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AOL Reviews in San Francisco, CA US

Updated Mar 24, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

3.6 16 reviews

88% Approve of the CEO

AOL Chairman and CEO Tim Armstrong

Tim Armstrong

(8 ratings)

58% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • flexible work/life balance (although hours can be long)(in 82 reviews)

  • Or if you want to work from home(in 21 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management talks the talk, but doesn't walk the walk(in 27 reviews)

  • The department you work in determines what kind of work life balance you will have(in 10 reviews)

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    Senior Manager (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA (US)

    ProsGenerous Salary, Free Food, WFH

    ConsNo growth opportunities, poor management, treat employees badly

    Advice to Senior ManagementTAKE CARE OF YOUR EMPLOYEES!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not like the AOL we all know

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA (US)

    ProsAOL 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.

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

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

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    Advertising Sales Director

    Advertising Sales Director (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA (US)

    ProsAOL 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.

    ConsAOL 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 Senior Managementsimplify. remove the politics. champion talent. Know who you are.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Outside Sales Professional

    Senior Advertising Manager (Former Employee) Lafayette, CA (US)

    ProsThe Product, Outside Sales, Customer Service, Sales.

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Be with dynamic people in an innovative company.

    Sales (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA (US)

    ProsCommunity 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.

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

    Advice to Senior Managementcontinue to take care of your best people and they will stay

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

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    Smooth experience

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA (US)

    ProsSan 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.

    ConsAlways 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good

    Marketing Manager (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA (US)

    ProsGreat People, good salary, great snacks

    ConsNo money in the place at all

    Advice to Senior Managementbetter filters on hiring as they dont know who is in the house

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    I bring structure to chaos. It soul sucking

    Manager of Systems Administration (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA (US)

    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 Senior Management- dont leak your master plan, man

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    Great People, Rough Leadership

    Software Engineer (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA (US)

    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

    ConsNot 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 Senior ManagementKeep the good engineers where they belong, doing engineering work.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    manager with poor people skills

    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA (US)

    Proscool 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.

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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