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Excellent, technical people - despite what you might think

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Former Employee - Principal Systems Analyst  in  Dulles, VA
Former Employee - Principal Systems Analyst in Dulles, VA

I worked at AOL full-time for more than 10 years

Pros

Yes, AOL still exists. Even better, it has highly motivated, intelligent, technical people using cutting-edge technologies and methodologies to drive the company forward.

Cons

The company's strategy is muddy and difficult to explain, and there is a constant threat of downsizing. This contributes to stress and morale problems.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

From the very top, there needs to be a clear, concise vision of company strategy.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Very talented people. Lack of vision on upper management

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    Former Employee - Art Director  in  Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Art Director in Dulles, VA

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

    Pros

    Great people in the team. Overall culture is upbeat.

    Cons

    Lack of direction from leadership, chaotic managment

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Debasing the journalism profession, one day at a time

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    Former Employee - Managing Editor  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Managing Editor in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    The editing software was linked directly to the payment system, so you got paid for your work on time without having to cajole anybody.

    Cons

    A handful of people at the top got rich by paying the writers next to nothing, abusing contract labor, publishing poorly researched or thought-out stories. Upper management was uncommunicative and more or less clueless. New marching orders/Kool-aid flavor every week. Zero-based budgeting negotiated every two days or so.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay good people properly. Try not to manage so much to raw metrics, but to human qualities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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