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Updated September 25, 2017
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  • good culture and work life balance (in 172 reviews)

  • The culture/ the work environment is awesome (in 89 reviews)

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  1. "Good Place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AOL full-time

    Pros

    -Good benefits through Verizon
    -401k match, cell phone bill discount, good health care

    Cons

    -Future is cloudy with Yahoo and AOL mering into Oath
    -Layoffs


  2. "Will Oath Be The Same Company?"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Dulles, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    With AOL, creativity and culture were baked into the DNA. Teams were fun and projects were many. No day was the same. I cannot say if Oath will retain that same DNA.

    Cons

    Layoffs - while not as frequent as they once were they still remove some very talented people from the company.

  3. "Sr SW QA Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Senior QA Engineer in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Senior QA Engineer in Dulles, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great folks to work with, good benefits, great engineering, flexible work arrangements

    Cons

    outsourcing, not transfer of knowledge between teams


  4. "Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AOL full-time

    Pros

    flexible hours and friendly work environment

    Cons

    not the highest morale of the company


  5. "Good place to grow your career"

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

    I worked at AOL full-time

    Pros

    Competitive salary, good benefits, chance to learn from experienced professionals

    Cons

    There are a lot of layoffs


  6. "Good experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AOL full-time

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Good Management.

    Cons

    Lots of mergers and layoffs


  7. "Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AOL full-time

    Pros

    Awesome work environment
    Friendly colleagues
    Good management

    Cons

    Senior management is disconnected in few of their decescions

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company - But Not For A Long-Term Career"

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

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

    Pros

    Great office. Good people. A very good work/life balance. A chance to learn a lot, but always be prepared for things to change quickly.

    Cons

    Pay is average, if not below industry average for some positions. Besides the annual layoffs, there seems to be a lot a turnover. It's as though AOL's a good place to get industry experience, but then leave for something more longterm.

    Advice to Management

    Sometimes less is more. Tim Armstrong is an intelligent man with a good vision, but there are times AOL overreaches (Yahoo merger, acquisitions...)


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to start but leadership and management are horrific"

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    Former Employee - Prefer Not to Say in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Prefer Not to Say in Dulles, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free food on Wednesday's, although with the merger between Verizon, AOL, and Yahoo free food is everyday. You can move up within the company fairly quickly, if you know what you're doing, solid worker, and aren't too much of a slacker. Work is fairly easy and straight-forward, great ways to make new connections for networking, happy hours on-site, and everyone is pretty helpful and loves helping everyone else to get the job done.

    Cons

    Kiss up to management if you want to get anywhere, many directors do not know what they're doing let alone managers. Management won't help you unless you're one to kiss up to management and do exactly what they say when they say it. When they say jump, you better say how high.

    Tenureship doesn't mean anything and with multiple lay-offs happening 2-3 times a year, which is understandable, but the good employees who are solid workers, get the job done, been there over 10 years plus, and know what they're doing are the first to go.

    Racism, stereotypes, lack of leadership development skills, pettiness, favoritism, and sexual harassment happen on the daily. And again, unless you know a good manager who's been there a long time or on the good side of a director, they will NOT do anything about any of these issues. Dealt with racism from a director every day and sexual harassment from a co-worker and HR did NOTHING. If you want to work for a company that takes pride in that, this is the place to be.

    Advice to Management

    Look at who you are hiring, look at what jobs are actually being completed and targeted for success within projects, tasks, support, and management. You have a director in your company who is racist to individuals, make fun of individuals who he does not like, and he thinks it's funny and just having "fun". It's racist and should not be tolerated.

    Sexual harassment should NEVER be tolerated in the workplace and women in IT have to consistently prove themselves. Men have seen sexual harassment and are told be quiet about it and not say anything or they'll ensure they will not move up within the company or will be fired on the next lay-off.

    Train your management and leadership teams to step up to the plate. Hire and keep your good employees and understandably so, cutting back on budgets, there are other ways than letting great employees go.


  10. "Fun Place to Work and Meet People"

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

    I worked at AOL full-time

    Pros

    Flexible time off, attractive office, fun and easy going coworkers

    Cons

    Repetitive work, hard to get promoted


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