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Good place to work if you can get past overall company morale

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Former Employee - Senior Business Planning Manager in Dulles, VA (US)
Former Employee - Senior Business Planning Manager in Dulles, VA (US)

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

Pros

good work-life balance and good benefits. great daycare

Cons

company morale, inertia, too many complacent employees whose morale has been long gone

Advice to ManagementAdvice

put the focus back on product

Recommends
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Good over-all with the occasional loss of motivation "One step forward, two steps back"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at AOL full-time

    Pros

    Very smart and experienced people with extensive background and knowledge of the industry. Good work environment, focussing on a good work/life balance. Above average benefits and an overall respected brand.

    Cons

    Management team is too egotistical and doesn't provide clear career coaching for staff or new hires. Personal opinions and beliefs get in the way of good workflow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus on coaching staff rather than instilling fear of not hitting the number. Use time at meetings to figure out ways to solve department vs. department meetings. More team building activities to allow for cross-department interaction.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Terrible place to work for talented developers

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Dulles, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Dulles, VA (US)

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

    Pros

    Was a fun place to work for the first few years I worked there, but the ratio of managers to developers became higher and higher over time.

    Cons

    Very "top-heavy" - some projects on which I worked as a senior software engineer had almost 50% management. The management is proficient at political maneuvering but inept at independently making competent decisions. The bureaucracy is so bad, they had to use outside firms to develop new products/software. Owners of these outside companies were often personal friends of those AOL managers which hired them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hint: build products and services that customers not only want but are also willing to pay for. Making money is not a crime.

    Another hint: if you put advertisements on it is NOT sufficient reason to for a customer to come to an AOL site.

    Overall, the company is very "top-heavy" - some projects on which I worked as a senior software engineer had almost 50% management. The management is proficient at political maneuvering but inept at independently making competent decisions. Everything had to be done by committee ("scrum") - and frequently that committee included neither the people who would pay for the services (i.e. the customers) nor the people who would build the services (i.e., the developers). The bureaucracy is so bad, they had to use outside firms to develop new products/software. Owners of these outside companies were often personal friends of those AOL managers which hired them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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