AOL Reviews

Updated 19 September, 2014
Updated 19 September, 2014
629 Reviews
3.5
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • flexible work/life balance (although hours can be long) (in 82 reviews)

  • Or if you want to work from home (in 21 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management talks the talk, but doesn't walk the walk (in 27 reviews)

  • The department you work in determines what kind of work life balance you will have (in 10 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great place to work during a transitional period for media.

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    Former Employee - Editor
    Former Employee - Editor

    I worked at AOL full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Lots of friendly people, interesting products, good corporate culture.

    Cons

    Not enough room for career growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers need to ensure their employees are happy as they will produce their best work when they're doing something they love.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Very satisfied with my job at AOL.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AOL

    Pros

    Great culture. Amazing people. Enjoying the company.

    Cons

    Long hours can be an issue sometimes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great managers inspire.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Overall very positive

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AOL full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great company culture.
    Amazing coworkers.
    Relaxed and fun environment.
    Open and transparent.
    Competitive pay and lots of non-monetary perks.

    Cons

    Too fast-paced.
    No time to breathe.
    Too many senior level employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good people, challenging time in the market

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON

    I worked at AOL full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    AOL Canada has a great culture and there are a number of smart people who have (or still) work at the company. There is a collaborative attitude and non-political environment.

    Cons

    The Canadian office is "the flea on the elephant's back" with the US office being the elephant. This makes it very frustrating to get things done in Canada and you are not treated the same as someone at the same (or even lower) level in the US.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Good over-all with the occasional loss of motivation "One step forward, two steps back"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at AOL full-time

    Pros

    Very smart and experienced people with extensive background and knowledge of the industry. Good work environment, focussing on a good work/life balance. Above average benefits and an overall respected brand.

    Cons

    Management team is too egotistical and doesn't provide clear career coaching for staff or new hires. Personal opinions and beliefs get in the way of good workflow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus on coaching staff rather than instilling fear of not hitting the number. Use time at meetings to figure out ways to solve department vs. department meetings. More team building activities to allow for cross-department interaction.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place

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    Current Employee - Sales Marketing  in  Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Sales Marketing in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at AOL

    Pros

    Good location. Close to restaurants. Compensation was competitive. Nice people to work with. A collaborative bunch for the most part.

    Cons

    Too many shifts in priority. Too much control wielded by the United States headquarters in some instances. Not close to the highways.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try striving for more members

  8.  

    Not your grandma's AOL

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Manager

    I have been working at AOL full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Managers are invested in employee success; healthcare benefits are excellent. The company rewards good performance financially. Hiring/interview process is tough-- which means you typically are working on teams of very driven and talented people.

    Cons

    Training and development is pretty informal, so quality varies by department and manager

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great team, great managment

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer

    I have been working at AOL full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Leadership is top notch, lots of areas (and support) for innovation and new products, you get to develop at scale. There is a big push from the top down to really get involved in open source, both as consumers and contributors. Also they're really interested in reviving the tech culture, getting out to conferences, and generally letting people know that AOL is alive and doing things.

    Cons

    Lots of moving pieces that move at different paces. Working across teams is not unpleasant, but there can be the typical political posturing that slows things bad.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Nice company to work for

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    Former Employee - Technical Lead  in  Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Technical Lead in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at AOL full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -Great people and challenging work
    -Closely work with development folks in technical discussion
    -Learning when you are free
    -Greatly talented employees

    Cons

    -Tim brought too many fools from Google.
    -Closure of India BDC team was a disappointment
    -No wise decision makers in Management.
    -Nothing is transparent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Stop being fancy about Google and Huffingtonpost
    -Should not have changed from a Tech company to publishing.
    -Please dont bring fools from Microsoft

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good Company

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Administrator  in  Ashburn, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Administrator in Ashburn, VA (US)

    I worked at AOL full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Progressive values on work - allows telecommuting, good work stations/laptops. If you are a passionate about technology you will enjoy the way tech. workers are treated.

    Cons

    A bit sloppy in how things are managed. Needs more maturity and structure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide a clearer vision to employees on what the vision is. Implement better policies and more structure in how your IT teams are run.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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