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"Working here is like working in a hamster wheel"

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Independent Contributor in Dulles, VA
Current Employee - Independent Contributor in Dulles, VA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I have been working at AOL full-time (More than 8 years)

Pros

Great compensation
Great perks (especially the gym)
Terrific people

Cons

Top management operates under the "Bright Shiny Object" principle
No infrastructure - no standard policies, no standard processes, no consequences for not following existing policies and processes

Advice to Management

Set a strategy and stick with it for a few months, please! Projects seem to be developed on a whim, and then dropped just as suddenly as soon as a different idea is proposed but not all stakeholders or contributors to the project are told that the project has been stopped. Brands are launched, then forgotten. Products are developed internally at great cost, but are never promoted because promotion space is reserved for competitor products who pay for advertising, and then the internal products die. Nobody knows what anyone else is doing, or who can answer questions when they arise. There is so much turnover in personnel, and very few handoffs of information when people leave or come in, that trying to find answers to questions is hugely challenging. Overall, this is the most frustrating company I've ever worked for in terms of just getting the basic information needed to do the job - like who is working on which product or on which team.

Other Employee Reviews for AOL

  1. "Great potential, too political to get out of their own way."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Vice President in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great brands and future potential

    Cons

    20% of the staff does 80% of the work and genuinely cares about what they are working on. The rest are too busy hiding or playing politics.

    Advice to Management

    Take a moment to step back and take an objective look at the teams and individuals within the company. There are people who care and are willing to step up and are busting their asses to produce great consumer experiences. Unfortunately, they are too often ignored.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "I left just when it was getting good"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AOL full-time

    Pros

    Management believes in innovation and rewards for hard work
    Creative, talented people, fun environment
    Encouraged to try new things

    Cons

    Many business strategies competing adn they often trun on a dime
    Competition is tough from other tech companies

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