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Updated January 10, 2018
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  1. "Account Manager"

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Dulles, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Loved working at aol. The people and culture were great. Lots of company hosted happy hours and ways to volunteer around the community. The training process was really involved and people were always super helpful.

    Cons

    Systems were always changing. The work load could also be super heavy at times.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Avoid working there if possible"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Dulles, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Casual dress and on-site food services are nice, talented people, decent management, and a great place to learn new things.

    Cons

    All of the recent merger with Yahoo into Oath has made job security abysmal. Constant concern if you'll have a job the next week. It's not really worth it. While the benefits are good, they are only good so long as you avoid the axe. Very demoralizing.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management has no clue what they are doing, and have gotten lousy at communicating their goals.

  3. "Anonymous review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AOL full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits. Great culture. Great Facility. Collaborative working environment. I love coming into to work everyday.

    Cons

    With the recent acquisition, there is a lot of uncertainty.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great work life balance, lots of politics, no growth, growth for women NIL"

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

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

    Pros

    Worked there for 10yrs and left voluntarily. Work life balance is amazing. Everyone is had a laid back attitude. Benefits are great with Verizon being parent company. Worked on more than 8 different teams, most of them had really nice tech stack. They embrace open source technologies.

    Cons

    Promotions are hard to come by. It’s usually once every 5-6 yrs or longer if you don’t keep pushing for it. Upper management has no interest in looking into problems down stream. They are only worried about bonus. Not a great place for career women to work, they will see their male colleagues grow when they remain in the same grade. Women are not promoted or awarded period (as seen in the teams I have worked with). After yahoo merger, the management is clueless, so they layoff in the name of restructuring to kill time. On the mark every 6 months there is a layoff. Burn that in stone and get used to it.

    Advice to Management

    When you sponsor Women who code, make sure they are awarded too. This has to change all over, not just making statements in press and let it go.


  5. "My Review of Contract Position with AOL"

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    Former Contractor - Technical Writer in Dulles, VA
    Former Contractor - Technical Writer in Dulles, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AOL as a contractor

    Pros

    Nice people.
    Relaxed work culture.
    Smart managers.
    Innovative technical approaches.

    Cons

    Company is down-sizing. Jobs are being cut.

    Advice to Management

    Don't classify an opportunity as "contract to hire" if it likely will not result in a direct hire.


  6. "Will Oath Be The Same Company?"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Dulles, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    With AOL, creativity and culture were baked into the DNA. Teams were fun and projects were many. No day was the same. I cannot say if Oath will retain that same DNA.

    Cons

    Layoffs - while not as frequent as they once were they still remove some very talented people from the company.


  7. "Sr SW QA Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Senior QA Engineer in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Senior QA Engineer in Dulles, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great folks to work with, good benefits, great engineering, flexible work arrangements

    Cons

    outsourcing, not transfer of knowledge between teams

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to start but leadership and management are horrific"

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    Former Employee - Prefer Not to Say in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Prefer Not to Say in Dulles, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free food on Wednesday's, although with the merger between Verizon, AOL, and Yahoo free food is everyday. You can move up within the company fairly quickly, if you know what you're doing, solid worker, and aren't too much of a slacker. Work is fairly easy and straight-forward, great ways to make new connections for networking, happy hours on-site, and everyone is pretty helpful and loves helping everyone else to get the job done.

    Cons

    Kiss up to management if you want to get anywhere, many directors do not know what they're doing let alone managers. Management won't help you unless you're one to kiss up to management and do exactly what they say when they say it. When they say jump, you better say how high.

    Tenureship doesn't mean anything and with multiple lay-offs happening 2-3 times a year, which is understandable, but the good employees who are solid workers, get the job done, been there over 10 years plus, and know what they're doing are the first to go.

    Racism, stereotypes, lack of leadership development skills, pettiness, favoritism, and sexual harassment happen on the daily. And again, unless you know a good manager who's been there a long time or on the good side of a director, they will NOT do anything about any of these issues. Dealt with racism from a director every day and sexual harassment from a co-worker and HR did NOTHING. If you want to work for a company that takes pride in that, this is the place to be.

    Advice to Management

    Look at who you are hiring, look at what jobs are actually being completed and targeted for success within projects, tasks, support, and management. You have a director in your company who is racist to individuals, make fun of individuals who he does not like, and he thinks it's funny and just having "fun". It's racist and should not be tolerated.

    Sexual harassment should NEVER be tolerated in the workplace and women in IT have to consistently prove themselves. Men have seen sexual harassment and are told be quiet about it and not say anything or they'll ensure they will not move up within the company or will be fired on the next lay-off.

    Train your management and leadership teams to step up to the plate. Hire and keep your good employees and understandably so, cutting back on budgets, there are other ways than letting great employees go.


  9. "Pros and Cons like most places - overall good"

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and perks (free food, reasonable PTO, healthcare plans, etc)
    Open to ideas and innovation
    Many smart and friendly people
    Generally open and inclusive culture

    Cons

    Overall business model has challenges
    Poor track record of execution on acquisitions
    AOL-Yahoo 'merger' creates uncertainty and challenges


  10. "Good place to intern"

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    Former Intern - Intern Marketing in Dulles, VA
    Former Intern - Intern Marketing in Dulles, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AOL as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people are great. While the work can be repetitive, you get to learn a lot of different aspects of digital marketing from creating content to analyzing sales data.

    Cons

    Sometimes as an intern there can be a lack of things to do and you'll just sit there waiting for someone to give you busy work. There is sometimes workplace gossip.


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