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eBay Inc. Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated December 13, 2014
Updated December 13, 2014
1,172 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Depending on your area in the company, there is a real emphasis on work-life balance (in 114 reviews)

  • Alignment and strong purpose, working with very smart people - have direct impact from UK (in 56 reviews)


Cons
  • Once you reach manager level or higher, work-life balance will suffer (in 73 reviews)

  • Frequent senior management attrition, leading to reorgs / policy changes (in 40 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good experience overall, can be streamlined

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Director of Product Management in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Director of Product Management in San Jose, CA

    I worked at eBay Inc. full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - smart people with varied backgrounds
    - many deep interesting problems to solve
    - well known around the world and generally well liked

    Cons

    - too many people for the scope of the company
    - different divisions of the company don't really work together much
    - decision making is too slow and requires too much input

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - streamline decision making
    - be more customer focused in all aspects

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Comfortable place to work. Nothing special though.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in San Jose, CA

    I worked at eBay Inc. as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities within the company.
    Great leadership and future outlook.
    Lots of benefits, other than the free lunch, resembles other companies.
    Spend a lot of money on you (intern).

    Cons

    Not much opportunity to grow.
    Your experience will depend largely on your team.
    Very very laid back (at the team/building I was working at). Sometimes feels too laid back.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Present the choice of team.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Not on the right path to go from good to great

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at eBay Inc. (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The pay and benefits are great at eBay. Work/life balance is also very good.

    Cons

    The management does not share a clear vision and often can't decide what to do. The result is a lot of churn and abandoned projects. What finally gets delivered is often a watered down compromise lacking any sort of passion or innovation. Although the company is supportive of external training, there are not a lot of opportunities to use this on the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be more trust in the employees to build a sense of ownership and pride. Value your talent and motivate them to thrive.

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

    Excellent work place

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at eBay Inc. full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Nice work environment and smart people. Very much open for innovative ideas in my team. Work is appreciated if you do good, again it depends on the team.

    Cons

    Can't think of many as I haven't been around for a long time. But I think too much changes at the same time across teams hinders progress.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No as such

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff II in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff II in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at eBay Inc. full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good company, mature business, lot of free cash flow and some good brains

    Cons

    engineering culture is heavily influenced by business and hence not many great innovations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make engineering culture more predominant. It helps in growing faster and sharper.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Friendly, collaborative group of people with a desire to do what's right.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Friendly, collaborative culture.
    Work-life balance is good.
    Fairly open management.
    Moving to more use of Open Source and less propriety technologies

    Cons

    Pay is average to slightly below.
    Slow to promote.
    Annual, but low cost of living raises. A joke given the rate cost of living goes up in San Jose yearly.
    Constantly changing focus within teams and seemingly endless reorgs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Fast paced company where you can contribute to your fullest and learn new technologies.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QA Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - QA Manager in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at eBay Inc. full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    You can bring your full potential to the table. You can expose yourself to practically any new technology and work it into your project. You have to be willing to put in the time, but if you're a hard-worker and enjoy learning, there are great opportunities here. But you do need to take the initiative...no one is going to just drop it on your lap.

    Cons

    Limited upward mobility. The organization is fairly flat and positions are stable, so its not uncommon to see qualified people work for many years before getting an opportunity to get promoted and get more responsibility. Some people do get promoted in a reasonable amount of time but keep the same job, so it's just an upgraded title. Having said that, you can move around the org to work on different things if you feel you've hit a ceiling where you are.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote, promote, promote.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Nice place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - User Interface Designer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - User Interface Designer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at eBay Inc. full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    A lot of very nice talented people.

    Cons

    There are a lot of politics

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Place to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff I Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff I Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    You can move around different groups depending on what you're interested in.
    Lots of different projects to choose from. You can choose high profile projects that can get you promoted or low profile projects with good work balance.

    Cons

    Slow company growth.
    Mediocre or bad performers are kept on the team (even though they are good for the bell curve, it's frustrating working with uninspiring or clueless people).
    I am starting to see a trend in my team of more off-shoring again which leads to poor code quality.
    My team doesn't seem to care about the users. Once a product is put in maintenance mode, it gets sent to off-shore teams who don't know the product/technology as well and who don't respond to user complaints quickly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They need to care about the users of our platform.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    good experience overall

    Former Employee - Intern in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in San Jose, CA

    I worked at eBay Inc. as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    the exposure to the entire company was good. There is a lot going on in eBay inc and it was nice to be able to see that and be part of it.

    Cons

    There are many teams working on the same things. The company gets too big. The developers tend to be more backend and less about user experience

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More events that join the different parts of eBay.

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