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AOL New York Reviews

Updated July 31, 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. "Layoffs ALL the TIME"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Client Services Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Client Services Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance
    Decent pay/benefits
    Amazingly smart people

    Cons

    Talk a lot about diversity, yet there are not many minorities within the organization
    Layoffs are far too frequent...you always have the feeling "Am I Next"?
    Limited career advancement (unless you leave your department)

    Advice to Management

    Stop with all the mergers already


  2. "A lot of good things going on but too much happening at once"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice people, great benefits, flexible hours

    Cons

    Lack of communication between teams leads to overlap of work on major projects

  3. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Recruiting Coordinator in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Recruiting Coordinator in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture and people overall

    Cons

    Lack of internal mobility/clarity surrounding growth


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Account Executive"

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Reasonable time off/vacation.

    Cons

    Constant change in management, I had 6 managers in 1.5 years, this place cannot keep their talent and is a very depressing place to work. Constant layoffs and no regard for customers.

    Advice to Management

    Do not promote people into management roles without management training!!


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Marketing department is a mess"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Smart, passionate co-workers who are genuinely good people.

    Fun culture as far as happy hours, team outings and sales conferences.

    Cons

    There is no autonomy or ownership on projects and absolutely no vision or strategy on marketing initiatives. There are constantly too many cooks in the kitchen who have no experience on branding to make branding decisions, and then change their minds daily.

    The mid-level people actually implementing the work have to bear the brunt of these constant 180's, often with unreasonable timelines so work-life balance really suffers.

    It's a culture of fear. Innovation isn't encouraged, everyone is so scared to take a risk or make a decision, that all work ends up how it's always been done.

    Constant reorgs and layoffs also have a big impact on morale.

    Advice to Management

    Trust people to do their jobs. Actually make decisions, and stick to them. Be more transparent with organizational changes.


  6. "Day-to-Day Fun, Long Term Struggle"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Fun environment
    - Mostly great people
    - Some exciting initiatives

    Cons

    - Long term strategy is hazy at best
    - A lot of middle and upper management are basically the same type of superficial white guy

    Advice to Management

    Take bolder decisions in your leaders. Innovate more. Fully embrace the experimental/tech culture you showcase on the surface.


  7. "Decent job. Unpredictable but good for resume building."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AOL full-time

    Pros

    Having AOL on the resume definitely helps for future job searches. Pros: nice facilities with free beverages, great benefits with 401K match, competitive pay and reasonable work-life balance, nice perks like the occasional "spa day" and snacks from time to time, access to Build web series, nice coworkers.

    Cons

    Not a lot of room for career growth, frequent and unpredictable layoffs leading to an unstable work environment, constant acquisitions that lead to re-orgs, no real direction for the company - they are just trying to keep up with the competition but aren't focused enough to get ahead.

  8. "Production Manager"

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    Current Freelancer - Production Manager in New York, NY
    Current Freelancer - Production Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun, talented, down to earth people.

    Cons

    Frequent re-orgs, high employee turnover, leadership is strong but direction is scattered.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Selling crappy ads and crappy properties to megacorp"

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    Former Employee - Product Development Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Product Development Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, fun culture, good work/life balance, freedom to make an impact if you can execute, good mentors, good benefits,

    Cons

    Sold to Verizon, content is mediocre at best, overly focused on ad sales, very little solid product work being done, status quo breeds a kind of complacency especially on product side

    Advice to Management

    You're great... but you sell junk... after a while a lot of people burn out selling and serving ads aggressively with content as an afterthought. There's no genuine creativity left


  10. "Inspiring Leadership, Frequent Re-Orgs"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director, Training in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director, Training in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    AOL is on a mission to reinvent itself - and after being bought by Verizon, and with AOL leadership soon to take the helm in the anticipated merge with Yahoo! in 2017, you could make a strong case that they already have. Great work life balance and company culture. At least in NY and the West Coast, you can expect to be surrounded by smart people doing great work.

    Cons

    With the constant acquisition of startups fueling growth in new directions, shake-ups in team leadership, roles and responsibilities, and overall headcount are an almost quarterly occurrence for divisions close to the action. Fasten your seat belts, it's a bumpy ride.

    Advice to Management

    Less leadership hunger games and old guard pulling rank; more of what Tim Armstrong does best (disrupting the status quo while shooting from the hip)


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