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Herding Kittens

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Former Employee - Executive Assistant in San Francisco, CA
Former Employee - Executive Assistant in San Francisco, CA

I worked at AOL

Recommends
No opinion of CEO
Recommends
No opinion of CEO

Pros

AOL offered very fair, if not superior compensation. The people I worked with were great, and clearly represented some of the best minds in the industry. The expectations given in terms of workload were entirely reasonable, and allowed me to find a great balance of work/personal life. AOL offered a superior benefits package that included vision and dental. In addition, working at AOL provided me with lots of opportunities for professional development.

Cons

You are ultimately working for the people who bring the internet to our grandparents, and whom still have not found their new identity in the DSL and Cable connected internet world.

Advice to Management

Dear Management of AOL, I know that you are riding an ever aging dinosaur, and trying to figure out how to best monetize it before it dies. Be nimble. Change with times. Maybe, just maybe, there might still be some life in that old dinosaur.

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  1. A New Hope

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    Current Employee - AOL Systems Architect
    Current Employee - AOL Systems Architect

    I have been working at AOL

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The prospects of spinning off from Time Warner and the new growth-focused leadership makes AOL a good place to be at this time.

    Cons

    AOL has been in a slow and steady decline since acquiring Netscape, Inc. in 1999. Its been almost ten years since that acquisition and seven since it merged with Time Warner. Reversing this trend will require the dedication and will power of everyone at the company. Given all that declining history, is AOL really in a position to turn this around (resources, minds, good will) and is the market able to support a growing AOL?

    Advice to Management

    Invest in internal people and ideas. I cannot stress enough how destructive it has been to invest in other companies and outside vendors when existing divisions could have used a fraction of that capital in order to produce a better product and improve our very own core competencies.


  2. A Real Roller-Coaster

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Dulles, VA

    I have been working at AOL

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Change: Things are always changing which enjoy - Benefits and Time-Off; I have 5-weeks plus additional flex time - Open to Telecommuting - Was Innovative - CoWorkers are usually FUN! - Decent work tools (laptop, blackberry, etc.)

    Cons

    - Short-Term thinking - Company does spend "any money" thus not innovating. - No Promotions or Raises in a long time

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your people again.


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