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Run, don't walk from this company

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Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT
Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT

I worked at Overstock.com full-time (More than 3 years)

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

Pros

Work life balance is good. Benefits are not bad. Flexible hours.

Cons

I worked for Overstock.com for 3 years. It was one of the worst ran companies I have seen. Software developers are treated as 2nd tier employees. People in IT are often referred to as 'resources' rather than members of a project. They are told what to implement and there is little to no true collaboration between developers and the 'business side' because of power control. Unfortunately a lot of development teams are OK with this because it allows them to put minimal effort in, arriving at 9:30 and leaving at 4:45.

There is little to no room for advancement in IT. Ask about it.

Communication between teams is near non existent. In fact there exists a certain "if I don't have to tell you I won't" type attitude in near every area of IT. Much of the IT staff is being moved to the Warehouse facilities where the office space is terrible (but they won't show you that during the interview).

Most Developers are given 1 box that is a core2duo machine, yes a core2duo!! Two 26 1080p monitors. I have heard it called sweat shop development, thus the terrible hardware provided. They have a 3 year hardware cycle program, but buy low end stuff to start with.

The new CTO (as of a year ago) came in because he had been 'successful' with out-sourcing at KPMG. He has started the same sourcing to India at Overstock as well. It is not popular, but he continues to push it through.

To summarize, on the surface Overstock seems like a good place to work. But the details show a company that doesn't trust their IT/Development group. Has staff cycling through it in many departments. Overall you will be treated as just a number in the staff. Lastly Amazon is eating Overstock's any potential for growth.

Advice to Management

If you want a company to grow, hire the right people and let them do so...

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  1. Great place to work for and recognizes equality

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Overstock.com

    Pros

    Overstock is a great company that values their employees.

    There support equality, which is something that I personally find very important.

    Cons

    Overstock is a great company that continues to work on improving. They are a young company, but they always know when to make changes for the better.

  2. Helpful (11)

    Good Environment, Poor Executives

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Overstock.com full-time

    Pros

    Unlimited amounts of excess at the executive level; free lunches, expensive snacks, premium drinks, good pay, fast-paced, hard-partying environment and zero accountability. Once you've made it to the top, nobody is watching you. Very diverse, supportive, hard-working community at the customer service and partner care levels -- they're the building blocks on which the company thrives. The environment in which the entry-level workers occupy is excellent and a compliment to Patrick Byrne's care of the employees and their personal needs.

    Cons

    Overemotional executive-level leadership is very reactive and unprofessional. It's difficult to navigate the aggressive, caffeine-fueled, emotional responses of the upper management. There are no consistent training systems are in place for any level of hire. The company is wildly reactive to trends and therefore does not have any long-term approaches to anything, even at a basic customer care or product management level.

    Advice to Management

    Don't throw tantrums in public. Leave your private lives at home. Respect isn't earned through gossip, poor impulse control, and parading your personal life around the office. Set an example and come up with some modicum of consistency for your subordinates.

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