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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. 4 people found this helpful  

    Iterating on Mediocrity

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer III in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer III in San Jose, CA

    I worked at eBay Inc. full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very cushy environment. Basically unlimited vacation time with the way "working from home" is treated. No real pressure to deliver anything.

    Cons

    There is no concept of failure. No ability to take risks. Ancient tech stack and lack of talent drives any high talent new hires to leave within 1 year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire 1/3 of the company and start anew. Far to much deadwood. Also, be less concerned with managing legacy customers as you are about capturing new customers and markets.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Hard to be innovative or create value, especially in HR

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

    I worked at eBay Inc. full-time

    Pros

    Decent business strategy, many smart people, excellent brand. When a decision is made and backed up with investment, initiatives move forward and are executed.

    Cons

    HR is a nightmare. Slow to move on anything. No concept of value creation. Focused on optimizing what is already there and not open to new ideas. The hiring plan is used to manage costs and results in req freezes on a regular basis throughout the year. Lots of politics.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great company

    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. full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I have been working for ebay for quite some time and it's a great place to work on. you get a chance to work latest technologies and the projects/area that interests you. Ebay also pays competitive salaryand other benefits.

    Cons

    Promotion is little tricky to get in the ebay . It takes 3-4 years for you to go to next level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are lot of redundancy of projects (different team trying to do the same thing). so i would recommend to fix that so that company can focus on newer initiative.

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  5.  

    Good experience.

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    Former Employee - Technical PhD in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Technical PhD in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Good pay, great perks as an intern. Intern project was very interesting.

    Cons

    People claim to be Data scientists, but are actually data analysts. Few people have background in data mining or machine learning.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Managers want hour to hour

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

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

    Pros

    I don't see any Pros, except for the fact that so many people have left the company that they cannot lay you off.

    Cons

    They have new seating where they make the manager sit right next to you,
    Now this guy (manager) monitors everyone and notes how you plan your entire day
    He also expects you to send him hourly work schedule by end of the week.
    The company has not performed well over the last two years hence even if you perform well, the portion of the bonus that depends on the company will never be 100%, probably close to 75% or less
    Lots of senior folks have left the company including David Marcus (Head of PayPal unit)
    No innovation is happening inside the company at all, the technologies used inside is pretty old.
    The development infrastructure is completely broken, you have to really struggle hard to push just a single line of code into production.
    Management does not want to spend the time in improving the infrastructure but want their developers to keep giving out o/p at constantly high pace.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Garbage, welcome to the Jungle

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

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

    Pros

    There used to be pros when company (or certain departments) was run (somewhat) by engineers. They don't exist anymore unless you're an intern, college graduate or H1B. You won't learn nor will you build anything of consequence in the "current" eBay.

    Cons

    Endless meetings about meetings. Employer doesn't value employees...if they did they wouldn't have done a constructive dismissal of all of them. Heartless company with no direction, abusive managers, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hara-kiri.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great place when you start, not so great when you have been there a long time. They don't value employee loyalty.

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

    I worked at eBay Inc. (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    There are wonderful people to work with around the company. The sabbatical program is of course a plus (after having worked there 5 years). I found a lot of opportunities for advancement and learned a lot during my time there.

    Cons

    After a number of promotions and over 10 years of working there, I barely got a pat on the back when I left. I went in and felt like a contributor that mattered for a number of years and left feeling like a number.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire better people managers. There are a lot of smart people out there, but you're suffering in the morale and productivity departments because of the lack of true mentors at the company. Don't throw new programs at the problem (I know there's a mentoring program.). You need to hire people that actually inspire others. And please start showing those that have stuck with the company through good and bad some appreciation, instead of operating a culture that makes that loyalty feel like a negative.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good company; team is important

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    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 an year)

    Pros

    * overall the company's management is good. Not too much of bureaucracy for the big company and they are making it even less over time.
    * decent amount of smart people
    * if you get in a right team - the projects are interesting
    * good benefits, decent compensation

    Cons

    * if you got in a wrong team - there might be boring projects, not so smart co-workers, bad code

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Software Engineer 2, Quality

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Lot of domains and fast paced learning. Active environment to work for. Good facilities.

    Cons

    Career development opportunities are less.
    No Scope to learn great technologies.
    Lot of re-orgs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great Place to Work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at eBay Inc. as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Well defined Structure. Lot of opportunities to learn and grow. Overall a great place to work!

    Cons

    Technical support/team is outsourced to IBM. It is highly disorganized, unprofessional and also not technically competent. management takes all possible initiatives, but still unsuccessful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take control of your Vendors and ensure they deliver what they promise!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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