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Updated August 3, 2015
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eBay President and CEO Devin Wenig
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Pros
  • Work/life balance is reasonable (in 114 reviews)

  • They hire smart people who are usually a good fit for the team (in 56 reviews)

Cons
  • No work life balance with terrible management (in 73 reviews)

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

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  1. Worst company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analytics Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Analytics Manager in San Jose, CA

    I worked at eBay

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good infrastructure, good cafeteria, onsite gym, good A/B testing

    Cons

    Bad management, no idea what they are doing, culture of favoritism, really bad managers. Our who;e team quit, including my manager. And my manager's manager was promoted.

    Advice to Management

    Don't hire GE peopel


  2. Meh

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at eBay

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great insurance. Great co workers. Dress code

    Cons

    Management likes to make empty promises and treat you like crap.

    Advice to Management

    Stop lying


  3. Business Analyst

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Draper, UT
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Draper, UT

    I worked at eBay full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good facilities Diverse workforce Free bagels and soda

    Cons

    Poor management Very bad decision making Slow to change Not innovative Reactive to marketplace, not proactive

    Advice to Management

    Don't play catch up - take risks and be pioneers.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    New Leadership!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Paralegal in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Paralegal in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at eBay full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Looking forward to new leadership esp with legal dept. team. I believe the changes will be positive and the culture will be more uplifting. The difference is already obvious with all the changes. There is a lighter feel in the air, people are more relaxed, happy & relieved. This is something that should have been done a long time ago and employees are feeling optimistic. Hopefully it will be less political now even though all companies have politics.

    Cons

    A lot of us can't believe it just yet with new leadership. We can't believe it and some are just waiting for the sr. management to actually leave. But all is hopeful. The ones who played politics are still here and are hoping for the same perks of now what you know but who you know.

    Advice to Management

    Move forward, don't look book and learn from the former exec team mistakes. Don't take over how they have run the company and create new ideas, cultures and cohesiveness. John Donohoe was great, nice guy, but wasn't really in tune with what with going on with the employees culturally.


  6. Helpful (6)

    No idea what they are doing

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager

    I worked at eBay

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits and work / life balance.

    Cons

    Very bad HR management / leadership. Inability to make a decision - and when they do, it is a bad decision. Systems don't work well, no integration, employees aren't supported. Everyone in HR is a director with no direct reports.

    Advice to Management

    You tell folks to be open, honest, and direct, but when they do, you punish them for having a 'bad attitude.' Please benchmark your processes, systems, and org structure and change them...


  7. Helpful (3)

    marketing executive

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at eBay

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    a paycheck was all it was

    Cons

    top level management is completely disconnected with the needs of of our users. emphasis is is on the stock market price and not our customers and users.very very poor management .

    Advice to Management

    reverse the toxic policies or this company will die off.


  8. Helpful (6)

    Work here if u can work under micro-managers, can attend full day meetings & can work after 5 post full day meeting

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at eBay full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice work life balance Decent benefits and pay Company full of Indians so if you are an indian you won't feel like you are outside India. In fact right now people are doing lot of WFH, studying for interviews so that they can get out of ebay asap. Don't be fooled by fake reviews posted by HRs, look deeper and you will find some really insightful reviews. Unfortunately I think that's what the HRs are paid for sometimes.

    Cons

    Good for people who can build trendy stuff for demos just so that their managers can attract attention of others and senior execs and get promoted during the performance evaluation period. It's sad to see that managers are considered higher in ranks over software engineers so in the end even when software engineers know the right thing, they are forced to do what their managers want. Some managers even micro manage your day, like asking your status 2-3 times in a day, checking on your code commits on a daily basis, and sometimes even being rude by asking what did you do today at the end of the day. There's too much technical debt and none of the managers are interested in working towards clearing that mess, meaning it will keep getting bigger and bigger. I have also seen some managers reviewing code of the architects and giving feedback as if like peer reviews even though they are not the other person whom the architect had worked with directly at code level. Thus the process of getting the code through all the way to production takes several weeks to 2-3 months

    Advice to Management

    Please let the engineers drive the company and not the managers otherwise the company will be a dead place for engineers.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Software Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at eBay full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good work life balance some smart people

    Cons

    biased culture politics problematic performance review lack of diversity

    Advice to Management

    your company needs diversity


  10. Helpful (6)

    Nice place for mediocre engineers

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff I Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff I Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at eBay full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Very high salaries for very easy work. (personal experience) If being involved in something meaningful and relevant is important for you then eBay does eCommerce rather than in social media etc.

    Cons

    Based upon how you look at it this can either be a pro or a con. eBay pays very high if you consider the RSUs, ESPP, 401K etc. But the work assigned you will be someone with even mediocre skill will be able to do easily. If you are a talented engineer with a desire to learn something new or do something of value run away from here because you will be doing very dumb work and surrounded by even more dumb people. However, on the other hand if you want to just draw a stable paycheck and get promotions by pleasing your boss then run in and join. Very little solid engineering done here, most people are focussed on making half baked products, doing demos and poster sessions and throwing them out of the door. When other engineers who use your product complain provide workarounds and assurances that the problems will be taken care of in the next release. Of course a re-org or something similar will follow and very soon the problem will fall into another clueless engineers lap. Most of the top execs in eBay are moving to Paypal since they think eBay is a sinking ship. I worked in what was considered as the most technical team of whole of eBay the condition in the rest of the company is even worse and talented engineers are going insane. Along with technology, the management philosophy and techniques are also outdated. eBay blindly promotes people who deliver half baked products in timely fashion to managers who then force their developers to do the same. eBay still doesn't realize like the other Bay Area companies that strong developers work for autonomy to implement their ideas and creativity and not simply for a paycheck. Being outdated it still relies on paying more money and doesn't do simple things like providing food which is now common in most Bay Area startups. Not to mention that most of the managers are technically clueless or micro managers. I personally don't know even one developer who is happy if not outright frustrated. Don't believe any of the 5 star ratings. This is probably given by the HR and it's cronies. Notice how all the 5 star ratings are very short and terse.

    Advice to Management

    Don't rely on demos and posters, recognize that true engineering is important for the growth and well being of a company. Encourage developers who show some engineering talent and vision even if it means that timelines might be stretched. eBay has deep engineering problems and solving them will attract talented engineers and keep them here. Simply trying to get a new feature released for H1 or H2 will only get you a promotion or bonus but will sink the company in the long run.


  11. Helpful (4)

    C Minus, not good.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Company's business purpose Good compensation/benefits Work life balance

    Cons

    Senior & mid level management just work for their own progression, so eBay's progression and values long gone. Acquaintances work the best, not the talent. Perception is highly valued than actual performance.

    Advice to Management

    Stop promoting the boss worship culture, instead inculcate a culture of working for company's purpose/welfare. Before it is too late.



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