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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

Other Reviews for AOL

  1.  

    Great place to learn

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

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

    Pros

    interesting projects
    passionate colleagues
    tons of resources to get things done
    some flexibility with work hours
    competitive pay for the area
    nice working environment

    Cons

    a lot of politics to deal with
    morale has continued to go downhill
    constantly changing organizational structure which means lots of different managers over time
    very little loyalty for good work done

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire and retain for attitude, commitment, and passion.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    AOL is a great place to work!

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Manager in Dulles, VA

    I have been working at AOL full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Good work/life balance, Collaborative Environment, good team environment

    Cons

    Constant Change -employees need to be able to keep up with fast environment

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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