eBay Inc.

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Great place for people in business roles

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Jose, CA
Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Jose, CA

I have been working at eBay Inc.

Pros

- Very competitive pay (but don't expect to get paid like a Ruby developer at Facebook)
- Great benefits: Definitely above average compared to most other SV companies
- Work/Life balance
- Strong leadership and vision to move into untapped markets (incl . mobile and social)
- Bagel Wednesdays ;-)

Cons

- It is harder for engineers to stand out due to the massive competition at eBay. For roles in marketing, sales or PM it is much easier to succeed and have a great career.
- You have to be able to work well in a matrix organization (every company of this size has some level of "politics")

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  1. 9 people found this helpful  

    Average place with slow growth

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at eBay Inc.

    Pros

    Good if you want a stable job with minimal work and if you're not ambitious. Most people just go by with minimum amount of work. The salary is average, good benefits. You get a macbook.

    Cons

    As a member of the search backend team, some of the problems:
    - new management who don't understand how ebay works, trying to force fit solutions they saw at yahoo, microsoft
    - too much process being introduced, agile scrum burndown charts etc..takes the fun out of coding. There are 2-3 update status check meetings every day and you have to fill multiple charts on your progress. Feels like a punch-card system rather than creative software dev.
    - the project they are working on has been significantly delayed by almost a year, so work-life balance suffers. Plus key people have left.
    - the engineering vision is driven by a few senior people who often belittle other engineers, publicly humiliate code written by you and take credit for all the glamorous work. While these people are smart, this can be a bad learning experience and a disheartening experience for younger engineers.
    - the entire software stack is being rewritten for the past 2 years..feels like a long project and most deadlines are missed by months. No accountability of senior management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold management accountable. Focus on agility in the business not just software dev. Stop working on just rewrites and think about creating something new..Look at startups like shopkick, pinterest etc which are able to reinvent things with much fewer people. Focus on social/mobile.. Just rewriting things will make no difference..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Political environment

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

    I have been working at eBay Inc.

    Pros

    Opportunity to grow if you're willing to step over others..Good pay specially at upper management level.

    Cons

    - be careful to not mess with upper management, else they will demote you.
    - bit of a suck-up culture specially in middle management. Many new managers hired because they are friends with Directors/VPs. Passed over other more deserving people who have spent a lot of time/energy building teams.
    - As a result, core teams are disintegrating..Upper management seems oblivious to it though. Core backend teams bleeding talent at alarming rate.
    - 3-4 layers of middle management
    - Too many Directors/VPs..microsoft culture being brought in.
    - Most projects running very late and delayed.
    - The show being run by a few senior engineers who don't listen to any other opinions.
    - Ratio of engineers to management seriously screwed, almost more managers than engineers!
    - Was running as a nimble organization a few years ago, but suddenly more process has been added in the name of agile! Half the time is spent in planning, status checks, scrum reviews.
    - New technology stack not working out, too many issues and delays.
    - Too much focus on machine learning(lead by people fired from yahoo). However, no returns in investment. On the other hand, areas like social commerce totally ignored.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop spending resources on rewrites. Hire creative people, not people who've just grown fat sitting on their asses for 15 years at microsoft !! Acquire ecommerce startups and put their CEO's/founders in charge..Else ebay's traffic will keep going down..

    Disapproves of CEO
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