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Updated April 20, 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. "Day-to-Day Fun, Long Term Struggle"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "Decent job. Unpredictable but good for resume building."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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.


  3. "Production Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Freelancer - Production Manager in New York, NY
    Current Freelancer - Production Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun, talented, down to earth people.

    Cons

    Frequent re-orgs, high employee turnover, leadership is strong but direction is scattered.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Selling crappy ads and crappy properties to megacorp"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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


  6. "Great company to work for if you work for the right division (not AOL One/Vidible)"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    AOL, now part of Verizon, has many different companies/divisions within it. AOL as a whole is a great company in that they offer amazing benefits (health care mostly covered by them, vision, dental, 401K with a company match, gym discounts, occasional happy hours, crazy holiday parties, etc.) but not all divisions there are created equal.

    Cons

    I worked for the video division, which was first 5 Min Media, then AOL On and now is under AOL One as part of the Vidible group. While I can recommend working for AOL the company, I cannot recommend working for AOL One or Vidible. At 5min/AOL On, everything was great. The team was happy, cohesive, comradery was strong and, best of all, supply was growing. Once management was taken over by the Vidible team though, it all of took a 160-degree turn.

    This is specifically why I am giving AOL 3 stars. I would give my first few years 5 stars and my last few years 1 star. As such, I’m going with an overall three in this review.

    The CTO is a nightmare to work with or for. The man expects you to always be working. In his opinion family, your personal life, sleep, health etc. all come after work. He is an extremely arrogant man who couldn’t care less for you or your partners. I once sat in a meeting with him where, when discussing how unhappy AOL On partners were with the abrupt and disastrous transition off of the AOL On platform to Vidible’s, his literal advice was to show them the door but using much harsher language.

    You also better not have any of your own ideas or opinions because, if you do, he doesn’t want to hear them. In his world, his opinion is the only one that matters and he can’t be bothered with your feeble thoughts.

    AOL wasn’t always like this. They used to encourage employees to speak up, push the boundaries, innovate and think out-side-the-box. Once Verizon took over and Tim Armstrong essentially disappeared.

    In other words, if you OK with working in an environment where you are expected to stand-in line, do as you are told and throw away any personal thoughts or opinions you have on improvements or innovation, this is the place for you. Otherwise, unless you desperately need a job or the offer is too good to pass up, I’d recommend staying away from any position within AOL One.

    Advice to Management

    Adopt your old methods that help make AOL a great company once more. Back when Tim Armstrong first joined and started to turn the ship around. This doom-and-gloom atmosphere is unhealthy and it’s no wonder some of your best talent is starting to jump ship. Employee happiness is important, don't forget that.


  7. "Account Executive"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AOL full-time

    Pros

    Great work life balance.
    Great environment

    Cons

    Career growth is questionable.
    Hard to move up.


  8. "Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AOL full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people and fun work environment, relatively good salary too.

    Cons

    Overall strategy shifts every 3 months- so sometimes you begin a project, only to have to switch gears just 3 months in. Can be extremely frustrating.


  9. "Unpredictable company, creative people"

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    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Creative and kind people with tech / media experience

    Cons

    Crazy, unpredictable - layoffs, M&A, etc.


  10. "Good and bad"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Sterling, VA
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Sterling, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Intelligent, engaging, hard working and supportive people
    - Great working environment
    - Nice learning place for internship and entry level applicants
    - Good place for families

    Cons

    - Sometimes some projects are exciting and challenging. Most of the time however work can get redundant.
    - Designing for something more vibrant and modern as they are trying to cater to younger audiences while using exsisting wireframe can be a challenge.


  11. "3 stars"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work and life balance

    Cons

    Too much company structure change.


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