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Former Employee - General Manager  in  Dulles, VA
Former Employee - General Manager in Dulles, VA

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

Pros

AOL was in the middle of the Internet boom and so it was a very exciting time to work there. Many VERY smart people chasing disruptive business models and some people (the earlier hires) became very wealthy.

Cons

The culture could be poisonous and, likely due to the possibility of quick riches, attracted people with questionable ethical standards, and some of these people moved up quickly. There was also the tendency to make rash business decisions without really evaluating the market/data, and as a result hundreds of millions of dollars we're blown in the pursuit of really poorly thought-out initiatives.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

The pursuit of some type of journalistic, media business model has proven itself to be folly over and over again. Watching a market cap go from +100BN to <2BN should be a clear indication that nobody believes the margins or growth prospects of this model are attractive. There needs to be a refocus on product vs editorial before it's too late.

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    Great workplace

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

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

    Pros

    Great work environment, in building cafeteria, flexible work hours (work from home benefit), good salary and overall benefits

    Cons

    People who's been working there for over 10 years are generally not technically competitive and unwilling to embrace changes or challenges in most cases. Politics between apartments can limit your efficiency. Very ridiculous performance review system.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    value those who can actually work and give them a career path. Cut those who kiss manager's ass but can't get anything done.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Be with dynamic people in an innovative company.

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    Current Employee - Sales  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at AOL full-time

    Pros

    Community 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.

    Cons

    A large company is often difficult to navigate, some divisions are closer linked than others to the main corporate structure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    continue to take care of your best people and they will stay

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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