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Updated March 28, 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. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Accountant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast-paced, dynamic and flexible work environment. Work is never dull or the same thing all the time.

    Cons

    Priorities shift quickly and often. Due to changing nature of business and cost constraints - frequent and sudden layoffs - beware can be unstable.

    Advice to Management

    Exciting company that is very customer/growth oriented. In recent years, this focus has been at the expense of employees - required to do more and more with less.


  2. "AOL Review"

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

    Pros

    Great place to learn about the digital space

    Cons

    Numerous reshuffles and layoffs in the past 2 years while the company tries to find its place in the digital space.


  3. "Dynamic environment at large tech company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AOL full-time

    Pros

    There is very much a team-oriented mentality and it is highly encouraged to work outside of your tasked team to find solutions. You can meet a lot of great people this way if you are willing to step outside your comfort zone a bit. One of their credos is to only hire the best talent and for the large part I find that to be true. Aol has a ton of smart, motivated and caring individuals who push each other while also lending a hand when you get stuck.

    The tone at the top is positive but no BS, which I appreciate. They don't shy away when things are tough but they a quick to bring up some of awesome things that we've accomplished along the way and they cool things in the pipeline. Since it's a big company there's a lot of opportunity to move up or even laterally if you work toward it. Good benefits for the most part.

    Cons

    With big company comes some downside and that usually involves red tape. You likely aren't going to get a rapid promotion since there's a year-review (as opposed to smaller company where you could get one whenever you finish a big project, for instance). With red tape comes corporate politics and sometimes you've got to deal when a team/boss/coworker that you don't enjoy in order to get to the finish line. Anyone working at a bigger company will know what I'm talking about but for those from a smaller background it can be a jolt. But it's good experience overall to work with those kind of people because eventually you'll run into them, just hopefully not have to spend too much time with them.

    With all of the big acquisitions like Microsoft, Millennial Media and Yahoo on the way there have been some "restructuring" moves (read layoffs) that have left a lot of people feeling uneasy about what's to come when we finally (if ever) integrate with Yahoo. Restructuring can happen whether you're in a big or small company but the impacts can be felt much more at a bigger company. Best advice I got toward this is "always have a backup plan for your job because you better believe they have a backup plan for you".

    Advice to Management

    Push to being a "nimble" big company where you replicate as many of the best qualities of a smaller tech company (fun atmosphere, caring about people on an individual level, keeping an open mind toward new and perhaps "crazy ideas") while still maintaining the benefits of a larger company. Not an easy task but I believe one that should be taken seriously and worked toward each day in order to keep attracting "only the best talent" and retaining that talent.


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  5. "Account Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    the people were nice, the office was fun

    Cons

    management was horrible, no one in the Baltimore office knew anything about what the company did


  6. "Good place to build career momentum."

    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
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, great benefits, amazing people, respectable investment in diversity and inclusion, flexible structure, lots of opportunity, Wild West atmosphere re: who gets to do what.

    Cons

    Constant reorganization, frequent layoffs, strange insistence on being an edgy start-up culture despite baloney corporate politics, porous structure can make for inter-team warfare.


  7. "Noc engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - NOC Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - NOC Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Money is the only company pros I can think of right now and also the fruit Tuesday's every week. And donuts and coffee.

    Cons

    Stress is a major factor. Big egos. No flexible. Favoritism among team leads and friends. Brutal management is a problem due to egos.

    Advice to Management

    Respect


  8. "About Standard"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Ad Operations in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Ad Operations in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast Moving, there's always constant change. So you learn to be nimble and adapt quickly.

    Cons

    Can also create a sense job insecurity.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent"

    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
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AOL (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent team, and some of the smartest minds in the business. Innovation and collaboration are highlights of the experience here.

    Cons

    The company's senior management has sought to expand the company too rapidly without considering the impact on productivity and profitability. The company is highly unstable due to constant restructuring, including significant yearly layoffs, and radical change. While the day to day work experience is wonderful, the continual upheaval due to the decision making of upper management is unsettling.


  10. "Lead Accountant"

    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
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AOL full-time

    Pros

    pay was good along with benefits
    subsidized cafeteria

    Cons

    too much politics, long hours during close, constant work


  11. "Great"

    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

    Pros

    Innovative, competitive, team-oriented, collaborative, intelligent people everywhere, CEO knows everyone's name, great place for a go-getter personality to thrive (you are encouraged to soak up as much knowledge, training cross-functionally as you want),

    Cons

    Competition is fierce, Huffpo merger changed the company culture, great facilities (Facebook in the building), great neighborhood, huge alumni network (Aol has been around forever, so alumni are global)



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