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  1.  

    Smart people, Challenging problems to solve, Great work environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brisbane, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brisbane, CA

    I have been working at Shopping.com

    Pros

    Surrounded by very smart and innovative people who thrive to do their best in building a world class product to server the customers. Team work, professionalism, winning spirit, and customer focus. innovative and latest technologies to work with.

    Cons

    Office location. Very challenging market space. You need to be ready to tackle tough technical problems. Time to market pressure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue your focus on solving tough consumer problems and in creating the most helpful shopping site. Would like to see more reviews, alerts and community activities on your site.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    This company is a stepping stone for people who want to move on to bigger and better things.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brisbane, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brisbane, CA

    I worked at Shopping.com full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Company is small and operates somewhat like a startup but is also part of eBay. You get all the benefits of working for a large tech company with the closeness of working with a small group of people.

    Cons

    Company culture doesn't really exists. All employees are expected to buy in to the plan or drink the koolaid. If not, they are basically forced out. There seems to be a different strategy every year on turning the company away from the dying Comparison Shopping space. Employees are asked to do "upward feedback" surveys periodically and it is supposedly anonymous, but I've heard management uses this to identify employees who are not "engaged" and quickly force them out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Culture matters. You will not be able to recruit or keep talent if you do not focus on company culture. Benefits are simply not good enough to keep talented contributors so almost all move on to better things.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    work and managerial politics

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Brisbane, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Brisbane, CA

    I have been working at Shopping.com full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    be very careful joining this company because.. the mangers here are very manipulative

    Cons

    with the managers attitude it is hard to work in a place like this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be human follow your ebay values..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great, small, high energy company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brisbane, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brisbane, CA

    I have been working at Shopping.com

    Pros

    Small, energetic team that keeps it human, is honest and direct, lots of cool people. Recent customer focus is very motivating

    Cons

    Tough business context, lots of competition. Some employees not very engaged

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the focus on the customer, take bigger risks and make sure all employees are on board

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    My 2c

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brisbane, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brisbane, CA

    I have been working at Shopping.com

    Pros

    Small place to make an impact and get recognized. Easy and friendly people, great bay view, fun place. Small teams size too.

    Cons

    Going through a turnaround, may see projects being re-prioritized often. Has seen lots of employee churn lately, many positions open.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stick to the execution plan strictly and show results. Keep the act fast, run fast spirit alive and kicking well.

    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Shopping.com

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    Current Employee - Shopping.com in Brisbane, CA
    Current Employee - Shopping.com in Brisbane, CA

    I have been working at Shopping.com

    Pros

    Very nice environment to work and lot of experienced people.

    Cons

    Less growth after some time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more confident

    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Move to eBay already!!

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    Former Employee - Seat Filler in Brisbane, CA
    Former Employee - Seat Filler in Brisbane, CA

    I worked at Shopping.com

    Pros

    you get a paycheck and some health benefits.
    parking.
    you aren't expected to work too hard, or put in too many hours. 10-5:30pm (6pm at the latest) with a 1 to 2 hour lunch if you feel like it.

    Cons

    there are 2 many to list here, but a few are:

    - Incompetent management who mostly care about people filling seats and "pretending" they're improving the business through short projects that try to improve NPS.

    - All of their competitors have a much better business because their sites perform very fast. Shopping.com has set the benchmark for completely irrelevant searches that take forever to load.

    - Even knowing this, management still can't listen to advice from engineers, only product managers... and in the end, these projects only fall short of a vastly pathetic goal.

    - They waste their time identifying issues that really are non-issues, and at the same time, don't spend any time with the real issues - improving site architecture and performance.

    - If you argue with your inexperienced (but promoted) manager, too much, he'll try to put you on a performance plan, all the while making excuses of what you did wrong, except, there's no real evidence...

    - Management gets off on their own pep talks ... you should give a shout out to the eBay CEO who comes to do the cheer-leading and curse "f$ck" and "sh$t" during his speech!! very classy!!

    - people who work hard and try to lead end up getting snuffed by insecure, jealous managers who can't even answer the question, "what do you do?" .. except to say "I have no idea".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move the company to eBay and get rid of those Shopping.com managers !!! get some new ones !!! Better yet, promote your senior engineers to be the managers!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Terrific Place to Work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brisbane, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brisbane, CA

    I worked at Shopping.com

    Pros

    Shopping.com is a terrific place to work, in that the people are very friendly, intelligent, supportive, and hard-working, and know how to balance work and fun. I looked forward to coming to work each day and left happy. My co-workers were great, and I still keep in touch with several of them. Shopping.com hires terrific people who contribute to a positive, interactive, and driven culture.

    The work was challenging and enjoyable, and I loved that everyone was passionate about what they were doing and how they were doing it.

    Management is serious about fostering growth and success and nurturing each employee's professional interests. Expectations are high, but so is delivery, and managers work just as hard for their teams as they expect their teams to work for them.

    Shopping.com has the "internet company culture," with many perks and organized social activities throughout the year. The office is full of personality, with an appealing, unique, and interesting environment.

    Management is terrific about keeping employees in the loop about current events, company performance, plans for future developments, etc. The company really respects employees and makes it a priority to keep them in the loop and in the know. They don't keep people in the dark, and they respect, listen to, and value employee feedback.

    Cons

    Senior management sometimes jumps to conclusions, based on their observations, rather than going directly to the source to get the facts. That can lead to actions being misinterpreted and conclusions that are based on speculation, rather than solid information.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rather than make assumptions, gather all of the facts and go directly to the source, to make sure the conclusions are accurate.

    Recommends
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Lots of wheel spinning without much motion.

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    Former Employee - Director in Brisbane, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Brisbane, CA

    I worked at Shopping.com

    Pros

    Generally fun group of people. Occasionally interesting work when the right questions were being asked. Good work / life balance; the floor is empty by 6:30 every evening. The company, brand, and value proposition have the potential to be something great.

    Cons

    Shopping.com is in that awkward space where it's too big to be truly innovative but too small to have any material impact on eBay's numbers.

    Everyone's busy but little gets done. The innovation-to-employee ratio was sub-standard. Too much time spent on PowerPoint slides vs. delivering value. Slow to embrace web 2.0 technologies or leveraging the community. Some of this sluggishness may have to do with the eBay mother ship. But if you want to be in a place that fosters and cherishes true innovation and risk taking, this is not the place.

    Standards are low. Slow or declining growth was too easily accepted. No real sense of urgency. Blatant problems with the site were easily dismissed as "well, that's just how it is." Take a look at the giant home page image that doesn't click to any products.

    Too much of the business model was reliant on keyword arbitrage. Very little organic traffic.

    Also, when I was there, the business units were very dis-jointed and even slightly competitive. They might as well operated as different companies. Very little cross-team collaboration or understanding what others were working on.

    Too much time was spent on post rationalization vs. moving forward created a somewhat defensive culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to find that right balance of delivering value to merchants while delighting consumers. Not an easy problem, clearly. It's always easy to say the normal platitudes: focus on fewer things; think long term; treat your people well, etc. But I would simply suggest you think about what you want to be when you grow up. Decide on certain values that are non negotiable and work towards those values. For example, if you say delighting consumers is a core value, then really live those values without compromise.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not a good place to be for product people

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    Former Employee - Product Management in Brisbane, CA
    Former Employee - Product Management in Brisbane, CA

    I worked at Shopping.com

    Pros

    - Good market position in 2006
    - If you're good, they will pay you good dollars to join (at least back then)
    - The Israeli guys are generally good guys but you have to understand their communication style

    Cons

    when I was there
    - lack of innovation drive by top management
    - top leadership's focus on short term revenue and making eBay happy
    - mediocre engineers save for a few diamonds
    - too process heavy after Program Management Office was instituted, very eBay
    - being a jerk is tolerated and even got engineering managers promoted

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to drive product innovation. If you drive business only through revenue levers (marketing and sales), you will only get short term results.

    Doesn't Recommend

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