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Updated Apr 21, 2014
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3.3 573 reviews

                             

65% Approve of the CEO

AOL Chairman and CEO Tim Armstrong

Tim Armstrong

(310 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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Always worried about layoffs

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

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

Pros-learned a lot
-coworkers are great
-casual work environment
-flexible work/life balance (although hours can be long)

Cons-always worried about layoffs
-management very short-term profit focused vs long term growth
-struggling to redefine itself
-no room for growth, especially in Virginia

Advice to Senior ManagementExecutive turnover is too high. Need executives who motivate employees to innovate and get back on top of the Internet.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Family friendly

Business Development Manager (Current Employee)
Ashburn, VA (US)

I have been working at AOL full-time for more than 5 years

ProsExcellent family friendly environment. Benefits are good. Not great but good. Success at AOL depends on what the company is doing at the time. In order to succeed one must roll with the punches and adapt quickly to the ever-changing environment.

ConsSad to say there are a lot of lay-offs.

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

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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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Constant Downsizings got tiring

Senior Project Manager (Former Employee)
Dulles, VA (US)

I worked at AOL full-time for more than 10 years

ProsVacation policy and most bosses allow for flexible hours and working from home. Good compensation and benefits. In the business of helping people.

ConsConstant threat of downsizings, now occurring quarterly. State they are transparent but are not. Cliques.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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A world of disappointment

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Palo Alto, CA (US)

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

ProsPays well (good comp + bonus); interesting challenges in terms of extending the consumer base

ConsHorrible internal systems; lots of legacy systems both for internal use and for end users; poor choices at the executive level about business strategy; all the company power is in NY so working in other offices doesn't avail one of the chance to have as large of an impact; poor financial discipline in terms of evaluating the performance of products

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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A roller coaster ride

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at AOL

ProsAOL has some of the best minds in the business focused on delivering relevant content to it's mass audience. Being a part of these teams and contributing to the news and various special interests that are of interest to you and published to the many looking for it is very rewarding.

ConsFinding the right part of the business for you can be a challenge. Various environments within are very cut-throat and competitive. The regular layoffs contribute to these challenges and instill a modest sense of uncertainty.

Advice to Senior ManagementPush for and strive to ensure current and future employees receive the training they need to better deliver in their current job and to be successful externally if necessary.

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Ok place to learn but not stable

Operations Analyst (Former Employee)
Baltimore, MD (US)

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

ProsGood tech people to work with. Good office location with ample parking. Fun summer crab feasts by the harbor. Lots of opportunities to learn.

ConsBusiness focus changes often. Corporate identity seems to be muddled. The company is quite unstable when I was there. They had to downsize and offer severance to a lot of employees.

Advice to Senior ManagementThe company has evolved from an ISP to a content and online ad revenue making company. There are still a few business that it gets itself into. Focus on the business that brings the most revenue stream and do well in it.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Alright, but lacks sound process and leadership to evaluate proposed and existing projects

Vice President (Current Employee)

I have been working at AOL full-time for more than 5 years

ProsFundamentally, there are tons of exciting research problems to work on and a tremendous amount of data available that enables super-exciting work. We also have fitness programs, flexible working hours, and acceptable pay (I think).

ConsIt's difficult to get projects of the ground. I have never figured out the vetting process for new projects. Initially and for way too long zero resources are made available to prove a project/product, but once a product has proven to have a great potential there tends to be an internal power struggle trying to claim ownership of the project destroying the project.

Advice to Senior ManagementRelated to the cons above: Clear ownership and responsibilities are needed. Without these there will even in the future be many good projects that fall apart before they succeed, and many bad projects that will keep going and consuming resources for much too long.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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