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Terrible manager ruined experience

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Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

I worked at eBay Inc. full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

- Some friendly and collaborative co-workers

Cons

- Like something out of a Dilbert cartoon
- Poor, depressing culture
- Long hours
- Terrible middle managers
- Heavy butt covering, me me me, command and control attitude of managers
- Managers watch your time like you are an hourly worker
- No arrival/departure time flexibility
- Pay 10-15% below market at the time (2008-2010)
- Co-workers not that smart. Couldn't learn anything from them.
- Very outdated software stack
- No room for innovation
- Product Managers ruled, and they weren't very good

I suffocated in this work environment (I was a new grad), dealt with jealousy of co-workers and managers, was constantly micro-managed and boxed-in, and was never given any real room to try new things, learn new things, do new things, or implement things differently. Every attempt to do something new was met with talk that I didn't know what I was doing, or was squashed for some other reason.

The managers constantly insisted that I didn't know how to do A and that I didn't know how to do B even though I clearly new, and they went to great lengths to ensure that I would never get an opportunity to do them to "prove myself." The managers were obsessed with knowing and commenting on the time I got into work and the time I left and would harass me about this (and any random thing they could find), rather than leave me to do my work.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Company culture needs work and so does the software that powers the site.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good place to work until John Donahoe came along.

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in San Jose, CA

    I worked at eBay Inc. full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great to work from home. Good pay. OK benefits. Provided computer setup. ESPP. Stock options. Work schedules could be adjusted.

    Cons

    John Donahoe laid off the remote team at the first opportunity that came along. eBay then went on to post the highest profits to date. We lost all of our stock options which were underwater, but eBay traded out the rest of the employees stock options for new options with value.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be cheapskates and remember who started eBay and were there from the beginning.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Overall Review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at eBay Inc. full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Okay pay
    - Great atmosphere
    - Team collaboration
    - Very developed programs

    Cons

    - Too much work for one person to handle
    - Not enough resources
    - Growth is shunted by mid-level managers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at your mid-level managers and ensure they are engaging employees to the maximum.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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