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. Helpful (1)

    "AOL Does a Good Job of Making Itself a Good Place to Work"

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    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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    Laidback but professional atmosphere, lots of initiatives aimed at upholding fun, social company culture, generally flexible work schedules (within reason), lots of great people, spirit of open communication from upper management, plenty of room for career growth and change from within (as well as clear HR protocol on how to explore new positions within the company). Not uncommon for company's business strategies to change course, but I consider that a good thing, as it means the company is agile, and willing to change to meet market demands.

    Cons

    HUGE company, which can be overwhelming depending on what your position or experience is. There are a lot of resources available, but it can be confusing to navigate those resources.


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

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    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.

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