AOL Reviews in San Francisco, CA

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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. 3 people found this helpful  

    2 Year Max

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at AOL full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Generous Salary, Free Food, WFH

    Cons

    No growth opportunities, poor management, treat employees badly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    TAKE CARE OF YOUR EMPLOYEES!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Not like the AOL we all know

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at AOL full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    AOL is one of the first tech companies, but still manages to stay current - smart acquisitions, releasing better technology and products, positive and fun workplace environment.

    Cons

    As with any large corporation, positions are very specialized with less room to grow. Red tape, negative/unfavorable public image from AOL's dial-up service (working on this)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When there are meetings asking for feedback from employees, act on the feedback and let it be known that you have heard them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Advertising Sales Director

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Advertising Sales Director in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Advertising Sales Director in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    AOL has been called "the dirt road to the information super highway". It was one of the first businesses on the internet. It has a long history. AOL has a product for everything on the web giving employees exposure to everything. It's content owned business connects with a great audience. It's a great training ground as an introduction to digital sales.

    Cons

    AOL can be a challenge in getting anything done. It still acts like a big company with many departments. It can be very difficult to navigate and get approvals to get business from beginning to end. People don't own a project or their work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    simplify. remove the politics. champion talent. Know who you are.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Outside Sales Professional

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Advertising Manager in Lafayette, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Advertising Manager in Lafayette, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    The Product, Outside Sales, Customer Service, Sales.

    Cons

    Getting Laid Off. Mico-managing even while exceeding goals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Be with dynamic people in an innovative company.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at AOL full-time

    Pros

    Community connections through civil service activities and team building workshops, well known brand in the marketplace who is providing the only other technology stack rivaling Google, great benefits and competitive salary.

    Cons

    A large company is often difficult to navigate, some divisions are closer linked than others to the main corporate structure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    continue to take care of your best people and they will stay

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Smooth experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at AOL

    Pros

    San Francisco office is well-designed and intended to be a collaborative work environment. Benefits are good, pay is good. HR/infrastructure works well and isn't full of red tape.

    Cons

    Always in fear that the company is going to go under one day. I believe in our mission and our goals, but it's continually not reflected in the numbers.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at AOL

    Pros

    Great People, good salary, great snacks

    Cons

    No money in the place at all

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    better filters on hiring as they dont know who is in the house

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    I bring structure to chaos. It soul sucking

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager of Systems Administration in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Manager of Systems Administration in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at AOL

    Pros

    - Good benefits
    - Great people
    - Flexible hours
    - Flexible locations

    Cons

    - Too much bureaucracy
    - Moves to slowly
    - Some parts of the organization are immature

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - dont leak your master plan, man

    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great People, Rough Leadership

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at AOL

    Pros

    * Great team members
    * Easy access to needed resources
    * Above average compensation and benefits
    * Nice facilities
    * Interesting work, depending on the group you are in

    Cons

    Not all teams have great leadership. Often times great engineers will be put into management and leadership positions where they don't really belong. The looming threat of layoffs always made for tense times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the good engineers where they belong, doing engineering work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    manager with poor people skills

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at AOL

    Pros

    cool factor (aol/video), great downtown location, allow MAC desktops, young and talented crowd.
    very good technical challenges and powerful upper management that is efficient when implementing changes or push for a new release.

    Cons

    Terrible manager with no people skills, not technical enough to make decision and prone to change his position under the pressure of any character making a point. manager not believing in initiative nor rewarding success,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    allow real open door policy at all level so issues can be work outside the circle of buddies .

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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