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Updated November 21, 2017
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  • good culture and work life balance (in 173 reviews)

  • The culture/ the work environment is awesome (in 92 reviews)

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  1. "Program Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They talk good talk about diversity. It will be interesting to see if they carry through with their plans.

    Cons

    Integrations can be handled poorly. Yearly layoffs


  2. "A lot of good things going on but too much happening at once"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice people, great benefits, flexible hours

    Cons

    Lack of communication between teams leads to overlap of work on major projects

  3. "Advice to Mid Career Emps"

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    Former Employee - Director, Solutions Management in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Director, Solutions Management in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AOL (More than a year)

    Pros

    Since AOL has a reputation as not being very "cool" or inventive. They will pay a premium on top talent. You should be able to negotiate a 20% increases in pay from your former job.

    A great place to start your career because they like to promote from within.

    Cons

    However, as a mid career professional, take a long hard look at this company and do not ignore any red flags that come up during the interview process. Make sure your hiring manager is honest and has a clear vision of what he or she wants you to do. Mid level managers at Aol are not empowered enough to push their strategy, strategy comes from TA downward like a game of telephone, each manager in between interprets that strategy in his or her own way.

    Advice to Management

    If you are going to spend a ton of money and time recruiting people away from Google, FB, Oracle, etc. the least you can do is listen to those employees, they have very different perspectives, perspectives from companies you are directly competing with. Use their insight, you are certainty paying them a lot for it.


  4. "Its great"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Work Life balance is great

    Cons

    They do not have stocks as part of their compensation


  5. "Interesting stint at AOL"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    - They try to take care of their people (good benefits, generous vacation, okay salary, etc.)
    - They try to recognize talent and celebrate achievements

    Cons

    - With all the acquisitions, the layoffs come more often than you'd hope - it's tough to perform well with that constantly over your head
    - Upper management doesn't seem to be connected to the day-to-day - they talk in big concepts/ideas, but given how staffing changes take place, it doesn't seem that they understand what/who needs to be in place to make those big concepts happen.

    Advice to Management

    Now that Yahoo's under the AOL/Oath umbrella, really figure out how to get your ducks in a row, systems-wise, and staff appropriately for that. You can sell all you want, but if the underlying systems to execute those ad buys are broken, you're not setting yourself up for success.


  6. "Sr Manager HR Operations"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Dulles, VA
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with some of the smartest people.

    Cons

    A lot of reorgs.


  7. "AOL- Enjoyed working in Product Dev."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at AOL full-time

    Pros

    There were a lot of really passionate and interesting folks in Product Dev. and Product Marketing areas.

    Cons

    The work hours were grueling and managers didn't seem to care at all about employee welfare.

  8. "Good Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AOL full-time

    Pros

    Friendly environment, great work/life balance

    Cons

    advancement became difficult as there are too many hurdles to push through


  9. "Sales Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, interesting product/tech stack & team culture

    Cons

    Constant Change, fragmented business, growth by acquisition


  10. "Account Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AOL full-time

    Pros

    Good place to learn and develop skills

    Cons

    Upper Management needs to make up their mind


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