eBay Inc. Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
1,111 Reviews
3.7
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eBay Inc. President and CEO John J. Donahoe
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Depending on your area in the company, there is a real emphasis on work-life balance (in 106 reviews)

  • Alignment and strong purpose, working with very smart people - have direct impact from UK (in 55 reviews)


Cons
  • Once you reach manager level or higher, work-life balance will suffer (in 71 reviews)

  • Frequent senior management attrition, leading to reorgs / policy changes (in 40 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Managers want hour to hour

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at eBay Inc. full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I don't see any Pros, except for the fact that so many people have left the company that they cannot lay you off.

    Cons

    They have new seating where they make the manager sit right next to you,
    Now this guy (manager) monitors everyone and notes how you plan your entire day
    He also expects you to send him hourly work schedule by end of the week.
    The company has not performed well over the last two years hence even if you perform well, the portion of the bonus that depends on the company will never be 100%, probably close to 75% or less
    Lots of senior folks have left the company including David Marcus (Head of PayPal unit)
    No innovation is happening inside the company at all, the technologies used inside is pretty old.
    The development infrastructure is completely broken, you have to really struggle hard to push just a single line of code into production.
    Management does not want to spend the time in improving the infrastructure but want their developers to keep giving out o/p at constantly high pace.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Garbage, welcome to the Jungle

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Architect  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Architect in San Jose, CA

    I worked at eBay Inc. full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    There used to be pros when company (or certain departments) was run (somewhat) by engineers. They don't exist anymore unless you're an intern, college graduate or H1B. You won't learn nor will you build anything of consequence in the "current" eBay.

    Cons

    Endless meetings about meetings. Employer doesn't value employees...if they did they wouldn't have done a constructive dismissal of all of them. Heartless company with no direction, abusive managers, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hara-kiri.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bad top management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at eBay Inc. full-time

    Pros

    Lots of data,no work timing ,data driven,interesting work

    Cons

    Too focused on reporting,office culture,management ,budget

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    Worst place I've ever worked. Run from this company.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Campbell, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Campbell, CA

    I worked at eBay Inc. full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Compensation is on par with other Silicon Valley tech companies. Work/life balance is reasonable.

    Cons

    No real strategy, just a bunch of unrelated features and services that release each year.

    Terribly matrixed with no alignment across teams. It's very common to be working o a project and then find out there is an entire team doing exactly what you are trying to do.

    No vertical career growth. Most opportunities are horizontal.

    Terrible culture. So much apathy. No one cares about the quality of what they are releasing. Mediocre results are not only tolerated, they are celebrated.

    Very poor middle management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Terrible experience and would not recommend it to others

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in San Jose, CA

    I worked at eBay Inc. full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good benefits with nice pay. The company also offers many small perks that include activities with family and provide a good number of training courses. HQ is located near Los Gatos trail that provides nice walks.

    Cons

    Constant changes with no clear direction. Most people are suck up and often fictionalize stories to please others to make their way up the chain. Most often you'll find people backstabbing each others which is truly unethical. No work life balance with terrible management. Often time promoting people that suck the blood out of the company and over work good employees with no reward.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please take employees unethical feedbacks seriously and eliminate those people that drive good employees away.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Started at the bottom and worked as high as they will let you go. 4 years hated every day.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at eBay Inc.

    Pros

    Free soda umm insurance and that really is all i can think of.

    Cons

    Leadership has no idea what they are doing. They all have different ideas. They run you to death. All day long leadership doesnt try to help. Way to many leaders all leading in another direction and lost.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to mangement is you should all quit your jobs because you all suck.

  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    wosrt company I ever worked for

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in San Jose, CA

    I worked at eBay Inc. full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    technical training with foods and textbooks provided, all are free
    weekly forum to discuss technology problem and solutions
    from time to time invite presenters from outside to talk about newest technology trend

    Cons

    too many politics
    annual review outcome nothing to do with what you achieved
    no matter how great work you have done, you could be kicked out any time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Lots of politics and engineers not open to new ideas

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Quality Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Quality Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at eBay Inc. full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good pay, work/life balance is good. Some teams are doing really good work

    Cons

    Lot of politics.
    To grow vertically, you have to be in your manager or director's good books
    Engineers not open to new ideas.
    Everything revolves around in house ebay tools with which no work can be done
    Stack ranking forcefully ranks good employees low

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the stack ranking
    Let engineers use more open source

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Complex hierarchies, hoards of useless VPs & directors, bad vision

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at eBay Inc. full-time

    Pros

    Decent starting compensation and a good work life balance. There is some scope for visibility through competitions and events.

    Cons

    Useless and bad upper level folks, who never care about employees. Genuine talent is not credited, rather a culture of favoritism, subservience is entertained. As no step is taken towards innovation at par with the market, will hardly ever be a place for bold new ideas or products.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Work on improving the morale
    2. Leverage & grow "all" of your human capital, not a particular business or location
    3. Have an open ear to your employees
    4. Restructure the complex hierarchy to simpler ones

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unacceptable work-life balance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at eBay Inc. full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    It is a large company with the usual benefits. I especially liked my colleagues, as they were very intelligent, thoughtful, and helpful. The work is fast-paced and impacts millions of people around the world.

    Cons

    Although the company claims to support good work-life balance, my experience was the opposite. My manager threatened to "let me go" if I decided to take family leave to have a baby. I was able to take my family leave after talking to HR, but my manager made life difficult for me after I returned.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please see cons section.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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