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Great Team, strange corporate goals

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY

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

Pros

Our entity, had great flexibility.

Cons

Interacting with the rest of the corporation was often frustrating

Advice to ManagementAdvice

turns out, talented people are important. Keeping them around is a good idea ;)

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    GREAT Culture

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

    I have been working at AOL full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Culture, Benefits, Work Life Balance

    Cons

    Leadership can make questionable decisions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great people in the trenches, idiots in the C Suite

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Dulles, VA

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

    Pros

    Really smart people at the individual contributor level
    Good compensation, nice facilities

    Work-life balance WAS good until they got carried away with the layoffs and doubled employee workload.

    Cons

    Too many to list. The executive leadership is utterly clueless and without direction. Multiple rounds of layoffs have left the "lucky" survivors seriously overworked.

     AOL's portfolio is littered with the wrecks of companies they've acquired and run into the ground. They had an early leadership position in multiple market segments which they squandered.

    Let's look at some of the casualties and lost opportunities:
    - Bebo. Purchased for $850M, flaming wreckage sold back to the founder for $1M
    - Netscape. Once the top site on the internet and a technical leader in browser technology. At least the world got Firefox out of the deal. AOL shareholders got nothing.
    - Mapquest. Had a solid 3 year lead on Google Maps. Zero reinvestment and treating it like a cash cow squandered that lead and invaluable customer goodwill.
    - X-Drive: an early pioneer in cloud-based storage. Another leadership position lost, more goodwill flushed away
    - Time-Warner. Was supposed to move AOL into broadband via TW cable and bring TW media content online. All of the natural synergies were completely torpedoed due to boardroom bickering between billion-dollar egos.
    - Advertising.com - had an early lead over Google adwords, multiple opportunities to compete squandered, little reinvestment or innovation, misguided strategy that was doggedly pursued despite copious evidence they were hemorrhaging market share.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    First off, lose the AOL name. There is no goodwill left in the brand (if there ever was any to begin with)

    Second, resign in favor of people who actually understand the technology and the market you're competing in.

    Third, listen to the people in the trenches regardless of what their job title is. They know more than you think.

    Stop copying and start innovating again. That means competing against Google and Facebook to hire top-tier talent, and then actually listening to those people and giving them the freedom to create.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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