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AOL San Francisco Reviews

Updated April 26, 2017
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  • good culture and work life balance (in 166 reviews)

  • The culture/ the work environment is awesome (in 86 reviews)

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  1. "Account Director"

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    • 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. "Great Leadership, Great Products"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart group of people who are very dedicated

    Cons

    no viable process to seamlessly integrate acquired companies

    Advice to Management

    Need to stick to long term vision

  3. "Account Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Director in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Account Director in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people and culture. Can achieve good Work/Life balance.

    Cons

    Very little room for career growth

    Advice to Management

    Create more opportunities for top performing employees to grow within the organization.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Constant change"

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    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.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "AOL Invests In Their Employees"

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    • 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


  6. "Great work-life experience"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Union City, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Union City, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really great place and colleagues to work with. Perhaps it is the company with the best work-life balance. Great projects.

    Cons

    Lack of communication. Lack of future direction sense. Slow pace of development. Interesting projects usually lose luster due to lack of initiatives, encouragement for novel ideas.

    Advice to Management

    Better communication and employee engagement needed.


  7. "Fun, but..."

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    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

  8. "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.


  9. Helpful (1)

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

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    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.


  10. 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.


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