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Updated September 18, 2017
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  • good culture and work life balance (in 172 reviews)

  • The culture/ the work environment is awesome (in 89 reviews)

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  1. "Loved working at Aol"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Director in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Program Director in Dulles, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AOL (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Super smart, driven, hard-working people who are also nice and fun to work with. Good management. A real effort to make employees happy. Great pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Work-life balance....there is no balance. Got text messages from my boss at 8 p.m. while I was on vacation even though I had a team of people who could have handled the situation.


  2. "Accountant"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at AOL full-time

    Pros

    Best team and environment ever

    Cons

    Can't think of any Cons

  3. "Great co-workers but senior management clueless; constant layoffs"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging work
    Bright, smart, funny people
    Annual bonus program 10%
    Great benefits
    Snacks + drinks (although less after VZ bought them)
    Good work/life balance + vacation time

    Cons

    Very hard to climb the ladder. if not impossible
    Annual Reviews are crap - everyone gets a 3/5 - which is "good or really good". Never met someone that got a 5.
    Constant layoffs - some people wait years to get the severance package
    Priorities always changing
    Senior management not involved - poor business decisions due to zero familiarity with products
    Grow by acquisition which leads to a bunch of disparate products - huge tech debt, impossible to solve
    Your experience can vary widely based on who your boss is etc
    Annual raises 3%, even if you killed it.... so why work hard without incentive?
    Internal politics/bickering due to lack of focus distracts from productivity

    Advice to Management

    You need to get involved more at lower levels. How can you make decisions if you've never even used the products?


  4. "It was a great ride"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AOL full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    great work/life balance, flexibility to move around the company, growth, GREAT colleagues, innovative, you drive your path

    Cons

    uncertainty of employment, you must be pushy to grow

    Advice to Management

    over communication is key in the ever changing environment


  5. "No growth, poor management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at AOL full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Free soda. Medical Benefits were ok. Casual dress.

    Cons

    Poor environment, lots of favoritism and no room for growth or new ideas. Heard since Verizon takeover getting worse and everyone out for themselves. Uncertain atmosphere.

    Advice to Management

    Watch and listen to Verizon execs, they obviously know what they are doing.


  6. "Principal Salesforce Administrator"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Salesforce Administrator in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Principal Salesforce Administrator in Dulles, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance is great at AOL

    Cons

    Too much politics in the team and management.


  7. "Layoffs ALL the TIME"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Client Services Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Client Services Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance
    Decent pay/benefits
    Amazingly smart people

    Cons

    Talk a lot about diversity, yet there are not many minorities within the organization
    Layoffs are far too frequent...you always have the feeling "Am I Next"?
    Limited career advancement (unless you leave your department)

    Advice to Management

    Stop with all the mergers already

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Uncertain work environment"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AOL full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Interesting challenges to work on, great people

    Cons

    disorganized, political infighting, layoffs, maintaining legacy systems

    Advice to Management

    slow down, take more time to think and plan things out.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "AOLER"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AOL full-time

    Pros

    great company, benefits, 401k, medical, dental

    Cons

    none that i can think of


  10. "Too many mergers"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AOL full-time

    Pros

    Work life balance, brilliant people
    CEO driving the company in the right direction, but some lay-off decisions are bizarre and de-motivating

    Cons

    Too many mergers; priorities keep changing

    Advice to Management

    Respect employees and create a culture where people don't want to leave.
    All I've heard from people in the past few years is "I am waiting for my severance". There is so much instability that nobody wants to work for you anymore


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