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Needs to stick to one plan

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

I have been working at AOL

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 ManagementAdvice

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.

Disapproves of CEO

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    Great opportunities, many hurdles preventing progress, mostly management.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA

    I have been working at AOL

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Disapproves of CEO
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    Management utterly disconnected from the troops, or reality.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Dulles, VA

    I have been working at AOL

    Pros

    Good brand recognition for my next position, still very large reach with the ability to get products in front of millions of people. A lot of good can be done with such a power. Overall the lower ranks are filled with good people, even if not the smartest.

    Cons

    A dying brand, lacking direction, compelling vision or strong leadership. Many very good people have already left riding the gravy train of the bi-annual layoffs. Those that remained behind usually lack the drive to be truly innovative or assume any risk.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire Ron Grant, the COO, today!
    Seriously.
    He has already cost the company hundreds of millions of $'s and he is on the roll.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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