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Great People, Rough Leadership

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

I worked at AOL

Doesn't Recommend
Approves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Approves of CEO

Pros

* Great team members * Easy access to needed resources * Above average compensation and benefits * Nice facilities * Interesting work, depending on the group you are in

Cons

Not all teams have great leadership. Often times great engineers will be put into management and leadership positions where they don't really belong. The looming threat of layoffs always made for tense times.

Advice to Management

Keep the good engineers where they belong, doing engineering work.

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  1. Great work-life balance

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

    I worked at AOL

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Great work-life balance - Good pay - Really smart people - Diversity in projects AOL was a great place to work providing lots of diversity in the projects you could work on.

    Cons

    - Annual Christmas layoffs - Past lack of real vision or leadership - Not a great place to advance your career within the company

    Advice to Management

    I believe AOL is on the right track to positioning themselves for a stronger future even though it means making some tough decisions. Tim Armstrong's leadership is a great addition to this troubled company.


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    AOL-lost its luster

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    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Dulles, VA

    I have been working at AOL

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work hours; a lot of people don't roll in until 9 or 10; convenient location; competitive wages and descent benefits package, the usual stuff including tuition reimbursement; although the benies have been trimmed down over the years

    Cons

    Clueless management team, constant restructuring, layoffs and change in business model; very political and matrixed reporting structure; very low employee morale

    Advice to Management

    Walk your talk, recognize that people are your greatest asset and demonstrate that to the employees; otherwise all your best talent (what's left) will continue to head for the exit.


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