eBay Inc. Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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  1. Fun company, mostly good support from managers, open for input from employees

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    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in London, England (UK)

    I worked at eBay Inc. full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good progression if you do well

    Cons

    Long hours in some cases

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus more on people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. Great culture but struggling with competitive pressure

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    Current Employee - Senior Business Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Business Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at eBay Inc. full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    eBay UK has a very collaborative culture, people are smart and treat each other with a lot of respect. Working hours are very flexible, working from home is widely used. Great focus on people development.The performance management is very transparent - you sign up for targets that make sense and you aren't crucified if external events mean you missed some of them. In my time I changed teams and areas quite a lot which means it never got boring so far.

    Cons

    It's a big company with the headquarter in the US and so sometimes processes seem slow in the international offices. you need patience.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Great company to work for- relaxed culture. Not too corporate.

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    Former Contractor - Marketing in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Marketing in London, England (UK)

    I worked at eBay Inc. as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good with training and learning. Regular insightful sessions to inspire employees

    Cons

    No real downsides. Depends on your job role.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. Good company, could be much better

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at eBay Inc. (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great Environment, work life balance, good salaries

    Cons

    Politics, Politics, Politics.
    Career progression depending on networking rather than skills. Still, It's near impossible to leap in career progression

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open-minded, less siloed.
    Want to be a manager? You need to be able to be a leader.
    Managing with authority belongs to the 20th century.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Some things are great - others not so

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Large organisation with lots of opportunities to move geographies and change roles. Most people are super smart and generally nice to work with. Generally well paid. Work life balance is challenging but manageable.

    Cons

    Management is top heavy (too many chiefs and not enough highly empowered indians). Lots of MBA strategy people with no clue about product development. Product & technology groups are disempowered. Still very waterfall in terms of planning. Minimal agility at the ground level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Strategy, planning & prioritisation is so high level it is useless. It offers no guidance to teams at the ground level as to how to make trade offs between multiple strategic initiatives.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Great shared purpouse and tech company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    This company has great ideals, but sometime management fails to focus on their execution. People are very smart and fun to work with, and work life balance is great. Though there isn't that much challenge everyday and people are afraid often to go against the status quo and risk for new breakthrough ideas.

    Cons

    This company has great ideals, but sometime management fails to focus on. People are very smart and fun to work with, and work life balance is great. Though there isn't that much challenge everyday and people are afraid often to go against the status quo and risk for new breakthrough ideas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think the management needs to devolve a small part of their time towards more operational activities, to truly understand our customers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful

    Disappointing work compared to the amazing people and benefits

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    Current Employee - Analytics Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Analytics Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at eBay Inc. full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The people were the best part of the company. Everyone is extremely friendly, intelligent and social and it does not feel like a typical office. The benefits and location on the river in Richmond are equally great.

    Cons

    The company is too focused on weekly metric reviews and it feels like nothing ever gets accomplished. Because of this, the Analytics team is used more as a reporting function and there is very little opportunity to do real insight analysis.

    There is also a real lack of speed and innovation. Even the smallest changes can take forever to implement and most initiatives come in response to something done my a competitor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you continue to let senior management make all the decisions and put so much focus on tracking metrics, people will keep leaving. You have an amazing group of people, but they need to be used properly. Start thinking about the customer and use Analytics for analysis, not reporting.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful

    Smart people in a slow moving organisation disconnected from customers

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Smart, well educated people with lots of broad experience.
    Great office location, office facilities
    Chance to work for a household brand and touch millions of customers' lives

    Cons

    Increasingly bureaucratic, many approvers and stakeholders to get anything done
    Very slow moving for an ecommerce company, emphasis on having meetings and producing slides
    Constant reorganisations and changes in direction harm efficiency and morale
    Poor communications from senior management
    Poor career development and people management
    Lots of people with good consulting and business school experience but lacking tangible skills
    Tends to follow the competitors rather than lead the way

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    eBay was wonderful. Very lucky to work with so many good people.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Wonderful people, great colleagues who became friends as well
    Provides career opportunity in terms of relocation or moving across the other eBay owned business but one should still be proactive about own career
    Free fruits and breakfast provided in the office

    Cons

    The company is getting too big in size so things are moving slower. More hoops to jump through to get things executed.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Puts people first

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at eBay Inc. full-time

    Pros

    - Work life balance
    - Interesting work
    - Intelligent people

    Cons

    - Bureaucratic, slow to react
    - Constant re-organizations (2x a year)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Better transparency for promotions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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