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AOL Senior Software Engineer Reviews

Updated May 16, 2017
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  1. "First six month experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    very good working relations, employees are treated with respect.

    Cons

    Team structures and obligations are very unstable but it is not necessarily bad because it reflects the company leading role in a very dynamic industry.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "AOL"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting work and lots to learn

    Cons

    Constant fear of loosing the job. Typically twice a year


  3. "Good company and great work life balance"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software QA Engineer in Mc Lean, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Software QA Engineer in Mc Lean, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people technology lots to learn. Great people to work with. Good culture flexibility in terms of working hours. Regular happy hours

    Cons

    Tight budget. Not much trainings. Constant layoffs. Constant change causes lots of uncertainty in terms of job security. Not a big company anymore.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in people and provide them training they need to succeed in their job


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    "Most mediocre technology"

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    Current Contractor - Senior Software Engineer in Baltimore, MD
    Current Contractor - Senior Software Engineer in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    No benefits of working for these mediocre people. Go work for startups in Baltimore if you want to grow in your career

    Cons

    Worst people and worst technology. Components call other components. Lack design and thought process. Great place for J2EE people but worst for J2SE as nothing to learn here

    Advice to Management

    Management doesn't care other than making money via clicks. Business is good so careless about people. I see it's approaching end


  5. "Good experience"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Dulles, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance, free food, great people to work with. Have a lot of new things to learn.

    Cons

    A lot of legacy technology and may require catching up with proprietory technologies.


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    "Former Software Engineer at AOL"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software QA Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Senior Software QA Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AOL (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A wide variety of technologies and products operating at scale.
    Diverse and skilled workforce to collaborate with.
    Good sense of community among co-workers.
    Good front-line management and competitive pay.

    Cons

    Top heavy on executive management with constant change to high level strategies and missions making a cohesive and salient focus nearly unattainable.

    Many dead end projects doomed to failure or obscurity.

    Advice to Management

    Be realistic in terms of goals and company focus, and find a way to communicate to the world that the company is really a collection of acquired brands and technologies while maintaining focus on user experiences.


  7. "Good Place to work, Nice work/life balance"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Dulles, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at AOL full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Top of the line equipment provided to developers. Great work-life balance exists. Everyone is so relaxed and easy to talk to.
    Upper management is very transparent.
    Great benefits and facilities at work.

    Cons

    Promotions are rare unless you jump teams.
    Politics drives promotions mostly.
    Every org works in their own silos lately.
    No standardized tools across the whole company, everyone used what they find the best.

    Advice to Management

    Career growth/Promotions of employee are based on Politics


  8. "Great Job, Great People"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software QA Engineer in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Software QA Engineer in Dulles, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AOL full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Fun workplace. Passionate leadership. Good Pay. I had a really great time working through many different projects.

    Cons

    Yearly layoffs. Office Locations in expensive cities. I think it would be more effective to actively manage the workforce and manage out the people who are not performing. There are many situations where weak performers caused frustration among the more talented employees.

    Advice to Management

    I think that there is a great core group of individuals who started this company and grew it to be the predominant internet company in the mid to late 90s. I was inspired and proud to work for a company that accomplished so much in terms of bringing technology to the masses. Unfortunately, we didn't have the vision to capitalize on our captive audience. I feel like we could have been more revolutionary.


  9. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This was a great job and the company is really turning things around versus the rocky old days!

    Cons

    Overall, I'd say there are still issues with the company that need to be worked out to be a huge success again.

    Advice to Management

    As usual, need to consider the value of the individual employees and how they fit into the business itself!


  10. "Good company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Dulles, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, work life balance, some teams are well recognized

    Cons

    no clear direction from the management, the direction and TODO list keeps on changing very often, and difficult for people to deliver

    Advice to Management

    Please decide a firm strategy going forward and value people and teams, and recognize talent , before they decide to leave.