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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

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 ManagementAdvice

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

Disapproves of CEO

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    Former Employee - Technical Manager, Software Development in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Technical Manager, Software Development in Dulles, VA

    I worked at AOL

    Pros

    - Networking with other professionals to find more compelling oppurtunities in the industry while working on challenging assignments through different process models to gain leadership skills and product deliveries
    - Learn about scale, concurrency, distributed networking, real-time online community interaction
    - Content and Programming exposure
    - Ability to work with 3rd party's that can deliver on requirements

    Cons

    - Lack of shared vision
    - The time warner acquistion did not deliver -- and executive management placated the AOL workforce with investments and commitments that weren't authentic
    - Administrivia
    - Upsurd travel policies that lead to personal gain vs. team gain or product gain

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Figure out a real model to spin off from time warner, rebrand, and reduce scope instead of dreaming for a 1 time pay day sale of the company. You will never repay the debt to shareholders with that intent. Also learn that being authentic and real as Senior management might make it easier for companies to trust you and your intentions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Challenging operating environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Director in Dulles, VA

    I have been working at AOL

    Pros

    Operates some marketing leading online brands at scale

    Cons

    Uncertain strategic direction has created a challenging day to day work environment for employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide greater visibility into management's day to day; deliver clear consistent messaging about company strategy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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