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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. "AOL Culture"

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

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

    Pros

    AOL is a media technology company with a mission to connect consumers and creators through open marketplaces. They are a fast moving culture and everyday offers something challenging and new to focus on. The leadership admires disruptive thinking for the marketplace and doers, who can move in a fast-paced environment and can make decisions with confidence. Its okay to fail fast, but learn and get the results next time is key.

    Cons

    AOL is not a 3 year old company but it lacks process and data to make the right decisions. It needs to mature so it makes better. Too often decisions and direction is taken without validation and to only be corrected later. From a people standpoint, AOL burns and churns (similar to other digital media companies).


  2. "Great culture, but Familiar Structural Problems seen in Large Orgs"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AOL full-time

    Pros

    Great people and fun, friendly management.
    GREAT work-life balance and understanding management when you need flexibility.

    Cons

    With frequent acquisitions and mergers, it's a struggle to keep employees informed and confident in their job security.
    Too much time it spent delineating between roles and responsibilities that it takes away from doing good work.


  3. "Best company I've ever worked for. Wish I never left."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AOL (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I worked next to the CEO for 6 years. I can honestly say he cares more about employees than any other person I've ever worked with. And his passion for the business is unmatched.

    Cons

    For me, it was just the commute into the city.

    Advice to Management

    Summer Fridays!


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  5. "Great Place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Intern in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great working environment everybody is fun and nice and want to see you grow at this company

    Cons

    i dont really have any cons for this company that i can personally think off

    Advice to Management

    i have zero advice to the mangers at this company . . .. . . . . .. ....


  6. "Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Development Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Development Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great environment, culture, working conditions

    Cons

    not simplified product offering, needs to be better


  7. "Good place to work!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Perfect for lean and career growth

    Cons

    Constant changes, but a lot of challenges

    Advice to Management

    Noting to say


  8. "Great Work life balance & benefits"

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

    Pros

    Work from home allowed which allows for good work life balance.

    Cons

    I have seen over years, there is always a fear of layoffs towards the end of the year if you are not in a department that is doing well.


  9. "Client Solutions"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tech Client Services Engineer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Tech Client Services Engineer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team, helping in transitioning into the company

    Cons

    Nothing till date, maybe a shorter interview process would be recommended


  10. "Senior Project 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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice offices, great talent, good culture with monthly/quarterly events.

    Cons

    Yearly org restructuring leading to lay-offs and turnover.
    Minimal technical resources delaying development and limiting competitiveness in marketplace.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on nurturing and developing current talent and silos rather than looking externally and cleaning out middle-level executives with each new company acquisition/merger. Breakdown silo barriers for fluid collaboration.


  11. "Very Corporate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Snacks and standing desks, dog friendly

    Cons

    with the yahoo acquisition they have been laying off meaning more work and less people

    Advice to Management

    stop the layoffs due to yahoo acquisition



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