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Needs to stick to one plan

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Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Dulles, VA
Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Dulles, VA

I have been working at AOL

Disapproves of CEO
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

The benefits are fairly generous and the salaries are pretty good for this area. And believe it or not, many of the people here (I work as a software developer) are actually very smart.

Cons

The constant re-orgs and yearly layoffs are very frustrating. It seems to occur like clockwork at least once every year, and sometimes twice. They contribute to a very negative work environment. When the rumors start flying, and depending on if your division is likely to be affected, employee morale basically plummets and it seems hardly any work gets done. Given that circumstance, it's hard to see employees do anything more than the minimum their job requires.

Advice to Management

AOL could do better if it was free from the incompetence at Time Warner and given more visionary executive leadership. In order to compete against the big boys in this space, you don't need managers, you need visionaries. Make a plan and stick to it.

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  1. Good work/life balance but projects are not that exciting

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at AOL

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

    Pros

    The work/life balance is pretty good. Senior management are all former engineers, so there is an understanding that software development always takes longer than expected. There is definitely not as much stress as in some other companies I have worked for in the past. Usually, you always have time and energy for doing things outside of work. Salary is on par with the rest of the big companies (Microsoft, Yahoo, etc.) Bonus is usually pretty good.

    Cons

    AOL uses quite a bit of AOL-specific technology for backend server development, so it's hard to get exposed to the popular new technologies. Acquiring new skills/knowledge on the job is a bit of a challenge. Benefits are really weak compared to other companies. There are not that many opportunities for advancement. There is more emphasis on maintaining/adding to the existing products than on innovation.

    Advice to Management

    20% time for doing your own projects.


  2. Eh.... but could be so much more

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager Business Development
    Current Employee - Senior Manager Business Development

    I have been working at AOL

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It's a great place because of the scale it has. It's easier to get new products/services up and running and distributed to people.
    Great to work with other professionals who know what they're doing. People are eager to do a good job and accomplish goals. Eventhough there has been much management turnover, most employees are still excited about the possibilities for the company.

    Cons

    Incompetence of Sr. Management. Too much politics. No real leadership in the C-Suite. No exposure to Sr. Executives other than reading about what they say at conferences etc.
    No real justification of acquisitions. People are always concerned about an upcoming layoff.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate better with employees face to face. Learn from Lynda Clarizio about how it's beneficial to be in front of employees and listen to what they say.
    Eat in the cafeteria instead of the executive dining room. Take the company shuttle w/ the rest of the employees instead of chartering a separate jet to go to Westchester.


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