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Updated December 10, 2017
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  • good culture and work life balance (in 176 reviews)

  • The culture/ the work environment is awesome (in 91 reviews)

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  1. "summer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AOL part-time

    Pros

    Relaxed working environment. Fun events you can attend.

    Cons

    A bit lost as to how everything works.


  2. "Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AOL full-time

    Pros

    Had the feel of a smaller company.

    Cons

    Lacking a strong vision / direction during transitional period

  3. "A good long run"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AOL full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    AOL had an environment like none other. It will be sad to no longer be a part of it.

    Cons

    There shouldn't still be a divide between men/women in tech. With such a forward thinking company, this still exists in plenty. Many areas within have overcome this hurdle, but a lot of the engineering level positions remain male-dominant without any real access to possible career advancement for women. "Be happy with what you have."

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  4. "Senior Accountant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AOL full-time

    Pros

    - Work life balance
    - Management

    Cons

    Termations are frequent facts that impacts all teams at least once a year.


  5. "Joined after the glory days"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AOL full-time

    Pros

    Smart people
    Room to grow
    Great locations

    Cons

    Too many acquisitions
    High senior management turnover


  6. "Anonymous review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. Great culture. Great Facility. Collaborative working environment. I love coming into to work everyday.

    Cons

    With the recent acquisition, there is a lot of uncertainty.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great way to start a career. Terrible way to finish one."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at AOL full-time

    Pros

    Great work environment. Huge portfolio boost.

    Cons

    "Drink-The-Koolaid" Mentality. While a great way to start a career. It would be a shame to end up there later down the road. Hard to progress pass middle-management.

  8. "Great work life balance, lots of politics, no growth, growth for women NIL"

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    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Dulles, VA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AOL full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Worked there for 10yrs and left voluntarily. Work life balance is amazing. Everyone is had a laid back attitude. Benefits are great with Verizon being parent company. Worked on more than 8 different teams, most of them had really nice tech stack. They embrace open source technologies.

    Cons

    Promotions are hard to come by. It’s usually once every 5-6 yrs or longer if you don’t keep pushing for it. Upper management has no interest in looking into problems down stream. They are only worried about bonus. Not a great place for career women to work, they will see their male colleagues grow when they remain in the same grade. Women are not promoted or awarded period (as seen in the teams I have worked with). After yahoo merger, the management is clueless, so they layoff in the name of restructuring to kill time. On the mark every 6 months there is a layoff. Burn that in stone and get used to it.

    Advice to Management

    When you sponsor Women who code, make sure they are awarded too. This has to change all over, not just making statements in press and let it go.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Zero Focus, High Turnover"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at AOL full-time

    Pros

    -Good culture and perks
    -Free food

    Cons

    -No real focus and always changing the org
    -Makes tons of acquisitions but ends up laying off people every few months for years

    Advice to Management

    -Get it together as you are losing great people


  10. "Best place to work in terms of technology and culture."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AOL full-time

    Pros

    I like the culture at AOL and also the Technology used here. Best place to work in terms of work life balance.

    Cons

    Career growth is limited as its a turn around story. Most of the time you hear about Lay-offs so be open

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work and work in launching the product people love


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