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Updated February 17, 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. "Good and bad"

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


  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. "Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Casual dress code
    Cool work space
    Cool people

    Cons

    I'm just a part time intern, so I can't really see the whole picture of how the workflow and strategy process behind it.


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  5. "disorganized by good"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    young hard working fun individuals

    Cons

    poor onboarding process, lack of communication


  6. "Senior sw engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    easy and relaxed environment to work for

    Cons

    less technical challanges and less growth opportunities


  7. "Creative Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture, professional colleagues, well-stocked office with snacks, beer, catered meals. Fantastic work-life balance.

    Cons

    Strategy seems to change a lot, thanks to a bit of a revolving door with top executives


  8. "A changing world"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is said often about the people at AOL that they are the biggest reason to stay and the hardest part about leaving. Overall, these people are damn nice and hard working, smart and committed, sincere and generous. In interviews, I always lead with the culture. AOL invests in creating a culture that empowers everyone because the challenges demand it.

    Relevance. This industry is tripping over itself with each new disruption coming to market. The disruption is chaos to some, but opportunity to the ambitious ones. AOL and Verizon are pushing hard – working here is an opportunity to learn and solve the biggest and hardest challenges. Working at this level keeps you relevant to the marketplace. And it's rewarding, even fun sometimes.

    Cons

    With the disruption and driving pace, quality is always at a very high premium (like approaching the speed of light). It is painful to deliver products and ideas that are not excellent or even well polished. Iterating is essential, of course, but working at AOL requires a certain ruthlessness. Unfortunately, the inconsistencies, the reflex driven ideas, designs, strategies do take a toll.

    And it is impossible not to mention reorgs, but what can be added to this inevitability that you don't already know? It rarely goes right the first time and it is almost always painful for everyone! With AOL and Verizon, the future will continue to be filled with opportunity and the price is comfort.

    Advice to Management

    Stay ambitious with Vision which lets us focus on a few big things (not a lot of little things) and commit to quality at the earliest possible moment.


  9. "Balance of good and bad"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager

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

    Pros

    AOL is still one of the biggest internet media companies around, and is on a good trajectory

    Cons

    There is constant change - including changes in staffing (read: layoffs). If you need stability, this is not the place for you.


  10. "Senior Program Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AOL full-time

    Pros

    culture, benefits, work life balance

    Cons

    salary, compensation, frequency of layoffs


  11. "Agile Coach"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Agile Coach in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Agile Coach in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong belief in developing staff, insightful engineering leadership, strong autonomy of work.

    Cons

    Being owned by Verizon means AOL's strategy can be changed from the outside with little notice. When Verizon is hands off, good. When Verizon is hands on, bad.

    Advice to Management

    Becoming the number one AdTech player will not be done by a focus on profitability.



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