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In spite of its abundant problems, it was an interesting place to work.

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Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Palo Alto, CA
Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Palo Alto, CA

I worked at AOL full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

I worked at AOL's Palo Alto office from 2010 to 2013 and found it to be a place where interesting people were working on innovative things in a flexible and mostly supportive environment. The team there shipped a series of decent consumer web/mobile products, which was good to see. It's an advertising/media company, but also manages to do some product development at the edges.

Cons

Internal corporate politics and a murky overall strategy made it difficult for any particular effort to succeed. The strategy would shift regularly; good products would get as far as release and then would be unceremoniously dropped. And there was a constant, rolling reorg. In this environment, an employee's success would mostly be a political question since no particular product or team would remain intact long enough to be evaluated on its merits; the executive team was in a constant state of turnover. This was particularly hard for teams working outside of New York.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Clarity and stability of strategy and more focus on the kind of technology that's winning in the market(not just advertising tech, but tech for consumer products) would help boost the company's attractiveness to the type of people who make a difference at today's tech companies. As of now the company feels like a combination of a miracle of financial engineering and a second-tier web advertising network, while pretending (with some success) to be a leading media and consumer internet brand.

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Always worried about layoffs

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA

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

    Pros

    -learned a lot
    -coworkers are great
    -casual work environment
    -flexible work/life balance (although hours can be long)

    Cons

    -always worried about layoffs
    -management very short-term profit focused vs long term growth
    -struggling to redefine itself
    -no room for growth, especially in Virginia

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Executive turnover is too high. Need executives who motivate employees to innovate and get back on top of the Internet.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    No opinion of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Pretentious, washed up and over-valued.

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Product Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary, flexible schedule. No one cares when you get in or leave. Or if you want to work from home. In most situations, managers do not even count your vacation days, I had co-workers sneaking in an extra week or two, then rolling over the rest. Aslo, some people seem to play ping pong all day.

    Cons

    The company is really full of it's self. They think that they are doing something special and innovative, like Google, but they are not. The goal of the company is just to keep the stock price up at any expense. They have made peculiar budgeting suggestions, like firing loads of people, and them buying new expensive furnatre for the lounge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice to management. If it is there goal to exploite their workers for better bottom line and bonuses, then they are already doinga great job. No one is going to care what this girl thinks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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