Abebooks – Why Work For Us?

About AbeBooks

AbeBooks is an online marketplace for books and a remarkable place to work. Millions of new, used, rare and out-of-print books are offered for sale through the AbeBooks websites from thousands of booksellers around the world. We helped to revolutionize the used book business. AbeBooks became a subsidiary of Amazon.com Inc. after being acquired in December 2008. Our mission is to help people find and buy any book from any bookseller and our business stretches around the world with six international sites — AbeBooks.com, AbeBooks.co.uk,AbeBooks.de, AbeBooks.fr, AbeBooks.it, and IberLibro.com, as well as ZVAB.com, a marketplace for German books.

AbeBooks.com went live in 1996 and we have been growing ever since. The unique inventory of books for sale from booksellers includes the world's finest antiquarian treasures dating back to the 15th century, countless out-of-print gems, millions of signed books, millions of used copies, a vast selection of college textbooks and new books too.

Working at AbeBooks is challenging and fun. But we only hire the best people and we insist on the highest standards from our employees. Do you have what it takes?

Our Benefits

AbeBooks offers an extensive and generous benefits plan ranging from health and dental coverage to pension contribution matching. Our benefits program has helped the company win several HR-related awards in recent times such as a place on the list of Canada's Top 100 Employers for five successive years.


Our Culture

AbeBooks trusts its employees. We trust you to get the job done to the highest standard. We trust your judgment because we only hire the best. We want people who are not satisfied with the status quo but always ask how AbeBooks can be improved. We want people who are prepared to challenge others and themselves. And we do all this while having fun and enjoying life, and helping people buy and sell books.


Our Values

Customer Obsession: We are always thinking about our customers (booksellers as well as book-buyers).

Innovation: Can you take a technology and turn it into something tangible that will benefit our customers?

Bias for Action: We value smart, hard-working employees who get things done.

Ownership: We hire employees who can think and work like owners.

High Hiring Bar: When we look at a candidate's resume, we ask: "Is this person a superstar?"

Frugality: We only spend money on things that matter.

Customer Support

Our unique customer support department features five distinct teams — core customer support (via phone and email), security and trust (fraud fighters), tactical engineering (technical troubleshooters), registration (assisting and vetting new booksellers) and communications (messaging for our customers). We deliver exceptional customer support and insist on the highest standards. 

Systems

This vibrant department maintains and develops our websites, including the enterprise level search engine, the proprietary shopping basket and the inventory management/order processing systems that provide a robust experience for our buyers and sellers. The quality assurance team, dedicated to ensuring problem-free technology, resides within this section. 

Marketing

This team sells books by finding new customers and retaining existing ones. It is the guardian of the on-site customer experience. A host of channels are used to help booksellers sell more books, including optimization of our sites for the best natural search results on Internet search engines, paid search, affiliate marketing and email as well as public relations and off-line promotions. 

Sales and Account Management

Booksellers are the focus of this team, including acquisition and retention as well as account management and seller performance. Our buyers expect high standards from our sellers so monitoring and enforcement of policies are vital day-to-day tasks. This department is also responsible for the tools used by sellers on AbeBooks, such as our inventory management system Homebase. 

Product Management

This team ensures the delivery of high quality software and infrastructure products that enhance the AbeBooks' experience for our buyers and sellers. Using 'agile' development methodology, our product managers translate customer and business needs into tangible tasks for our engineers. Excellence in planning and execution are key requirements for our product managers. 

Finance, Administration & Human Resources

Our finance functions are wide-ranging including planning, reporting and recording revenues. This section also controls the movement of money related to day-to-day book sales. The administration team handles payroll, benefits, facilities management and office admin support. Our human resources specialists manage recruitment and ensure employees have the tools to succeed. 

Operations

On call 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, this dedicated team maintains all aspects of AbeBooks' infrastructure from state-of-the-art servers to the phones on the desks. Their wide-ranging responsibilities include our primary and secondary datacenters, the production websites, our huge database, our internal network and systems, and software configuration management. 

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Victoria, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Victoria, BC (Canada)

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

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    Pros

    With a little over 100 employees in Victoria, AbeBooks feels like a small company. It's possible to know everyone in the office, and social events still involve the whole group. While Amazon does own AbeBooks, and there is clear influence on its culture, AbeBooks remains unique. In addition, having the backing of Amazon means that you have ready access to amazing amounts of talent, resources and ideas. Participating in weekly video-broadcasts with Principal engineers from Kindle, AWS, Machine-Learning, Security and all the other teams is an incredible benefit to help developers stay current. I've worked at multiple startups (both pre- and post-IPO) and AbeBooks has the best blend of startup and established culture I've seen.

    Cons

    On occasion, the relationship with Amazon can create legal and policy requirements that slow things down a bit. The open floor-plan of the office can be distracting. I think I am getting fat from donut-days.


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    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Abebooks in June 2015.

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    Two phone interviews, one with the supervisor and one with a peer. Overall, the questions were situational question. When I inquired about the salary expectations, HR told me to speak with the hiring manager and the hiring manager told me to speak with HR. Completely disorganized.

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    • How I ever deal with a difficult situation at work? If so, what was it and how did you deal with it? Generally, the questions were fairly useless for the position that I was applying for.   Answer Question

Abebooks Awards & Accolades

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Canada's Top 100 Employers , Mediacorp Canada, 2005
Canada's Top 100 Employers , Mediacorp Canada, 2006
Canada's Top 100 Employers , Mediacorp Canada, 2007
Canada's Top 100 Employers , Mediacorp Canada, 2008
BC's Top Employers , Mediacorp Canada, 2009
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Additional Info

Website www.abebooks.com
Headquarters Victoria, Canada
Size 50 to 149 Employees
Founded 1996
Type Subsidiary or Business Segment
Industry Retail
Revenue $10 to $25 million (USD) per year

AbeBooks is an online marketplace for books and a remarkable place to work. Millions of new, used, rare and out-of-print books are offered for sale through the AbeBooks websites from thousands of booksellers around the world. We helped to revolutionize the used book business. AbeBooks became a subsidiary of Amazon.com Inc. after being acquired in December ... More

Mission: Our mission is to help people find and buy any book from any bookseller and our business stretches around the world with six international sites — AbeBooks.com, AbeBooks.co.uk, AbeBooks.de, AbeBooks.fr, AbeBooks.it, and IberLibro.com, as well as ZVAB.com, a marketplace for German books.

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