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Updated February 23, 2017
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Pros
  • Good work life balance for new hires (in 147 reviews)

  • Fast-paced, dynamic and flexible work environment (in 80 reviews)

Cons
  • 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. "Account Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  2. "Chaotic but always fun"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team, everyone`s enthusiastic and passionate about their work, you always find someone to learn from.

    Cons

    Quite bureaucratic, things might take long to get sorted but eventually it will be all done.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good job


  3. "AOL"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    L'équipe est bien qualifiée, jolie bureau

    Cons

    La culture est faible, pas d'ambiance


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  5. "A Great Atmosphere with lots of technologies"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    - People
    - Location
    - Freedom
    - Interesting Work
    - Constantly Changing

    Cons

    - Staff Canteen is nice with a great view, but selection could be better when compared to other tech companies.


  6. "Good, Bad, and Ugly"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AOL full-time

    Pros

    -Great pay and benefits
    -Flexible about working from home
    -Good culture - workday socials, emphasis on volunteering, team events
    -Respects work/life balance
    -Good corporate transparency

    Cons

    -Always restructuring and re-orging
    -Upper management has no idea what people on the ground are doing/dealing with
    -Quick to let talent walk out the door
    -HR listens, but doesn't act and can be unethical and unprofessional

    Advice to Management

    Fire the "leaders" who are all talk. Take some time to speak with those below director level to find out what's really going on. Don't let good talent walk out the door. Reassess your HR team. They don't know what they're doing.


  7. "Incompetent managment"

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    • 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.


  8. "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.


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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. "Account Executive"

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    • Culture & Values
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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.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Challenging but hard work may not get you anywhere"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Coworkers are very talented
    Nice benefits package
    Challenging work

    Cons

    Unless you're some type of genius, hard work may get you nowhere. It's very difficult to advance
    Senior management clueless
    Business goals change too often resulting in layoffs
    Perceived job insecurity
    Raises are insufficient, compensation not competitive

    Advice to Management

    You want to compete with Google, FB? Fully integrate all your products and stop beating around the bush.



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