eBay Inc. Reviews

Updated April 21, 2015
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  1. Not on the right path to go from good to great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)

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

    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 Management

    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.

  2. Helpful (5)

    Worst company I have ever worked for!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in San Jose, CA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in San Jose, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nothing good about working here.

    Cons

    Horrible company to work for! eBay is unorganized, outdated, and way too conservative. You are forced to use outdated equipment that constantly malfunctions and wastes time. I was also treated horribly by management with constant insults. I was not trained in anything, and expected to magically know everything. When i asked questions to improve my performance I received condescending remarks implying that i was stupid. I finally wanted to improve the workplace environment and told my manager about how I felt uncomfortable working in this condescending environment. Instead they "solved" the problem by firing me without any type of warning, not even having the decency to tell me I was fired to my face! Take my advice and don't work here! Don't even waste your time applying for a job here. Working at eBay was a complete waste of time and energy. No wonder eBay is doing horribly. Looking back I am so thankful I don't work at eBay anymore because I am currently working at another high profile tech company that treats me significantly better.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with respect!

  3. Excellent work place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    No as such

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  5. Good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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

  6. Nice place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of very nice talented people.

    Cons

    There are a lot of politics

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Promote, promote, promote.

  8. good experience overall

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

    I worked at eBay Inc. as an intern (Less than a 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 Management

    More events that join the different parts of eBay.

  9. Helpful (2)

    Run of the mill IT shop

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great facilities, good compensation. In general the people are good, mean well and want to get along.
    It has a good product and decent outlook

    Cons

    too many people, too many projects, lack of focus. Product managers are generally viewed as glorified typists.

    Advice to Management

    cut out most of the Sr Directors, they don't add too much value.

  10. great company to start your career!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great self-learning opportunities, great team-work

    Cons

    hope to have more transparent management

  11. Helpful (1)

    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    They need to care about the users of our platform.

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