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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. Helpful (1)

    "Advertising Sales Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Outside Sales Professional"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Be with dynamic people in an innovative company."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AOL full-time

    Pros

    Community connections through civil service activities and team building workshops, well known brand in the marketplace who is providing the only other technology stack rivaling Google, great benefits and competitive salary.

    Cons

    A large company is often difficult to navigate, some divisions are closer linked than others to the main corporate structure.

    Advice to Management

    continue to take care of your best people and they will stay


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  5. "Smooth experience"

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

    Pros

    San Francisco office is well-designed and intended to be a collaborative work environment. Benefits are good, pay is good. HR/infrastructure works well and isn't full of red tape.

    Cons

    Always in fear that the company is going to go under one day. I believe in our mission and our goals, but it's continually not reflected in the numbers.


  6. "Good"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great People, good salary, great snacks

    Cons

    No money in the place at all

    Advice to Management

    better filters on hiring as they dont know who is in the house


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. Helpful (2)

    "manager with poor people skills"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    cool factor (aol/video), great downtown location, allow MAC desktops, young and talented crowd.
    very good technical challenges and powerful upper management that is efficient when implementing changes or push for a new release.

    Cons

    Terrible manager with no people skills, not technical enough to make decision and prone to change his position under the pressure of any character making a point. manager not believing in initiative nor rewarding success,

    Advice to Management

    allow real open door policy at all level so issues can be work outside the circle of buddies .


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  11. "Herding Kittens"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    AOL offered very fair, if not superior compensation. The people I worked with were great, and clearly represented some of the best minds in the industry. The expectations given in terms of workload were entirely reasonable, and allowed me to find a great balance of work/personal life. AOL offered a superior benefits package that included vision and dental. In addition, working at AOL provided me with lots of opportunities for professional development.

    Cons

    You are ultimately working for the people who bring the internet to our grandparents, and whom still have not found their new identity in the DSL and Cable connected internet world.

    Advice to Management

    Dear Management of AOL,

    I know that you are riding an ever aging dinosaur, and trying to figure out how to best monetize it before it dies. Be nimble. Change with times. Maybe, just maybe, there might still be some life in that old dinosaur.



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