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eBay Inc. Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated December 19, 2014
Updated December 19, 2014
1,173 Reviews
3.7
1,173 Reviews
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eBay Inc. President and CEO John J. Donahoe
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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  

    Terrible experience and would not recommend it to others

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits with nice pay. The company also offers many small perks that include activities with family and provide a good number of training courses. HQ is located near Los Gatos trail that provides nice walks.

    Cons

    Constant changes with no clear direction. Most people are suck up and often fictionalize stories to please others to make their way up the chain. Most often you'll find people backstabbing each others which is truly unethical. No work life balance with terrible management. Often time promoting people that suck the blood out of the company and over work good employees with no reward.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please take employees unethical feedbacks seriously and eliminate those people that drive good employees away.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good culture and tallented people working here

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    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    Open to the ideas and process.

    Cons

    Every 2 weeks there is an release so evryone will feel some pressure

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Wide verity of technologies.

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

    I have been working at eBay Inc. full-time

    Pros

    Lot of opportunities. Proud to be part of this great organization

    Cons

    Very fast paced (I like it though).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Awesome!!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern-MBA in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Intern-MBA in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Very Helpful.Steep Learning curve.Excellent networking opportunities.

    Cons

    I dont have any cons to put over here.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Sometimes the best, sometimes the worst

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director, Software Development in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Director, Software Development in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, a lot of great people, some interesting and challenging projects on the cutting edge of technology.
    The company provides a lot of training and free access to a lot of valuable resources for personal and professional growth for both the technologists and managers. There's a lot of opportunities to grow in the company or make a lateral shift by moving to other team or project.

    Cons

    eBay has heavily overloaded and complex hierarchical structure with multiple tiers of management. It might be interesting for people who want to grow in management ranks. But it's definitely not the right culture for majority of start-up folks which are acquired by eBay year over year.
    If you need a real-life application of Parkinson's law on bureaucracies that multiply themselves - this is a place to come and see it. Self-sustained manager cohort grows, projects could be turned down the "next day" they started, the same thing could worked on by multiple independent teams in different departments, rewards are often given to unrelated but favored managers and people in front lines in the actual teams who do the work are ignored - all of this can be found here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I wish the leadership team initiatives started in the couple of last year come true one day, and the currently "rather good" company becomes a great and enduring company. I believe this is the right thing to do, yet there's still a long road to go.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Tough environment to get things done

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Ebay is trying to do the right thing. Senior management has created a mission, values and behaviors. John Donahoe is sincere and approachable. The company has good benefits and competitive compensation.

    Cons

    Although the company has stated mission and values, I don't think actions of senior management always align with those values, i.e. do the righ thing, develop people, be open, honest and direct. Unfortunately, as with many companies, people who are not good managers or leaders are rewarded. This is a matrix org; when there is not goal alignment, it is extremley hard to meet goals and get things done. Likewise, the company would like to invest in 'innovative' products, but these are the first ones being cut. The folks that are rewarded are the ones that work on 'core' businesses and are optimizing at the edges, not building the new stuff. There is a lot of bureaucracy and 'churn'. The people who get ahead are the folks that have been at the company a long time and are political. As you get more senior, the work-life balance is not good.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 6 people found this helpful  

    Needs Leadership makeover

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are fair

    Cons

    Very poor work-life balance
    Sr. Management doesn't practice what they preach
    Little transparency
    Unclear goals and poor prioritization across the board

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too much management, too much talk and not enough action. Need to regain your employee's trust with more transparency and find a way to motivate and inspire your talented employees so they can once again develop great products.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Too many levels of management promotes politics

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    • Career Opportunities
    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

    Interesting projects, exposure to real world heavy traffic, few smart people to work with, good work life balance , resources available to learn new stuff

    Cons

    too many levels of management, full of people who please managers and get promotion instead of doing work, afraid to make drastic changes or introduce game changers due to size of traffic and possible impact

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on better evaluation for promotions by discussing with more than just manager and actually checking deliverables
    Cafe sucks, dont make it free, but make it good

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    GTA

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

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

    Pros

    Great work environment, never a dull moment for Talent Acquisition.

    Cons

    Processes and Systems are not as seamless and easy to work with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Engineer @ eBay

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    Current Employee - MTS1 Staff Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - MTS1 Staff Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Overall a Good Company to work!

    Cons

    Work life balance, Senior management, Too much levels in management

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