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Updated March 4, 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. "AOL Doesn't Build Brands People Love. AOL Only Builds a Hostile Work Environment."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Brand Ambassador in New York, NY
    Current Intern - Brand Ambassador in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The famous celebrities that are invited to appear on AOL's BUILD Series will treat you with more respect than what you get from your own bosses.

    Cons

    You will never have an opportunity to grow within the company. If you start gaining forward momentum, out of pure jealousy, upper management will pull the rug out from underneath you. Never before in my life have I experienced people with so much power act like elementary school children...until I started working for AOL. Instead of encouraging people to help build a healthy company, management creates a toxic, cold and lifeless environment. Avoid working for AOL's BUILD Series at all costs. Don't walk. Run.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be an investigation on upper management at BUILD. The people running the show have no clue as to how a real production studio works. They also treat their interns and employees horribly. Management needs to recognize employees who care about the company and want to do great things for AOL instead of pretending like they don't exist.


  2. "Incompetent managment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I don't see any pros.

    Cons

    Constant uncertainty of layoffs.


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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  5. "Says they care but they don't"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Fast-paced work, if you enjoy it.

    Good people and culture (but then again...see below)

    Cons

    - Like what one other reviewer said - the company says they care, but they really don't. Redundancies at the end of the year leading to Christmas is crazy. Talented employees get booted out just like that with a meagre package. You need to look for a job within a month at least to be on your feet again...which is almost impossible, unless if you've already had some kind of backup plan. I've also seen newly hired colleagues being let go a short while after they joined the company.

    - At All Hands in the weeks before, everything is presented as fine and dandy and awards were also given out to employees. Then this happens. Something is totally disconnected with the company's leadership.

    - Very U.S. focused. Not global at all, even if they say they are.

    Advice to Management

    Very short term thinking. What kind of employer treats its employees like that? How can you not think all this will not affect AOL culture with the remaining employees when they see what happens every year?


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    "Business Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at AOL full-time

    Pros

    Relaxed culture ... that's about it. Just typing out extra words to fill the 20 word minimum at this point.

    Cons

    Salary sucks
    Lack of interesting and meaningful work
    Lack of upwards mobility
    Leadership who has no idea what they're doing makes important business decisions
    Constant restructuring

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people below you more, place more value in their input
    Stop playing so much politics
    Learn the PRODUCT that you run


  7. "Na"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AOL part-time

    Pros

    Company atmosphere, free drinks, lovely office

    Cons

    No room for growth,

    Advice to Management

    Be kind


  8. "Account Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at AOL full-time

    Pros

    Compensation is competitive to other companies

    Cons

    Still stuck in the 90's, no movement or growth (or growth but it takes 4 months to process.)


  9. "Don't do it"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AOL as a contractor

    Pros

    Good people, flexible time, the capacity to do great things despite actively choosing not to.

    Cons

    The idea of advancement is a joke. You get forced to work at a level above your superiors for no money and empty promises. Run as fast as you can the other way or get left in the lurch,

    Advice to Management

    Follow through when you say you care about talent. People working above me can hardly use excel and yet you expect cohesive teams and happy people.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Most mediocre technology"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Senior Software Engineer in Baltimore, MD
    Current Contractor - Senior Software Engineer in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at AOL as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    No benefits of working for these mediocre people. Go work for startups in Baltimore if you want to grow in your career

    Cons

    Worst people and worst technology. Components call other components. Lack design and thought process. Great place for J2EE people but worst for J2SE as nothing to learn here

    Advice to Management

    Management doesn't care other than making money via clicks. Business is good so careless about people. I see it's approaching end


  11. "Sales"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at AOL as a contractor

    Pros

    Vision
    Senior Leadership (US)
    Global ambition
    Fun
    Agility

    Cons

    Poor execution
    Poor local management
    Lack of integration
    Lack of focus
    No structure or process to enable vision



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