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Updated Apr 15, 2014
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3.3 571 reviews

                             

65% Approve of the CEO

AOL Chairman and CEO Tim Armstrong

Tim Armstrong

(309 ratings)

55% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Work-life balance WAS good until they got carried away with the layoffs and doubled employee workload"
    in 80 reviews
  • "good pay, good work environment, learning experience"
    in 42 reviews
Cons:
  • "The senior management really don't care much about the company except, for each for their own piece"
    in 26 reviews
  • "Despite being on the list of great work/life balance companies, many in my group find this hard to actually believe"
    in 9 reviews
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A great place to work during a transitional period for media.

Editor (Former Employee)

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

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

ConsNot enough room for career growth.

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Very satisfied with my job at AOL.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at AOL

ProsGreat culture. Amazing people. Enjoying the company.

ConsLong hours can be an issue sometimes.

Advice to Senior ManagementGreat managers inspire.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Overall very positive

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

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

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good people, challenging time in the market

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Toronto, ON

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

ProsAOL 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.

ConsThe 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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Toronto, ON

I have been working at AOL full-time

ProsVery 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.

ConsManagement 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 Senior Managementfocus 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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great place

Sales Marketing (Current Employee)
Toronto, ON

I have been working at AOL

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

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

Advice to Senior ManagementTry striving for more members

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Reinvention is happening

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Dulles, VA (US)

I worked at AOL full-time for more than 8 years

ProsGreat work life balance. Enjoy working with many accomplished and smart people. Very supportive of employees in terms of offering opportunities for training and education. AOL is a diamond in the rough, on it's way to shine again.

ConsLack of clarity from management on strategy and company objectives. Slow to embrace changes in market.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good company

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
New York, NY (US)

I have been working at AOL full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGreat people, flexible work environment. Great benefits, though not at strong as some competitors.

ConsNot a ton of room for growth. Can be more of a reactive company, rather than proactive. layoffs happen fairly often, so the company can feel fractured at times.

Advice to Senior Managementmore career development and opportunities to move up are needed.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Had a great experience working here!

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at AOL as an intern

ProsForward thinking, fun work environment

ConsMust be open to change

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Long.

Systems Architect (Current Employee)

I have been working at AOL full-time for more than 10 years

ProsVery flexible work/life balance. Great freedom to do write code the way you like and use the tools you want.

ConsNot much room for growth. Yearly (at least) lay offs.

Advice to Senior ManagementThe business plan of laying people off when you are not making your numbers could use some improvement. It's not typically the engineers' fault that products are failing.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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