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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 (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.


  2. "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.


  3. 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    Outdated company, resistance to change, old/uninformed management for a tech company.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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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Advertising Sales Director"

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    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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Outside Sales Professional"

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    Former Employee - Senior Advertising Manager in Lafayette, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Advertising Manager in Lafayette, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Product, Outside Sales, Customer Service, Sales.

    Cons

    Getting Laid Off. Mico-managing even while exceeding goals.


  7. "I bring structure to chaos. It soul sucking"

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    Current Employee - Manager of Systems Administration in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Manager of Systems Administration in San Francisco, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Good benefits
    - Great people
    - Flexible hours
    - Flexible locations

    Cons

    - Too much bureaucracy
    - Moves to slowly
    - Some parts of the organization are immature

    Advice to Management

    - dont leak your master plan, man


  8. "Great People, Rough Leadership"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    * Great team members
    * Easy access to needed resources
    * Above average compensation and benefits
    * Nice facilities
    * Interesting work, depending on the group you are in

    Cons

    Not all teams have great leadership. Often times great engineers will be put into management and leadership positions where they don't really belong. The looming threat of layoffs always made for tense times.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the good engineers where they belong, doing engineering work.


  9. "No support for advancing your career at AOL"

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart minds around and good accounts to work with.

    Cons

    Dysfunctional leadership. Managers don't make decisive decisions across functional groups. All they do is reshuffle orgs.

    Advice to Management

    Challenge your subordinates and let them grow outside your position


  10. "Why are we still treading water?"

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Administrator in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Administrator in San Francisco, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Time off is good and the benefits are ok

    Cons

    No coherent Strategy for how to actually do anything.

    Advice to Management

    Hire new blood then quit.


  11. "Randy Falco needs to stop buying companies and focus on what he has now."

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The health benefits are good.

    Cons

    Very low company morale. Plus, AOL itself it pretty archaic and not cool.

    Advice to Management

    Get your act together.


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