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AOL Washington DC Reviews

Updated June 19, 2017
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  1. "Flexible Environment with some uncertainty"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Dulles, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AOL full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    -Flexible with working from home
    -Casual workplace
    -Great Benefits

    Cons

    -Constant layoffs
    -Tight budgets
    -Unclear global direction


  2. "People, people, people. Good, bad, indifferent."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Database Administrator in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Database Administrator in Dulles, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Super benefits. Good people, good technology infrastructure, good facilities, will to change, bright future which depends on execution. Generous packages.

    Cons

    Indifferent people, legacy technology, some perks not advertised well. The (annual) purge :) which causes the survivors more stress and envious of packages.

  3. "What a ride!"

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Dulles, VA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AOL full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Culture, colleagues, work/life, and challenges

    Cons

    Company level turbulence and job insecurity

    Advice to Management

    Communicate to individual contributors more about big org changes


  4. "Sr Finance Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AOL full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very smart people to work with and great environment.

    Cons

    Regular yearly layoffs just to lower costs, but then 3 months later the company would start hiring again.

    Advice to Management

    It was the corporate strategy.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good culture, lack of focus, frequent layoffs"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Manager in Dulles, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at AOL full-time

    Pros

    Inclusive and casual culture (typical of most tech firms but rare around DC), opportunity to be on the front lines of tech, perks like free gym with classes

    Cons

    Frequent layoffs (expect 500 ppl per year), inability to focus on financial performance

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with your people. No point having meetings every week talking abstractly about "winning" when products aren't held accountable to delivering financial results


  6. "Accounting Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Accounting Manager in Ashburn, VA
    Current Employee - Accounting Manager in Ashburn, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AOL full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great working atmosphere. Management (at least in Accounting Org) allows employees to be self sufficient. Almost no micro-managing.

    Cons

    Constantly changing. Hard to move up in company.


  7. "great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Lead in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Lead in Dulles, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AOL full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    good culture and work life balance

    Cons

    the acquisition is causing many of us to lose our jobs

    Advice to Management

    more transparency

  8. "High end preschool"

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    Current Employee - Lead Teacher in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Lead Teacher in Dulles, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    advanced curriculum
    all the supplies you want are provided for you
    parents are extremely nice
    classrooms are spacious and clean

    Cons

    management refuses to address problems, especially within the staff.
    has double standards

    Advice to Management

    Treat your good teachers with more respect and call out the problem/lazy teachers on their issues.


  9. "Accounting Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Accountin Director in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Accountin Director in Dulles, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AOL full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great fast pace environment. The largest start-up! Very dynamic, lots to learn. Great and intelligent people to work with. Great benefits and compensation.

    Cons

    High turnover, high volatility, constant switching of bosses.


  10. "Great company to work for!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer - Front End in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer - Front End in Dulles, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast-paced. Tons of room for creativity. Very human management styles. Great cross-team collaboration.

    Cons

    Massive job cuts on a yearly basis (right around holiday times, too). Universal success metrics that aren't appropriate for every team/product.


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