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"Lack of Product Strategy"

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I worked at AOL full-time (More than 10 years)

Pros

Greater cost controls, more focus on fewer products/brands. Dulles, VA work environment has improved in the last year but at times you feel forgotten if you're not in NYC.

Cons

The brand still carries the baggage of being you parents' (or grandparents') internet service. While the financial books are in good shape, the company lacks a visionary to lead product strategy. Also, there have been lost opportunities in the mobile space.

Advice to Management

You need product leaders who are given the freedom to innovate. The sugar rush from the patent sale won't last forever. You need bona fide product leads; not finance and biz dev folks running product strategy.

Other Employee Reviews for AOL

  1. "excellent."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    it is a great place to work

    Cons

    there are not very many


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Compelling Place To Work Until The Layoff"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Programming Manager
    Former Employee - Programming Manager
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    AOL was a compelling and fun place to work until budget cuts and changes in programming forced "Community" out of the business and we were replaced by ad revenue.

    Cons

    Focus on member experience was replaced by the value of the amighty dollar. The industry became too competitive and AOL just couldn't keep up...

    Advice to Management

    Go back to the grass roots thinking that built America Online - Today, you're just another place to grab email. :(

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