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Updated August 7, 2017
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  1. "Loved it... Loved it...."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Senior Software Engineer in Herndon, VA
    Former Contractor - Senior Software Engineer in Herndon, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AOL as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Comfortable Working Environment. Nice co-workers, knowledgable and wonderful staff. Cafeteria on premises which sometimes has guest chefs. The character of the building is playful with all of the murals on the walls.

    Cons

    Not many I can think of. Sometimes management is a little slow in making decisions, but other than that I can't think of any problems I really had. I was sad when Winamp was cut, but that's just the reality of the situation.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  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. "Working in AOL"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are some unique perks, like a free chair massage every quarter, weekly yoga classes.

    Cons

    It is very dispersed, don't know what the company is upto.

    Advice to Management

    Be more structured


  4. "First six month experience"

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    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.


  5. "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


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Lots of new work, bellow average pay and tight deadlines"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Being an underdog trying to rise up in the advertising business, there is a lot of new work to be done. Benefits are good being a part of Verizon. Smart people around you so there is quite a lot to learn from if you are at an entry level, junior level.

    Cons

    Pay is around 20-25% lower than the industry average keeping all things in calculation.
    Deadlines are very tight
    Weekends and work from home after hours is common
    Always in a rush to get things done even if it means cutting some corners in quality

    Advice to Management

    Keep the deadlines to a realistic goal
    Revisit the pay structures Seriously
    Ensure work life balance.
    Don't cut too much corners on quality of the product especially if you plan to take on big players in the market.
    Try to experiment with new technologies and keep up to date with what's new in the market.
    Employee Moral is low, do something about it.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "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

  8. "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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "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.


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

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    • Senior Management
    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