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Updated Jan 18, 2018

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  • "Great people and culture with amazing work/life balance(in 187 reviews)

  • "The culture/ the work environment is awesome(in 91 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Senior management is constantly changing strategies, lots of layoffs(in 45 reviews)

  • "A lot of politics in upper management/leadership(in 34 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Analyst

      Jun 8, 2016 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great place to work, helpful back-office and very transparent rules & regulations.

      Cons

      Submitting expenses was difficult, felt very removed from upper management, company was very departmentalized/fragmented

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    2. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Account Executive

      Jan 18, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Great culture/environment. People are like family. Great office perks.

      Cons

      A lot of politics in upper management/leadership. Great deal of middle management as well that isn't needed. Low salaries. Lack of diversity.

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    3. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Account Director

      Jul 10, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good place to learn and develop skills

      Cons

      Upper Management needs to make up their mind

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    4. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Interesting stint at AOL

      Jul 5, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - They try to take care of their people (good benefits, generous vacation, okay salary, etc.) - They try to recognize talent and celebrate achievements

      Cons

      - With all the acquisitions, the layoffs come more often than you'd hope - it's tough to perform well with that constantly over your head - Upper management doesn't seem to be connected to the day-to-day - they talk in big concepts/ideas, but given how staffing changes take place, it doesn't seem that they understand what/who needs to be in place to make those big concepts happen.

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    5. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Amazing People, Great Benefits, But Consistent Layoff and Reorgs

      Jun 27, 2017 - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Absolutely amazing people to work with. A lot of passion, dedication, and support. Great benefits and perks. Nice office and work environment. Excited to go to work everyday to see the people, but then the politics get in the way of creativity and motivation. Work from home opportunities with decent work life balance most of the time. Great volunteer opportunities and fun social events.

      Cons

      Frequent layoffs, job always at risk. Great employees let go without logical reason, all comes down to dollars between finance and HR. Consistent M&A's leading to frequent reorganization of business, inconsistent products, and constant support of legacy systems. Difficult to get anything of value out the door when leadership is not focused on a product, but rather what company to buy next. Upper management way too disconnected from the day to day to see who really gets the work done. Management always makes the next M&A the full focus letting other parts of business suffer, resulting is lost revenue and customers. Too much middle management and employees promoted into leadership way too early.

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    6. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Trying to do too many things without doing anything well

      May 3, 2017 - Account Director 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Relatively good work-life balance - Good benefits - Having a big brand name to put on your resume

      Cons

      - Lots of acquisitions, no clear integrations making the company too complex to work in - Most people in upper management seem to lack any clear vision - Very poor at innovating

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    7. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Day-to-Day Fun, Long Term Struggle

      Apr 20, 2017 - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
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      Pros

      - Fun environment - Mostly great people - Some exciting initiatives

      Cons

      - Long term strategy is hazy at best - A lot of middle and upper management are basically the same type of superficial white guy

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    8. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Good, Bad, and Ugly

      Feb 17, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      -Great pay and benefits -Flexible about working from home -Good culture - workday socials, emphasis on volunteering, team events -Respects work/life balance -Good corporate transparency

      Cons

      -Always restructuring and re-orging -Upper management has no idea what people on the ground are doing/dealing with -Quick to let talent walk out the door -HR listens, but doesn't act and can be unethical and unprofessional

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    9. 1.0
      Current Intern, more than 1 year

      AOL Doesn't Build Brands People Love. AOL Only Builds a Hostile Work Environment.

      Mar 4, 2017 - Brand Ambassador in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The famous celebrities that are invited to appear on AOL's BUILD Series will treat you with more respect than what you get from your own bosses.

      Cons

      You will never have an opportunity to grow within the company. If you start gaining forward momentum, out of pure jealousy, upper management will pull the rug out from underneath you. Never before in my life have I experienced people with so much power act like elementary school children...until I started working for AOL. Instead of encouraging people to help build a healthy company, management creates a toxic, cold and lifeless environment. Avoid working for AOL's BUILD Series at all costs. Don't walk. Run.

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    10. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Technical Manager

      Jan 1, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Very good environment Very challenging tasks

      Cons

      Some upper management don't understand the tech behind the business while they should

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