results in some zig zagging of strategy or execution of the strategy. Can also trigger waves of turnover in key roles.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Avoid AOL if you can."

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    Current Employee - Account Director in Albany, NY
    Current Employee - Account Director in Albany, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    AOL pays well. Yep, that's about it.

    Cons

    Never have I workd at such a negative place. Upper management heavy. No positive reinforcement. Constant layoffs. Constant new policies. Constant frustration. if you do go to work there don't be surprised if you're laid off within a year. don't worry, their packages are fair. for the record i have not been laid off. yet

    Advice to Management

    Try treating the underlings like people


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Bureaucratic, slow moving, confusion"

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    Former Employee - Account Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Your future landlord, your high school english teacher, and your grandpa will be impressed to hear you work for AOL.

    Cons

    It's tough to feel motivated when it's hard to believe that there's a clear vision for the company. Hard to meet goals when it seems like the best thing to happen to the company would be if it is sold and gets new managment/new direction. There's not a lot of brand cache compared to other fast moving, innovative internet companies.

    Advice to Management

    There's a lot of content that could be better leveraged via advertising, but no central leadership on how to streamline advertising management and sales efforts. Direction on how to better leverage ad revenue should come from the top. Of course, any direction from the top would be nice.


  10. "A great place to work if you just do your job and don't look around too much"

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    Current Employee - Account Director
    Current Employee - Account Director
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Brand name, benefits, flexibility, good salary, that is all i can think of

    Cons

    Red Tape, corporate structure, constant change in corporate direction, poor management, concern about long term viability of the business model, working with a whole lot of people who are there just for the paycheck

    Advice to Management

    Tap into the smart people who already work for you, rather than hiring a bunch of people from Google who are making the same mistakes that have already been made. Believe it or not, there are some smart people who might have some of the answers and insights that you need, Tim. And, guess what? They aren't in management cuz they are not the brown nosers who made it into the inner circle of the former regime.