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eBay is Family Friendly!

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Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in San Jose, CA
Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in San Jose, CA

I have been working at eBay Inc.

Pros

Awesome coworkers, great work-to-life balance - depending on your job, eBay makes an extra effort to show employees they are valued, diverse workforce, people here are passionate about what they do and they really care about the product and how it impacts people's lives. Good bonus structure, management tries to keep employees abreast of how the company is doing on a regular basis. It's a great place to work if you are raising a family. They have mother rooms for breastfeeding moms and many managers support flexible hours and telecommuting.

Cons

Typical politics that are evident and ever present at any company you work for anywhere.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Stay focused on organization goals, make crisp and fast decisions based on data - not whim. When you expect your employees to jump through hoops for your whims, it takes time away from them executing on projects that are moving the company closer to fulfilling their goals.

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  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    If you're considering a job at eBay, look elsewhere.

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    Current Employee - Interaction Designer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Interaction Designer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at eBay Inc.

    Pros

    eBay offers good pay and benefits, as well as a focus on work-life balance. The south campus is located in a nice area of San Jose and Campbell, with a good selection of local businesses nearby (good for all the lunches you'll be eating off-campus).

    Cons

    eBay provides a dysfunctional, passive-aggressive work environment, where people are very uncomfortable giving and getting feedback. Many employees are not very good at their jobs but they don't seem to care about improving themselves, and they aren't given the information that would help them do so. They come to work to progress their own careers by doing visible internal projects, rather than focusing on real customer-facing projects. And they are rewarded for this!

    There's a general lack of knowledge and curiosity about new and developing technologies, and most of the company seems to be stuck on doing things the old way. If it worked so well before, so why change? And these are the people responsible for creating and improving new products for customers. They don't know about technology and don't seem to care.

    New employees are often treated as completely inexperienced, even if they've worked in the industry for years. If you don't have any eBay work experience, you apparently don't know what's going on in the world.

    The focus on work-life balance is a plus, but it's also a minus. There is actually too much focus on preserving one's non-work life, to the extent that work is not really made rewarding and meaningful.

    Many people responsible for making decisions on the lower-levels of things seem to be rather indecisive, especially in the middle of major changes going on. Decisions are made and reversed so often, that the original intent of them is lost entirely. Long-term goals are rare or completely non-existent, because apparently it's only important to worry about the next few months.

    Internal processes are heavy and bloated, and there are so many steps to go through and varying tools to use, that a lot of time is wasted on administrative details. Larger companies are not known for being quick to react, but this is ridiculous.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The only way to fix eBay is to overhaul the entire company and internal processes, as well as hire all new people. You need people who care about doing a good job and making good products, and you don't have that now. The processes hinder any sort of creativity or true product development, and people are rewarded for just doing the minimal amount of work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Used to be a great place to work, now it's just a job

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    Former Employee - Senior Director in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Director in San Jose, CA

    I worked at eBay Inc.

    Pros

    If you're willing to kowtow to management, you can get great career advancement opportunities. Pay has become reasonably good as the loss of droves of good employees has forced them to throw money at good people. And the work matters - people still make a living on eBay and it's rewarding to be a part of that.

    Cons

    Senior management is very out of touch with the market - both for customers and employees. They now resort to fear tactics to retain employees who get interesting jobs - you don't see the great companies like GE or P&G rage on their stars' next job opportunities, and that's why those companies' alums proudly carry those banners for life. It is now a company that is trying not to lose, but they've given up winning long ago.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retire. Find replacements who can comfortably lead a business that is by its nature not command-and-control.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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