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manager with poor people skills

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Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

I worked at AOL

Pros

cool factor (aol/video), great downtown location, allow MAC desktops, young and talented crowd.
very good technical challenges and powerful upper management that is efficient when implementing changes or push for a new release.

Cons

Terrible manager with no people skills, not technical enough to make decision and prone to change his position under the pressure of any character making a point. manager not believing in initiative nor rewarding success,

Advice to ManagementAdvice

allow real open door policy at all level so issues can be work outside the circle of buddies .

Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO

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  1.  

    AOL Technally sound but reserved and in tough times

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Administrator in Ashburn, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Administrator in Ashburn, VA

    I have been working at AOL

    Pros

    Very felexible work enviroment, Very good technical people, Excellent benefits. Felexability to solve problems and grow technically with training. Very creative work enviroment.

    Cons

    Financial stability, major layoffs. Closed communications and an unwillingness to grow or be open to industyry standards, outsourcing jobs to Asia and India. Becasue of layoffs of Sr. Engineers experience seems to be at extreams none or very. The latter being thinest. AOL survival is questionable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Sr. Management is questionably loyal to employees. Ther is not a clear primary goal for the organization. Make money through the sale of ads, keep customer happy have best content on the web. But no real specific plan of achiving it. Tim Armstrong has been a positive force with a monumental task. He communicates very well and is very honest and up front about what is happening with AOL

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    AOL has seen its better days

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Dulles, VA

    I worked at AOL

    Pros

    AOL has a loft of bright and talented people, both in technical and management positions. As a (former) big company it was able to offer competitive salaries, good benefit package, great work/life balance.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, many of good things at AOL have changed to worse. Annual layoffs eliminated a lot of people, and their workload had to be picked up by the rest. Layoffs also impacted morale, lot of smart people left by themselves. Benefits are being reduced every year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People at AOL can achieve a lot, but upper management need to guide the company into the right strategical direction.

    No opinion of CEO
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