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Updated May 23, 2017
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  • Work/Life balance needs to be improved because it is not consistent across the board (in 25 reviews)

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

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  1. "Yes, we are still around."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I love my job!
    Not sure how other teams work but my team is small, we have been given tremendous autonomy, and room to grow.

    Cons

    Not really sure what other people do here...

    Advice to Management

    Great job on maintaining the entrepreneurial spirit . I appreciate the lack of micro management. Could do a better job having meetings be relevant to all the people attending.


  2. "Accounting Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Accountin Director in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Accountin Director in Dulles, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AOL full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great fast pace environment. The largest start-up! Very dynamic, lots to learn. Great and intelligent people to work with. Great benefits and compensation.

    Cons

    High turnover, high volatility, constant switching of bosses.


  3. "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


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  5. "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.


  6. "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.


  7. "System Architect"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  8. "Inspiring Leadership, Frequent Re-Orgs"

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    • Senior Management
    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)


  9. "AOL - pretty, pretty, pretty good"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beverly Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beverly Hills, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AOL full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pretty good pay (but stagnant), bonuses, etc. Good benefits and perks. Flexible. Good group of people. Money could be tossed at problems when need be. Cater to your interests.

    Cons

    No advancement opportunities - at least in my department. No raises. Uninterested, rotating management team. No real leader.

    Advice to Management

    Nurture talent better. Take a look at the micro level. At least show some interest in employees and the work that they do. In regards to video content, find a strong, cohesive vision. The creative direction changes every year - none of them successful.


  10. "Great locations and Sr. Leadership"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AOL full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great working environment - Offices have nice cafes, free beverages, gym with towel service, etc. Good mix of tech, marketing, product, legal, HR in Dulles. Sr. Leadership is passionate and transparent. Verizon connection means good choice of moving jobs.

    Cons

    Dulles location sure to be hit with changes related to Verizon and Yahoo mergers. Lower level leadership is hit or miss. Sr. Leadership is in NYC, not Dulles.

    Advice to Management

    More skip levels to find out opinions of local leadership.


  11. "I loved my job...."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Dulles, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    AOL was really good at recognizing talent and offering great bonuses and perks. Working for one of the top leading media technology companies, in the world, was a rush!

    Cons

    The latest acquisition of Yahoo! ... too soon.


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