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Great People, Rough Leadership

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

I worked at AOL

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 ManagementAdvice

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

Doesn't Recommend
Approves of CEO

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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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    It is probably best to work elsewhere if you value your sanity.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Manager in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at AOL

    Pros

    Fairish salary. Classes are paid for, good vacation time, lots of sick days. You basically cannot be fired no matter how incompetent you are.

    Cons

    The number is incompetent people who cannot properly communicate or do their jobs properly is astounding. How these people keep their jobs is beyond me. It ways down the high performers. You know what also weights down the people who do a good job? A 3% bonus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire people who cannot do their jobs. There is no reason we need to keep them on if they cannot do what is assigned to them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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