AOL - Constant pressure to reduce headcount, continuous layoffs and a focus on shareholder value instead of making the company | Glassdoor
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"Constant pressure to reduce headcount, continuous layoffs and a focus on shareholder value instead of making the company"

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Current Employee - Engineer in Dulles, VA
Current Employee - Engineer in Dulles, VA
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I have been working at AOL full-time (More than 3 years)

Pros

Potentially interesting technology and applications to work on, company has no debt, if you are in one of the semi-autonomous groups , then your work life is pretty good. Layoff benefits are not bad

Cons

Constant layoffs, and depending on department either in large blocks as in traditional layoffs or ongoing, continuous, layoffs of one and two people per week. Depressed work force that is always behind the curve.

Advice to Management

Tim and his management team need to realize employees are not just a form of expense. The constant layoffs, reduction in benefits and cost cutting has ruined what was a great place only one year ago

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. "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.

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