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AOL San Francisco Reviews

Updated February 23, 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. "Account Director"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Account Director in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Account Director in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great staff - people make the place!

    Cons

    Many changes with acquisitions coming on board

    Advice to Management

    Integrate your acquisitions better


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Constant change"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some talent, but mostly a political nightmare.

    Cons

    Everything constantly in flux. Nothing but change.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "AOL Invests In Their Employees"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AOL full-time

    Pros

    - There are quarterly surveys sent out to employees to check on the pulse of how each employee feels about the company. It shows that AOL cares and wants to find ways to improve and keep employees happy.
    - All new hires get to fly out to NYC for New Hire Training. This shows that AOL is willing to invest in its employees.

    Cons

    - Many people don't know that AOL still exists
    - Constant acquisitions of companies causes disorder, chaos, and constant re-organizations/shuffling of teams


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  5. "Fun, but..."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tech Support Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Tech Support Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Awesome culture
    Good at work-life balance
    Good spots to grow in the industry

    Cons

    Bad at career development
    Always scared of a layoff

    Advice to Management

    Stop laying us off right before we're supposed to get bonuses


  6. "People are amazing - company is in constant limbo."

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    Former Employee - Senior Director, Product Marketing in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Director, Product Marketing in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    People. Pay. Culture. People. People.

    Cons

    Disorganized. Under resourced. Lacks good direction.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great overall experience working at an AOL brand startup company in San Francisco."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Crunchbase in San Francisco, CA
    Current Intern - Crunchbase in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AOL as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fantastic work environment and office amenities, as well as engaging and varied intern assignments are a plus.

    Cons

    Company culture seems a bit lacking.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Meh"

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    Former Employee - Editor in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Editor in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, nice office, friendly coworkers. The office can be a fun place to work, and I always had access to the equipment I needed.

    Cons

    Outdated company, resistance to change, old/uninformed management for a tech company. Management didn't seem to come from or understand tech.

    Advice to Management

    Hire a few new people fro outside the company into management positions for a fresh perspective.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "2 Year Max"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Generous Salary, Free Food, WFH

    Cons

    No growth opportunities, poor management, treat employees badly

    Advice to Management

    TAKE CARE OF YOUR EMPLOYEES!


  10. "Not like the AOL we all know"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    AOL is one of the first tech companies, but still manages to stay current - smart acquisitions, releasing better technology and products, positive and fun workplace environment.

    Cons

    As with any large corporation, positions are very specialized with less room to grow. Red tape, negative/unfavorable public image from AOL's dial-up service (working on this)

    Advice to Management

    When there are meetings asking for feedback from employees, act on the feedback and let it be known that you have heard them.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Advertising Sales Director"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Advertising Sales Director in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Advertising Sales Director in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    AOL has been called "the dirt road to the information super highway". It was one of the first businesses on the internet. It has a long history. AOL has a product for everything on the web giving employees exposure to everything. It's content owned business connects with a great audience. It's a great training ground as an introduction to digital sales.

    Cons

    AOL can be a challenge in getting anything done. It still acts like a big company with many departments. It can be very difficult to navigate and get approvals to get business from beginning to end. People don't own a project or their work.

    Advice to Management

    simplify. remove the politics. champion talent. Know who you are.



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