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It's been a roller-coaster

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Current Employee - Software Engineer III in San Jose, CA
Current Employee - Software Engineer III in San Jose, CA

I have been working at eBay Inc. full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

There's a lot of smart people to learn from here. Management takes an active role in career development. If you get into the right group you have opportunities to work on cutting-edge stuff.

Cons

While the many of the managers are very good technically, they aren't so great people managers. Re-orgs and management shuffling happens a lot. The leadership doesn't really inspire people.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

To middle-management: stop micromanaging your employees. Empower them by staying out of their way and letting them be the decision-makers. To upper-management: get some managers with people skills.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Fast paced and incredibly educational place to work, good cooperation and dedication by most, cutting edge technology

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

    I worked at eBay Inc.

    Pros

    - Well managed personnel for the most part
    - Great cooperation with most other teams and individuals
    - Great educational experience... most team members are willing to share knowledge, experience
    - Good working environment, usually willing to be flexible in schedules and amount of hours worked... there is some attempt at work/life balance
    - Excellent compensation and benefits, matching 401k
    - Good work environment... staff usually has a good sense of humor, and tolerance for multiple personality types.
    - Exposure to lots of roles and technologies...and some very bright and committed staff in almost every area of the company.
    - The company has been doing a much better job of addressing customer issues, especially related to site consistency, bugs, performance and resolution of issues... but still has a long way to go.

    Cons

    - Long hours, and commitment of senior staff for 24/7 support
    - Change is constant, and sometimes drastic. Management/Exec turnover has been high in recent years, which can lead to frequent organizational and priority changes
    - The site has been undergoing major changes and adjustments which can be hard on both clients (buyers and sellers) and support staff. Not necessarily a bad thing... changes were needed.
    - Politics have become more of an issue with recent exec/org changes... more chaos breeds more politics and conflicting priorities/strategies, a long with a lack of accountability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Get away from the philosophy of "every one should do everything" and actually hold people accountable for what they were hired to do... when everyone is allowed to wonder/explore areas of interest but not expertise, a lot of resources get wasted and things don't quite turnout the way they would have had dedicated, expert resources been allocated. No one can be an expert at everything.

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    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful

    Really smart people at eBay and PayPal

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    Former Employee - Finance Director in Campbell, CA
    Former Employee - Finance Director in Campbell, CA

    I worked at eBay Inc.

    Pros

    They hire very bright people
    Constantly innovating, especially at PayPal
    Change very quickly
    On top of their compensation plans/proactive

    Cons

    Run by many ex-consultants- means you are doing many powerpoint decks over and over again- the polish and presentation is highly valued
    Change too much -could benefit with better processes
    Running in many different directions sometimes

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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