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Helpful (1)

better than people said it would be

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Current Employee - UI Designer in Dulles, VA
Current Employee - UI Designer in Dulles, VA

I have been working at AOL

Recommends
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

smart people
nice people
decent professional development/learning opps if you're self-directed
some interesting projets
fun outings occasionally
company possibly on the upswing

Cons

culture of scarcity and fear of layoffs
changes business models frequently
management was (changing w/Tim Armstrong) risk averse and inclined to blatantly copy competitors rather than consider interesting creative design solutions/directions
need to defend yourself for working there and not being a hack with no other options

Advice to Management

Keep up efforts w/rebranding and building new brand loyalty; buil doff core strengths of the existing loyal demographic and give them an updated experience they can be happy with; don't dumb down the experience any more than it is

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  1. Helpful (1)

    AOL is dazed and confused

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at AOL

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

    Pros

    Salary and health coverage ok

    Cons

    Hiring and firing both in the same equation and in the same week.

    Advice to Management

    Compasion and competence needs to be added for success.

  2. No Clue

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at AOL

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There were many good and smart people working at AOL. Inter team cooperation was usually good. Most managers were very good about setting a reasonable work/life balance. Pay and benefits were not bad.

    Cons

    Constants re-orgs and layoffs make keeping focus difficult. Lack of coordination and cooperation between orgs. Lots of fiefdoms and turf wars. Management has not clue how to monatize products or what makes a compelling product. They also gave up on good products too soon and let bad ones linger.

    Advice to Management

    Stop with constant shuffle of products, people, and orgs. I had 6 managers in 2.5 years. Get some good product folks and stick with something.

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