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Big opportunities but slow moving

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Current Employee - Product Manager in San Jose, CA
Current Employee - Product Manager in San Jose, CA

I have been working at eBay Inc. full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

- Great place to learn how a large e-commerce site is run and all the issues (data infrastructure, seller relationships, user experience, etc) it faces.
- Many smart people with pretty diverse industry backgrounds.
- Lot of opportunities to move within the company to experience different roles.
- The products you work on have the potential to become high visibility because eBay has so many users.

Cons

- Relatively slow moving organization.
- Relatively risk averse. New, interesting ideas take a long time to get off the ground because many groups that need to sign off have no incentive to support new improvements - they're there to support the status quo.
- Mostly a hierarchical organization with power for decision making concentrated at the top. Depending on the project this can cause some churn, minor decisions get revisited because someone upstairs wants their say.
- Quality of co-workers is a bit uneven. Some are great to learn from, others make you wonder how they got in.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Streamline the organizations even more and empower employees to make quick decisions.

Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    A place where talent comes to die

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX

    I worked at eBay Inc. full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, few talented people, free soda.

    Cons

    Legacy and proprietary garbage will ruin your day and your desire to live as you count the hours in your little chicken coop/cubicle. For goodness' sake, they still use ClearCase! Java based stack is proprietary with SOAP suck-vices ruling the roost. There are rumors of a better stack in the works but it also is proprietary. Also, svc control is non-existent and any random doofus can call your code without anyone the wiser until you get pulled into troubleshooting live issues overnight. Morons with their tiny little fiefdoms will block you at every turn. Worst of all are the tinpot QA people who will blame you first to ensure that their lack of testing ability doesn't come up when yet another live bug comes up. This place is where know-nothing failures and H1B indentured servants come to lose their soul. Stay the heck away unless you have no talent or desire to grow. Goodbye eNay, I made sure the door didn't hit me on my posterior on the way out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In the interest of open and honest feedback, I advice you to lay off a lot of people and get some actual talent in place.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good for fresh graduate.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at eBay Inc. full-time

    Pros

    Good for new and fresh graduates.

    Cons

    May not be a perfect place for more senior level people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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