AOL Reviews

Updated 26 April, 2015
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Pros
  • flexible work/life balance (although hours can be long) (in 86 reviews)

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

Cons
  • The senior management really don't care much about the company except, for each for their own piece (in 27 reviews)

  • The department you work in determines what kind of work life balance you will have (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Not enough room for career growth.

    Advice to Management

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

  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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture. Amazing people. Enjoying the company.

    Cons

    Long hours can be an issue sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    Great managers inspire.

  3. Overall very positive

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AOL full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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

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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 a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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.

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

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    • Senior Management
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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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  7. Helpful (2)

    Great place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 Management

    Try striving for more members

  8. Data Center Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA (US)

    I have been working at AOL

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work life balance, with some good perks

    Cons

    Difficult to advance, education reimbursement is difficult to take advantage

  9. Surprisingly innovative with excellent work/life balance

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AOL full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, work/life balance, interesting work if you land on the right team.

    Cons

    Pays slightly below market, little communication or collaboration between the various brands, frequent reorgs.

  10. Director

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AOL full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The people are awesome and everyone wants to win. Competitive salaries at all levels. Smart folks who work hard.

    Cons

    Challenges with competing cultures between AOL proper and acquired companies.

    Advice to Management

    Take control and eliminate silos.

  11. AOL Slow To Catch Up To Technology

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Network Operations Center Analyst in Dulles, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Network Operations Center Analyst in Dulles, VA (US)

    I have been working at AOL full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.

    Advice to Management

    Allow movement within the company for your hard-working employees. Show that gratitude not just speaking volumes. Give those individuals an opportunity to grow and gain more knowledge and experience by allowing those time to train in other areas.

    Provide a solid work/life balance and allow more support for other areas of improvement in multiple departments throughout AOL.

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