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  • good culture and work life balance (in 173 reviews)

  • The culture/ the work environment is awesome (in 92 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "AOL"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting work and lots to learn

    Cons

    Constant fear of loosing the job. Typically twice a year


  2. "Stay away from AOL and Verizon's "Media Co""

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some big brands with lot of eyeballs like Huff Post and Tech crunch. The world's most amazing mapping site - mapquest. Yep. mapquest.

    Cons

    It has the hire and fire culture of startup with the agility of a big corporation. Verizon is trying to duct tape together a media co to take on Google and Facebook but it does not have the product or engineering DNA to pull that off. Internally, AOL is a bunch of acquisitions that have not been integrated. To really understand the company Google "Tim Armstrong" "patch" and "leaked audio". Yep that happened.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to build a media co you need to put the right executives in place. Cutting an pasting teleco sales people as tech vice presidents does not work. Treating engineers like disposable razor blades will get you a reputation in the valley.

  3. "Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at AOL full-time

    Pros

    Good work and life balance

    Cons

    too much changes for no reasons


  4. "Some smart people working on hard stuff"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very collegial.
    Data are the primary focus.
    Great resources.
    Lots of freedom to work on hard problems.

    Cons

    Somewhat academic feeling and company not recognized by peers.
    Turnover of personal.
    Working long hours.

    Advice to Management

    Create a time machine and get out of the nineties. You have to modernize to survive.


  5. "Great People, Chaotic Environment."

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people. Most people are still there because they are optimistic, and they want to do something. Everyone has a plan for turning the company around, so there is a lot of opportunity to do something.

    Cons

    Not a lot of focus. Leadership regularly has to refocus everyone because of some short term crunch. Normally this results in layoffs and other morale lowering activities.


  6. "PM Advertising Tech"

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of smart people, engaging products. Great freedom to choose project and work.

    Cons

    Compensation on the lower end.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Satisfactory"

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good culture
    experience working with large teams

    Cons

    changing management and focus
    doesnt build forward looking products

    Advice to Management

    be transparent so its easy for employees to trust management

  8. "AOL in CA"

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    Former Contractor - Contract Recruiter in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Contractor - Contract Recruiter in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AOL as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Awesome eclectic and energetic environment. Amazing Teams of Intellectual Entrepreneurial Engineers.

    Cons

    Nothing to share at this time.


  9. "Nice people, get little done culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good work life balance - you can work as much or as little as you like
    , nice people, interesting problems

    Cons

    If you really want to make a big impact it is hard to push through all of the red tape and get things done
    Also a very rigid approach to bonuses and promotions - more tenure based than performance based


  10. "Educational"

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    Current Employee - Senior Visual Designer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Visual Designer in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits, fun people, nice office space

    Cons

    no career path for designers

    Advice to Management

    Embrace design


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