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Updated Apr 10, 2014
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3.3 567 reviews

                             

65% Approve of the CEO

AOL Chairman and CEO Tim Armstrong

Tim Armstrong

(305 ratings)

55% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "The people were great and the work / life balance was very fair"
    in 72 reviews
  • "good pay, good work environment, learning experience"
    in 40 reviews
Cons:
  • "The senior management really don't care much about the company except, for each for their own piece"
    in 24 reviews
  • "Work-life balance at AOL could be better due to under resourcing"
    in 8 reviews
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professional and rich experience

Mobile Manager (Former Employee)
London, England

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

ProsQuite good level of people working there especially on the advertsisng side. Mobility and carrer management is fair and ok

Consthe company is quite old now and its strategy is not clear and or proven. Some changes happens a lot with impact on business and carreers

Advice to Senior ManagementBe sure people understand the company strategy and receive clear and concret objectives

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

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Fun place to work

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at AOL full-time for more than 3 years

ProsThe company has a great outlook, some very amazing people, some really strong products. The future looks bright. Really fun place to work.

ConsVery limited growth opportunities, Very poor retention policy. Too many and too often there is a restructuring and changes in the organization.

Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to work on Employee Retention

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Contracting for AOL in London.

Technical Lead (Former Employee)
London, England

I worked at AOL as a contractor for more than 3 years

ProsInteresting, challenging large scale projects.

ConsLarge corporation politics, lack of clear direction.

Advice to Senior ManagementSoftware engineers aren't disposable commodities. You get what you pay for.

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

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Amazing experience with full stack BDD approach

Software QA Engineer (Current Employee)
City of London, England

I have been working at AOL full-time for less than a year

ProsBig brand, Wok culture and best industry practices

Consbecame old, concerned about future business opportunities

Advice to Senior ManagementTo look for latest enhancement to live in the competation

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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chaotic and a company stuck in the past tech wise

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
London, England

I have been working at AOL

Prosgood benefits, decent salary, good colleagues

Consterrible middle and senior management

Advice to Senior Managementstop changing the org chart every 5 minutes, look after good people, kill the middle management layer that stops anything getting done, theres always triple the managers than people doing the work.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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good place to work but opportunities for development can be limited

Senior Financial Analyst (Former Employee)
London, England

I worked at AOL

ProsInteresting and fun people work there;
good perks;
interesting industry and dynamic environment;
Looks good for prospective employers on the CV

ConsAOL are getting left behind in a space where loads of cash is available for very few players.
A new plan is always round the corner...

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Director (Former Employee)
London, England

I worked at AOL

ProsGood work life balance
Salaries (at least for newer people) were good
good benefit package (including partner benefits)
bonuses were usually paid out

ConsWay too many middle managers who had no idea what they were doing
Unreasonable expectations from management
Known in the market as a company with it's best days behind it

Advice to Senior ManagementMy main advice would be to hire the best person for each open job, regardless of whether they came from Google or not.

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Suppose it's ok. If you love uncertainty it's great.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
London, England

I have been working at AOL

ProsInitially the lack of any sort of process is liberating as you feel like you can just do whatever you like. I also quite like what they've done with the canteen, and the free breakfasts on the 1st of the month, free drinks on Friday nights - they're trying.

ConsTotal lack of process results in hopeless mess where nothing gets done, ever, and no one has any idea who to go to for information. Culture of regular layoffs also means people have realised that knowledge is power, so they either deliberately misinform you, or just don't share.

Advice to Senior ManagementI don't really have any advice, I guess I'm drawing my own conclusions abotu the 6 months I ahve spent here, and in light of the fact I am highly likely to get canned in the next round, I'm looking elsewhere.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Very professional teams but organisation dysfunctional

Manager Strategy (Former Employee)
London, England

I worked at AOL

ProsVery talented and skilled employees. Good atmosphere within and between teams. Good work-life balance. Brand name. Will from managemet to push thinking ahead and to embrace new ideas (eg Blue Ocean Strategy, NetPromoter Score, SixSigma,...).

ConsDecision making process dysfunctional (tendency to leave situations "as is"). Parent company not giving enough autonomy to subsidiaries, thus difficult to take critical local decisions in timely manner. Rather flat organisation means lower opportunities of promotion.

Advice to Senior ManagementHave the will to take bold decisions (already the case in some way). Refocus on employees (a lot of talented people) and give them more opportunities to contribute and to imagine a future within AOL.

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Passionate and focused

Senior Manager (Current Employee)
London, England

I have been working at AOL

ProsEveryone loves a comeback and the strategy and future plans are sound. Now comes the exciting part of execution. The user base is still huge and the products, ok not all of them, but most of the key products are excellent and are moving forwards. There are smart people here and honestly some of the dead wood needing clearing out.

ConsChange is hard and sometimes the process is a little frayed. So don't always expect your hard work to be noticed and rewarded.

Advice to Senior ManagementBe honest, stay the course but don't become over-reliant on documentation, listen and talk to senior staff more.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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