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Needs to stick to one plan

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Dulles, VA
Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Dulles, VA
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.

Other Employee Reviews for AOL

  1. Great opportunities, many hurdles preventing progress, mostly management.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great technology, good work environment, lots of flexibility.

    Cons

    Management prevents progress more than they enable it. The best ideas do not bubble up to the top.

    Advice to Management

    Allow employees to have a voice that is listened to and acknowledged, instead of just being the rank and file workers.


  2. It's just a job

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Product Manager in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Principal Product Manager in Dulles, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The pay is good and the work is easy. You can always count on doing nothing for six months of the year as AOL prepares for the next layoff/reorg.

    Cons

    AOL lacks vision and focus.

    Advice to Management

    Develop a differentiated and ownable strategy for AOL. The current copycat strategy is extremely ineffective.


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