A self-described “Ex-AOL Sales Rep” wrote the following comment on our post about how AOL’s Top Sales People are fleeing the Tim Armstrong regime, and imploding revenues as they do it:
As an ex-AOL’er (sales rep who left in the past couple months) – your comments are dead nuts on. The management (Armstrong, Levick, Clift, etc) are incompetent and not the right people to be running the ship.
I can honestly say – the grass is ABSOLUTELY greener on the other side. I am calling on the same clients I had previously, and taking AOL’s revenue away hand-over-fist. My clients trust ME – I have built relationships with them, and they are following ME … not necessarily AOL. Hearing them tell me things about AOL that they were afraid to tell me previously – most of it (if not all) is EMBARASSING. Looking back – I now ask myself …
WHAT WAS I THINKING?
There was ZERO incentive to stay at AOL. Why would I want to stay with a sinking ship? Why would I want to stay with a company that is dropping revenue and smart employees like flies? Why would I want to stay with a company that does not have a leadership that can be trusted or effective. Why would I want to stay with a company that does not value their employees – or give me a reason to WANT to walk into work each day.
Lastly, why did I want to stay with a company that I did not believe in what they wanted me to sell? My reputation with my “trusted” clients was on the line. That in itself was enough of a reason to leave. So I did.