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"great team"

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Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I worked at AOL full-time (More than a year)

Pros

telecommuted, flexible, good benefits. I never go the opportunity to visit an actual AOL office my entire term there. so my opinions are strictly from a remote standpoint. I think the company is fairly friendly to telecommuters.

Cons

not much choice in what teams you can move between, but that may have been partly due to telecommuting. I think teams could be more enabled than they are. Several groups seemed very top down and didnt allow teams to figure out the best way to solve problems.

Advice to Management

Empower teams, let them innovate, try to not be top down.

Other Employee Reviews for AOL

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Terrible place to work for talented developers"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Dulles, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Was a fun place to work for the first few years I worked there, but the ratio of managers to developers became higher and higher over time.

    Cons

    Very "top-heavy" - some projects on which I worked as a senior software engineer had almost 50% management. The management is proficient at political maneuvering but inept at independently making competent decisions. The bureaucracy is so bad, they had to use outside firms to develop new products/software. Owners of these outside companies were often personal friends of those AOL managers which hired them.

    Advice to Management

    Hint: build products and services that customers not only want but are also willing to pay for. Making money is not a crime.

    Another hint: if you put advertisements on it is NOT sufficient reason to for a customer to come to an AOL site.

    Overall, the company is very "top-heavy" - some projects on which I worked as a senior software engineer had almost 50% management. The management is proficient at political maneuvering but inept at independently making competent decisions. Everything had to be done by committee ("scrum") - and frequently that committee included neither the people who would pay for the services (i.e. the customers) nor the people who would build the services (i.e., the developers). The bureaucracy is so bad, they had to use outside firms to develop new products/software. Owners of these outside companies were often personal friends of those AOL managers which hired them.


  2. "Glad to have worked there; Glad I left"

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    Former Employee - Technical Project Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Technical Project Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AOL full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Incredibly talented technology team
    -A good feeling of "team" in some places despite being such a large organization
    -Opportunity to work on products and services that are used by a lot of people

    Cons

    -Large stakeholder groups make it difficult to get things done
    -Multiple layoffs distract from doing real work (it's hard to concentrate when everyone is buzzing with worry)
    -Frequent reorganizations also distract from doing real work (it's hard to concentrate when everyone is trying to figure out new groups and management structures)

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