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Talented people with incompetent Senior 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 full-time (more than 10 years)

Pros

I worked for AOL for over 10 years before they finally did layoffs in my team. In that time I met some of the best engineering talent around. Given the right direction these people can build anything, and can scale bigger than anyone.

Cons

I lost track of how many projects I've built that withered on the vine. Its not that there is no direction, its that strategy and direction change constantly. It had gotten a little better once Brad Garlinghouse left, but most engineers are frustrated because they're shooting at moving targets with too few resources (the layoffs have cut too deeply).

Another con: there is very little room for advancement. Management has laid off too many people to get the work done, so every team is short-handed, and managers who make an issue of this are seen as ineffective and part of the problem. Management has no perception of what it takes to develop products.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Stick with a plan, for God's sake. Hire enough people to get the job done. Your mid-level managers are now afraid to ask for help when they are understaffed because of the culture you've built.

Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    A Contractor that watched poor choices many times

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Dulles, VA

    I worked at AOL as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Some good people there and good pay as a contractor. It was also rather flexible and relaxed in the office.

    Cons

    Lots of changes in direction and overall poor choices like the commitment to Patch. Due to poor choices regarding what to fund I saw many people get laid off, some of which were there for many years and had tons of knowledge that was essential to the workings of AOL systems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hint: Listen to your customers. When I was there I looked in to a customer feedback link for CORE services only to find out that #1 it was broken, #2 nobody was reading the feedback and #3 nobody had any power to respond or react to the feedback.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    AOL

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AOL full-time

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits and compensation

    Cons

    Limited growth opportunities for certain employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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