Pros: great atmosphere, great people, and a unique place to work.
Cons: mismanaged terribly after too many aquisitions.
This was the first work environment where ideas and creativity were not only encouraged but rewarded.
The former company, MindSpring had a well defined list of "Core Values & Beliefs". Almost everyone took them too heart, and some of us still apply them to our own personal lives. They were no-brainer rules of business, integrity, and good work ethics, but they were clearly spelled out for the IT workforce they were meant to motivate.
When Earthlink aquired MindSpring, they "adopted" their Core, Values & Beliefs. Which from that point on literally meant: Do as we say - not as we do. Unsurprisingly, within 2 years massive layoffs were in order.
Although many friends & coworkers were offered handsome severance packages, I had found new and better employment before the layoffs affected my department.
Still, I look back with much fondness for those wild days of the Internet, and still keep in touch with a great many of my coworkers, and consider them some of my best professional contacts.