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AOL Reviews

Updated 17 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. Learnt a lot and grew my skills, however did not have much guidance

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AOL

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great bonus scheme and benefits, good team.

    Cons

    No structure. unclarity around what your job includes and what it doesnt

    Advice to Management

    Communication and commitment

  2. Great company to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software QA Engineer in London, England
    Former Employee - Software QA Engineer in London, England

    I worked at AOL full-time (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Work Life balance, Job Satisfaction, Learning opportunity, Lots of Benefits

    Cons

    Focused in USA not enough scope in other countries.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Used to be great place to work but business and culture in rapid decline

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - Product Manager in London, England

    I worked at AOL full-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    It still employs some of the brightest and best people around. The benefits are great, especially the nap room where you can sleep off hangovers. It can be quite flexible and the work life balance is fairly good.

    Cons

    DO NOT CONSIDER WORKING THERE IF YOU ARE A WOMAN. UK management is full of sexists and misogynists. There is a massive problem with men only recruiting men in their own image, in the key business decision-making roles. There is also an entrenched culture of bullying in the UK sales team which is top down and nobody seems to care or be doing anything about it. The UK organisation is as dysfunctional as I've ever seen.

    Advice to Management

    International management should do something about the UK management, probably root it out and start again.

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  5. Change, change and change

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Account Manager in London, England

    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

    Nice benefits, good colleagues, good location, good work life balance.

    Cons

    Management. Leadership constantly changes and so does the organisation. Office politics and poor communication.

    Advice to Management

    Add some consistency to your strategy so employees start taking you seriously.

  6. A fun company, being a Phoenix!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Recruitment Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - Recruitment Manager in London, England

    I worked at AOL full-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Culture driven, amazing talent, fun place to be, great acquisitions, understands the industry and with that cones a great company environment, good salaries and benefits.

    Cons

    The UK operation is a little detached from the US, but I feel that will change with time.

    Advice to Management

    Amazing talent worldwide - utilise it.

  7. Helpful (2)

    terrible

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager in London, England

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - work colleagues are ok

    Cons

    - management only care about short-term gains
    - lacking vision

  8. Helpful (1)

    A real shame, could have been so much better!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are so many talented & fun people. Really great products. Workplace culture is great amongst peers. There is a lot of potential for AOL!

    Cons

    Leadership don't really care and are extremely ego driven, lot of talk from leadership however don't lead by example or it feels contrived. Feel like you go around in circles, never any real progress.
    Bit of a boys club; some days I felt like I was in an episode of Mad Men.

    Advice to Management

    Culture has taken a real hit, needs to be led from above. Also feels like there are a lot of chiefs and not enough Indian's.

  9. Fun place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Need to work on Employee Retention

  10. professional and rich experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mobile Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - Mobile Manager in London, England

    I worked at AOL full-time (more than 5 years)

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    the 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 Management

    Be sure people understand the company strategy and receive clear and concret objectives

  11. Helpful (1)

    Contracting for AOL in London.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Technical Lead in London, England
    Former Contractor - Technical Lead in London, England

    I worked at AOL as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting, challenging large scale projects.

    Cons

    Large corporation politics, lack of clear direction.

    Advice to Management

    Software engineers aren't disposable commodities. You get what you pay for.

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