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Updated April 26, 2017
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  • Pay could be better, but there is a good work life balance (in 24 reviews)

  • 9 years to reach a senior management position unless you're some kind of prodigy) (in 40 reviews)

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  1. "Great Leadership, Great Products"

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

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

    Pros

    Smart group of people who are very dedicated

    Cons

    no viable process to seamlessly integrate acquired companies

    Advice to Management

    Need to stick to long term vision


  2. "Great people"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AOL (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people at aol are smart, hardworking and really want to win.

    Cons

    Their offering is so vast - it's hard to do anything really well.


  3. "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.


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  5. "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.


  6. "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.


  7. "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Dulles, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, work culture, technical opportunities

    Cons

    seasons of unstability.Upper management changes constantly


  8. "System Architect"

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    Former Employee - Systems Architect in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Systems Architect in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AOL (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Aol allows employee to be flexible on how they solve problems.

    Cons

    Projects are often started then cancelled with much due diligence.

    Advice to Management

    Set clear company direction and empower your employees to help your company exceed.


  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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    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)


  11. "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


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