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AOL Reviews in San Francisco, CA US

Updated Mar 24, 2014
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3.6 15 reviews

                             

88% Approve of the CEO

AOL Chairman and CEO Tim Armstrong

Tim Armstrong

(8 ratings)

64% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Senior Manager (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA (US)

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

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)

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

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 (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA (US)

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

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)

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

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)

I have been working at AOL full-time

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)

I have been working at AOL

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

I worked at AOL

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)

I have been working at AOL

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)

I worked at AOL

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)

I worked at AOL

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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