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Working here is like working in a hamster wheel

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Independent Contributor in Dulles, VA
Current Employee - Independent Contributor in Dulles, VA

I have been working at AOL full-time (more than 8 years)

Pros

Great compensation
Great perks (especially the gym)
Terrific people

Cons

Top management operates under the "Bright Shiny Object" principle
No infrastructure - no standard policies, no standard processes, no consequences for not following existing policies and processes

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Set a strategy and stick with it for a few months, please! Projects seem to be developed on a whim, and then dropped just as suddenly as soon as a different idea is proposed but not all stakeholders or contributors to the project are told that the project has been stopped. Brands are launched, then forgotten. Products are developed internally at great cost, but are never promoted because promotion space is reserved for competitor products who pay for advertising, and then the internal products die. Nobody knows what anyone else is doing, or who can answer questions when they arise. There is so much turnover in personnel, and very few handoffs of information when people leave or come in, that trying to find answers to questions is hugely challenging. Overall, this is the most frustrating company I've ever worked for in terms of just getting the basic information needed to do the job - like who is working on which product or on which team.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

664 Other Employee Reviews for AOL (View Most Recent)

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    Great potential, too political to get out of their own way.

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    Former Employee - Vice President in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Vice President in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Great brands and future potential

    Cons

    20% of the staff does 80% of the work and genuinely cares about what they are working on. The rest are too busy hiding or playing politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a moment to step back and take an objective look at the teams and individuals within the company. There are people who care and are willing to step up and are busting their asses to produce great consumer experiences. Unfortunately, they are too often ignored.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    A great place to work.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Administrator in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Administrator in Dulles, VA

    I have been working at AOL full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Always something fun going on at the campus. Beer bashes, scooters, free coffee, tea, soda, & juice. Company sincerely cares about employee welfare as well as helping out in the community wherever possible. Flexibility with schedules/time off.

    Cons

    Things are still somewhat fragmented from the years of mismanagement/bloat. Lot's of layers of middle management, since there are so many different groups.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep us moving on the upward trend!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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