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Database Design and Administration for MySQL, Oracle, NoSQL

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Current Employee - Database Engineer in San Jose, CA
Current Employee - Database Engineer in San Jose, CA

I have been working at eBay Inc.

Pros

eBay's large scale infrastructure provide enough opportunity for a database engineer to learn and use cutting edge technologies; eBay is very active to adopt new technologies available.

Cons

Total compensation package is not as good as few leading companies. Lack the attraction of the potential IPO of startups

Advice to ManagementAdvice

eBay required there must be some percentage of the workforce to be in the low performance bucket, this is really not a good idea.

Approves of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    One disappointment after another

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    Current Employee - Business Unit Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Business Unit Employee in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at eBay Inc.

    Pros

    Free bagels on Wednesdays
    Casual dress culture

    Cons

    Impossible to get promoted in black-box, popularity-based system. No raises for most people for at least the last 3 years. Stock price has until very recently been in the toilet, so equity comp isn't worth that much. Stingy maternity benefits barely beyond what the state mandates. And managers are TERRIBLE. Managers aren't evaluated on how well / poorly they manage others, aren't required to have any training, and have complete control over the course of their direct reports' evaluations and progress. If you have the bad luck of getting a bad manager, watch out - the best thing to do is to leave the company (seriously, this is the advice I've heard Sr. Directors give other people). Which is, ironically, also the best way to get promoted.

    People aren't valued, so there's no effort to develop or retain individuals. eBay has been struggling as a company for years, so management frequently re-orgs trying to do better; people who end up in jobs they never asked for aren't helped. Managers don't care about what people ultimately want to get out of their jobs, but they also don't care when people naturally decide to leave. This would be easier to stomach if there was a harder-edged culture, but it's a very consensus-based, be-nice-to-everyone, slow-paced appearance. Managers fake concern, but they only care about themselves.

    eBay Marketplaces is a cool place conceptually to work, but the experience is a slow death every day....you don't want to work there, but it does beat unemployment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The VPs and Sr Directors who have joined eBay in the last 2-3 years are trying to turn things around, which is promising. Evaluate those who've been there longer - there are some real snakes in the grass and incompetents masquerading about who will let their people fail rather than intervene. And all of them need to be held to higher leadership and management standards. Measure people fairly and transparently. Flatten the org structure so "managers" have at least 3 direct reports. Care about people, or phase out the fake-caring pseudo-culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    highly political.

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    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 place to learn about the eCommerce business as well as Technical know how in Java/J2EE technologies.
    * good benefits package
    * mobile teams are set for defining future

    Cons

    Highly political environment. to succeed, it is more like who you know than what you did.

    The Testing Org needs a major overhaul - Resources are never allocated on time for critical projects (there is never enough budget mysteriously, as the Org keeps getting Top-Heavy!), stressing the entire team! This is not the place for top talent!

    Too much stress - avg QA/QE Tester works late nights and weekends to make up for bad decisions made in the mgmt chain, making it hard to recommend this company to top talent.

    Promotions to deserving employees are delayed, resulting in avoidable attrition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - analyze the wave of attrition and do meaningful anonymous exit interviews.

    - Hire more people who actually do the work, especially in Testing (QA) org, instead of more & more middle & top management.

    - spend more money on promoting deserving Individual contributors!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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