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Updated Dec 10, 2017

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Pros
  • "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
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Anonymous review

      Nov 17, 2017 - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA
      Recommend
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      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.

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    2. 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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    3. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Great place to work, with one HUGE drawback

      Oct 2, 2012 - Senior Producer in Dulles, VA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      I worked in the Dulles, VA offices until 2006 and *really* enjoyed working there. The vast majority of people I interacted with were friendly and were very open to ideas. Good benefits. Fun work environment where the staff cared about the products they made. Very family-friendly and the campus was a very good facility.

      Cons

      Layoffs. Several rounds of layoffs during the 2-3 years I was there. This made it difficult to have a sense of security and never allowed me to truly settle into the work I was doing. There is no worse feeling than walking into work each day, expecting that bad news was just around the corner or that you may lose your job that day. I couldn't convince my wife to move up because of this. Finally, I had enough and returned to her.

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    4. 5.0
      Former Contractor, more than 1 year

      Loved it... Loved it....

      Aug 7, 2017 - Senior Software Engineer in Herndon, VA
      Recommend
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      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.

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    5. 3.0
      Current Employee

      AOL is not the place if you are looking for long term.

      Sep 8, 2008 - Principal Software Engineer in Dulles, VA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      flexible work environment. Great gym and co-workers who are knowledgeable and helpful. The facility is nice with free parking.

      Cons

      constant layoffs. lack of vision of executives. uncertainties about the future of the company. This is not the place where if you work hard and contribute to the bottom line, you feel you have future in the company. The lower level management is really good to work for/with, they are technical and knowledgeable. Not sure what happens as they get more senior. There have been many turnover at the higher level management and at least in the past, decision to go certain path has been based on whoever is in charge at the time, not really for long term sake.

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    6. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Love working here!

      Jun 11, 2015 -  
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great laid back work environment including nice corporate offices, bagel fridays, massage chairs, nap rooms, on-site gym; good benefits such as 15 paid vacation days and 3 volunteer days a year; casual work attire; AOL BUILD series which brings celebrities to the NY headquarters everyday; awesome people to work with; flexible work schedules and ability to work from home regularly

      Cons

      unclear how the Verizon buyout will affect our corporate culture; everyone assumes the old reputation of our brand

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    7. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      Overall my experience with this company was satisfying.I learned a lot about technology and corporate business.

      Feb 14, 2015 - Senior Video Editor in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      A great atmosphere and working environment created for employees, multiple kitchens, healthy snacks beverages, massage chairs, showers, gyms and nap rooms. A unique experience for an in-house corporate video production company, creative content, numerous work travel opportunities. A wide variety of video programming with television style production including, music, entertainment, food, technology, style and fashion. Also included were yearly employee bonuses and company outings.

      Cons

      Generous benefits are provided to full-time employes and time off policies are fair. Very high employee turnover rate a steady stream of layoffs including executives level positions causing constant worry of termination.

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      1 person found this review helpful
    8. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Is a great place to work if they figure out how to survive

      Feb 26, 2009 - Senior Software Engineer in Dulles, VA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      In terms of benefits, its a good place to work. They have flexible work hours, liberal sick day policy, excellent work environment. Their office in Dulles, VA is probably the best in the region, complete with cafeteria, gym and a few ping-pong tables. You could even see people playing kick ball in the sprawling lawns. One of the other great benefits was their speaker series where they used to bring in speakers from diverse fields.

      Cons

      Lack of direction from senior management. Every time they brought in a new ceo/cto they pressed the reset button. Things however rarely changed. And then there is the annual/biannual layoff that you have to contend with.

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    9. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Good working environment

      May 21, 2016 - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Very good benefits under Verizon, and greating working environment under AOL including foosball, pool, video games, free coffee and fountain drinks, gym with classes, masseuse, field day.

      Cons

      While the compnay generally invests well in its employees, the fact that the Company is working on very thin margins comes across at times as penny-wise pound foolish.

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    10. 5.0
      Current Employee

      AOL

      Jun 9, 2009 -  in Dulles, VA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      AOL has a wide range of diverse employees and a very professional work environment. The benefits package is also great.

      Cons

      As with any large company, the struggle to keep employees informed is something that will always be a challenge but I commend the efforts made to remedy this.

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