AOL Reviews

Updated 28 September 2014
Updated 28 September 2014
635 Reviews
3.5
635 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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 27 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    A fun company, being a Phoenix!

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    Former Employee - Recruitment Manager  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Recruitment Manager in London, England

    I worked at AOL full-time for more than 3 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Amazing talent worldwide - utilise it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Change, change and change

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    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Account Manager in London, England

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    terrible

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    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager in London, England

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

    Pros

    - work colleagues are ok

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    A real shame, could have been so much better!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    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 for more than 3 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Need to work on Employee Retention

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    professional and rich experience

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Contracting for AOL in London.

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    Former Employee - Technical Lead  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Technical Lead in London, England

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

    Pros

    Interesting, challenging large scale projects.

    Cons

    Large corporation politics, lack of clear direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Amazing experience with full stack BDD approach

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software QA Engineer  in  City of London, England
    Current Employee - Software QA Engineer in City of London, England

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

    Pros

    Big brand, Wok culture and best industry practices

    Cons

    became old, concerned about future business opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To look for latest enhancement to live in the competation

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    chaotic and a company stuck in the past tech wise

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I have been working at AOL

    Pros

    good benefits, decent salary, good colleagues

    Cons

    terrible middle and senior management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    good place to work but opportunities for development can be limited

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    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in London, England

    I worked at AOL

    Pros

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

    Cons

    AOL 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...

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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