AOL Reviews

Updated 20 October, 2014
Updated 20 October, 2014
647 Reviews
3.5
647 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • flexible work/life balance (although hours can be long) (in 83 reviews)

  • Or if you want to work from home (in 22 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management talks the talk, but doesn't walk the walk (in 28 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 (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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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AOL full-time (more than an 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 (more than an 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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    • Career Opportunities
    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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    • Career Opportunities
    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.  

    Good Experience for new graduates

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at AOL full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good benefits lots of smart people

    Cons

    Crazy work hours, expected to work 60 hour weeks regularly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let people have some personal life

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great Culture, Poor Career Growth

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    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Sterling, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Sterling, VA (US)

    I worked at AOL full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Amazing workplace culture. Great benefits. Pretty cool people.

    Cons

    Very little career growth. Pretty cool people (read: some not-so-great people).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide clearer paths for career growth. Don't get stuck doing the same old. Re-invent, try new things!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at AOL full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    This was a great job and the company is really turning things around versus the rocky old days!

    Cons

    Overall, I'd say there are still issues with the company that need to be worked out to be a huge success again.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As usual, need to consider the value of the individual employees and how they fit into the business itself!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    AOL cares about its employees and it shows in perks and retention.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales and Advertising in Beverly Hills, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Sales and Advertising in Beverly Hills, CA (US)

    I worked at AOL as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Aol has all of the perks of the big tech companies and maintains a small family feel. Some examples include yoga, happy hours, volunteering, catered lunches, paid internship, etc.

    Cons

    The advertising product can be somewhat mundane, but as Aol continues to innovate and strategically acquire, I imagine the day-to-day will become more interesting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time off could be increased.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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