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"Not Yet Ready For Millennials"

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Former Employee - Lead Software Engineer in Dulles, VA
Former Employee - Lead Software Engineer in Dulles, VA
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

I worked at AOL full-time (More than 3 years)

Pros

* Competitive pay
* Fantastic culture
* Most if not all of the newer, non-legacy teams are fun to work with

Cons

If you are a younger developer, approach roles at AOL with caution. While there are certainly many teams at AOL that are surprisingly receptive to new ideas, there are still a number of legacy groups (esp. among the Dulles teams) that remain very hostile to change. It is not uncommon to find some young, startup-ready developer be humiliated in front of his team in retaliation for recommending a new process or tool that goes against the norm. These guys usually end up walking or being forced right out the door and we lose some solid talent that could have helped us turn the company around.

Advice to Management

Have HR check in with your younger hires (esp. your legacy and Dulles hires) more frequently throughout their first year at AOL to ensure you don't lose them to volatile managers. If these younger folks are seeing resistance from their managers with regard to change in processes and tools, their frustration will be apparent and you can take the next steps.

Additionally, keep a close watch on who is being kicked out of the door and really scrutinize these kids being placed on probationary measures. These can also and have been avenues of retaliation, and may actually indicate a need to move one of these guys to a better environment before they simply take another offer.

Other Employee Reviews for AOL

  1. Helpful (5)

    "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


  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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