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Great tech place to work, in spite of the management.

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Current Employee - Software Engineer in Lancaster, PA
Current Employee - Software Engineer in Lancaster, PA

I have been working at AOL

Disapproves of CEO
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Casual dress code, decent pay. Ability to work on large projects. There are some very smart engineers working at AOL, and the office can be very fun at time. If you have good managers to deflect the crap falling from above it's not a bad place to work. It's also a huge plus that you actually get to work on real products that ship, instead of the standard IT projects at most large companies that happen to have an IT department.

Cons

Lack of leadership. Lack of direction. The infighting between major parts of the org chart is shocking. The top management needs to pick a solid direction and run with it. RIght now the company as a whole is spread too thin, and will continue to be spread thin while the hiring freeze is on.

Advice to Management

Get the ad business on track and kick the sales force in the butt. Hard.

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  1. AOL was fun while it lasted

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    Former Employee - Trainer in Ogden, UT
    Former Employee - Trainer in Ogden, UT

    I worked at AOL

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting company, great group of employees, diverse workforce. Very energetic and productive atmosphere, results - oriented. Global company that was a true part of the internet boom - nearly everyone had an AOL account at some time. Was a solid product that brought value to its customers, introduced many to the internet, did not exploit customers or inundate with advertising, many useful features, etc. Great network of AOL employees and sites worldwide.

    Cons

    Could be very pressuring at times, too focused on results, many in lower management disagreed with some higher-level decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Look at the big picture of how to please customers and increase revenue - listen more to those in direct contact with customers.


  2. Out of the frying pan, into the fire!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Database Administrator
    Current Employee - Principal Database Administrator

    I have been working at AOL

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

    Pros

    Technology, pay, work environment, people. This place is full of very bright, motivated, overachievers in the lower ranks. There isn't much they cannot do or learn.

    Cons

    Hours? Constantly changing priorities? Lack of direction from senior management. It would be nice if some of the really bright people in lower echelons learned to use their powers for good instead of remaining geeks. Too many smart ideas have been ruined or ignored by product management. This should be a technology leader. Stop following.

    Advice to Management

    Clue us in. Share your direction. Listen to us, we not only manage the products, but many of us live on them.


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