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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

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 ManagementAdvice

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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    Company management in Virginia

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

    I worked at AOL

    Pros

    Fairly compensated. AOL is good line in the resume.

    Cons

    Remote management treating us as 2nd class citizens.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company needs to cut the political bs away.

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    Good place to work if given the autonomy and opportunity to succeed

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

    I worked at AOL

    Pros

    + Opportunity to work on some interesting products
    + Genuinely passionate employees
    + Opportunity to have your products used by many people
    + Can really drive business, if given the opportunity

    Cons

    + Plenty of change in management leads to uncertainty
    + "Strategic" initiatives often lead to overbearing bureaucracy
    + Overlap in groups leads to duplication of effort, uncoordinated strategies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    + Provide clear strategy and focus for employees
    + Reward employees who succeed measurably
    + Provide opportunities for employees to contribute, regardless of level

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