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Updated Nov 27, 2020

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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, more than 3 years

      Great People & Culture!

      Feb 24, 2019 - Account Manager 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great people and culture with amazing work/life balance

      Cons

      Large number of layoffs and hard to move departments.

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    2. 4.0
      Current Employee

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      Nov 27, 2020 - N/A 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      good culture good work life balance

      Cons

      challenging management to grow with

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    3. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      Lots of fun, got to work on cool projects

      Sep 15, 2020 - Senior Tax Manager in Dulles, VA
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      Pros

      Lots of fun, good work/life balance, got to work on interesting tax projects

      Cons

      Virginia support staff had no connection with NYC HQ execs

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    4. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Analyst

      Dec 27, 2015 - Analyst in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      AOL does a great job of hiring very intelligent and passionate people, who are always approachable and willing to help others. Although you have individual tasks, there is a true team environment, at AOL. It's a place where it's ok not to know everything, since it's likely that someone on your team or on other teams would be able to help you find the answer to your question. Working with such great people, make it a pleasure to come into work every day. Management does a great job of exposing you to new work/ responsibilities and keeping you up to date on industry events. Management also does a great job of trying to guide you through your career ambitions. It's also your typical tech environment, with free snacks, drinks(soft and alcoholic beverages), ping pong tables, happy hours, casual attire, nap rooms, on site gym, and stand up desks. Overall great place to work and I would recommend anyone to work here

      Cons

      The work life balance depends on your team. As an analyst, there would always be reports to pull and send, so our team would typically be seen working late nights. Besides that, I don't have anything negative to say about the company.

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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
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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. 5.0
      Current Employee

      The Internet portal with the brightest future potential.

      May 29, 2008 -  in San Francisco, CA
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      Pros

      AOL has acquired and established partnerships with the best in class and strongest companies in all of the online arena allowing them to reach 90% of the Internet. Leadership is very transparent about results and good about recognizing employees for success. The new leadership team is moving quickly to integrate all acquired companies to form a unified organization that would be very competitive to Google, Yahoo and Microsoft. The company truly values training and development with the existence of AOLU (University) and work life balance in not driving employees over the edge. The culture is very down to earth and friendly.

      Cons

      The negative and legacy perceptions of the company being associated with dial-up subscribers. Many do not understand the new business model of AOL.com now being free and accessible by anyone. There is a lot of change going on within the organization, especially now as integration is occurring with all of the acquired brands so one must be flexible and able to adapt to changing structures, teams and directions that are designed with the company's best interests in mind. It's difficult to see just how large the company is without working in the Dulles or New York offices where the company started and is now headquartered.

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    7. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      AOL Slow To Catch Up To Technology

      Apr 26, 2015 - Network Operations Center Analyst in Dulles, VA
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      Pros

      I've enjoyed working at AOL thus far.. The people are great and mostly enjoy working and interacting with everyone, convenience and flexibility of hours and family life is fantastic (especially as a single mother). Telecommuting availability is a nice added feature to have and the casual atmosphere/college life is still there.

      Cons

      The work/life balance is limited because you're always busy no matter what time of the year it is. Escalating issues to other areas is slim due to lack of support can be quite frustrating and difficult. Such a high turn-over rate that who knows who is working in which department any longer. AOL has been VERY slow in keeping up with the latest technology trends and is failing in their current systems and applications it becomes frustrating to its employees who work and support these along with its end users and clientele. Good luck moving around in the company, especially if you're already stretched thin in your current department. If you have the lack of resources where you're at.. the chances of you moving into another department will rarely happen. Raises come and go.. but are very minimal considering the amount of work you do. Of course we are over-worked and underpaid as most companies are.. but this is by far the worst I've seen it as a global company supporting internationally and domestically.

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    8. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Lots of great potential

      Jun 12, 2008 - Principal Product Manager in Dulles, VA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The work life balance at AOL is great overall. It is a company with lots and lots going on and it's gaining momentum which is very exciting. It's a great place to learn and build lots of skills in many different areas and see the application of it very quickly. It is probably the most diverse company I've every worked at and they really do take diversity to a different level by having all these different groups that activities and budgets and events. The people overall are bright and very creative. They are also fun to work with overall. I also think people here are paid well comparatively. And combined with the family-friendly environment with two daycare centers on campus, it makes it a great place to work.

      Cons

      People outside seem to have a very tainted and negative views of the AOL brand and it starts to take a toll on the employees and hence it's always such a roller coaster of an environment on how you feel about the company on a day to day basis. At times it's the best place to work, and other times you start to say what's the point, this sucks. The multiple layoffs each nearly every year has been rough on the employees. Lots of people don't know how diversified AOL truly is with their businesses with lots of different brand names and hence don't have a full picture of who AOL is any more.

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    9. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Lots of changes

      Apr 23, 2019 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good benefits and work life balance. Fast moving and far reaching.

      Cons

      risk of cuts due to mergers / acquisitions

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    10. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      Used to be the best place to work in VA

      Mar 7, 2019 - Senior Manager 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      people, Culture, location, Work life balance

      Cons

      merger with Yahoo - new management, reducing footprint in VA

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