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"In spite of its abundant problems, it was an interesting place to work."

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Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Palo Alto, CA
Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Palo Alto, CA
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

I worked at AOL's Palo Alto office from 2010 to 2013 and found it to be a place where interesting people were working on innovative things in a flexible and mostly supportive environment. The team there shipped a series of decent consumer web/mobile products, which was good to see. It's an advertising/media company, but also manages to do some product development at the edges.

Cons

Internal corporate politics and a murky overall strategy made it difficult for any particular effort to succeed. The strategy would shift regularly; good products would get as far as release and then would be unceremoniously dropped. And there was a constant, rolling reorg. In this environment, an employee's success would mostly be a political question since no particular product or team would remain intact long enough to be evaluated on its merits; the executive team was in a constant state of turnover. This was particularly hard for teams working outside of New York.

Advice to Management

Clarity and stability of strategy and more focus on the kind of technology that's winning in the market(not just advertising tech, but tech for consumer products) would help boost the company's attractiveness to the type of people who make a difference at today's tech companies. As of now the company feels like a combination of a miracle of financial engineering and a second-tier web advertising network, while pretending (with some success) to be a leading media and consumer internet brand.

Other Employee Reviews for AOL

  1. Helpful (3)

    "Always worried about layoffs"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dulles, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -learned a lot
    -coworkers are great
    -casual work environment
    -flexible work/life balance (although hours can be long)

    Cons

    -always worried about layoffs
    -management very short-term profit focused vs long term growth
    -struggling to redefine itself
    -no room for growth, especially in Virginia

    Advice to Management

    Executive turnover is too high. Need executives who motivate employees to innovate and get back on top of the Internet.


  2. "Manager On Duty - NOC"

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    Current Employee - MOD NOC in Ashburn, VA
    Current Employee - MOD NOC in Ashburn, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AOL full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    They provide some great compensation

    Cons

    none that i am aware of.

    Advice to Management

    communication

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