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Fun, Exciting and Challenging

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

I have been working at AOL full-time (more than a year)

Pros

The people here are phenomenal. The work culture is that of a start up/ tech company with their flexible work hours (may depend on group), availability to work from home, happy hours, flexibility to wear casual clothes and lots of autonomy.

Cons

Sometimes unorganized and too many reorgs, direction and mission has been lost. They need a stronger executive team that has a clear direction and can lead them in the right path.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Create a stronger executive team with a clear mission that connects for all the different businesses, make it transparent to the whole company and how each person contributes to these goals and win.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Terrible place to work for talented developers

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Dulles, VA

    I worked at AOL full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Was a fun place to work for the first few years I worked there, but the ratio of managers to developers became higher and higher over time.

    Cons

    Very "top-heavy" - some projects on which I worked as a senior software engineer had almost 50% management. The management is proficient at political maneuvering but inept at independently making competent decisions. The bureaucracy is so bad, they had to use outside firms to develop new products/software. Owners of these outside companies were often personal friends of those AOL managers which hired them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hint: build products and services that customers not only want but are also willing to pay for. Making money is not a crime.

    Another hint: if you put advertisements on it is NOT sufficient reason to for a customer to come to an AOL site.

    Overall, the company is very "top-heavy" - some projects on which I worked as a senior software engineer had almost 50% management. The management is proficient at political maneuvering but inept at independently making competent decisions. Everything had to be done by committee ("scrum") - and frequently that committee included neither the people who would pay for the services (i.e. the customers) nor the people who would build the services (i.e., the developers). The bureaucracy is so bad, they had to use outside firms to develop new products/software. Owners of these outside companies were often personal friends of those AOL managers which hired them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    great team

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY

    I worked at AOL full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    telecommuted, flexible, good benefits. I never go the opportunity to visit an actual AOL office my entire term there. so my opinions are strictly from a remote standpoint. I think the company is fairly friendly to telecommuters.

    Cons

    not much choice in what teams you can move between, but that may have been partly due to telecommuting. I think teams could be more enabled than they are. Several groups seemed very top down and didnt allow teams to figure out the best way to solve problems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower teams, let them innovate, try to not be top down.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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