AOL - Very good talent and technology under the covers; often overlooked due to poor executive leadership over the years." | Glassdoor

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"Very good talent and technology under the covers; often overlooked due to poor executive leadership over the years.""

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

Interesting products to work on, great people, a sense of camaraderie, innovative culture despite the size of the organization. AOL was the leader in mobile internet for nearly a decade.

Cons

organizational politics (similar to nearly all large organizations), difficult to get promoted beyond Director unless you are in HQ with high visibility

Advice to Management

AOL has done too many "vanity" deals over the years -- deals where the primary value is celebrity or ego-inflation for exec leadership. AOL completely missed the opportunity to take their already strong mobile division to the next level. Also missed an opportunity to reinvent the brand in a way that would resonate with consumers. I'd recommend engaging personally with some of your rank-and-file engineers and product people - people that don't have "climbing the corporate ladder" as their #1 priority. Those people quietly generate value for the business every day. They are more in tune with the market realities and trends that you realize.

Other Employee Reviews for AOL

  1. "A fast paced, fun, entrepreneurial atmosphere."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Dulles, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Accomplishments are recognized, upward mobility encouraged.

    Cons

    Longer hours, a little of the pesky company politics.


  2. "Great Place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great, love the company, do everything they can to help out their employees

    Cons

    None to speak of. Love working hear, really would not change a thing about it

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