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Still a great place to work

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

Pros

AOL's air of informality and the people are what make me want to come to work every day. There is a lot of talent at this place, despite what the media would lead you to believe. Management also truly supports the idea of work/life balance. You are allowed to do your work when and from where you need to do it. With the spinoff from Time Warner and the new leadership, there is real opportunity to turn this ship around and to be part of something exciting, if you are willing to take the risk.

Cons

The constant threat of layoffs can wear even the most optimistic person down. Ongoing changes in company direction and leadership make it difficult to get any traction and seem excessive, even in a technology-based company. Employees feel a bit like they've been in an abusive relationship for the last few years. You don't want to draw attention to yourself or take a risk for fear of putting a layoff target on your back.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

The new leadership brings hope and optimism. Please be patient with employees. We have been abused for a few years and need some gentle coaxing to bring us out of our shells. Our innovative nature is still there -- just dormant but by no means dead. Help us build trust with you and we'll help you knock it outta the park!

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Compelling Place To Work Until The Layoff

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Programming Manager
    Former Employee - Programming Manager

    Pros

    AOL was a compelling and fun place to work until budget cuts and changes in programming forced "Community" out of the business and we were replaced by ad revenue.

    Cons

    Focus on member experience was replaced by the value of the amighty dollar. The industry became too competitive and AOL just couldn't keep up...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to the grass roots thinking that built America Online - Today, you're just another place to grab email. :(

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    AOL , in its heyday, was a great workplace

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA

    Pros

    Casual environment (where else is it encouraged that you instant message and surf the internet at work??), great life/work balance, good compensation and benefits.

    Cons

    Professional growth and internal promotion are not top priorities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rethink your advertising platform business model.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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