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Updated July 24, 2015
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eBay President and CEO Devin Wenig
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Pros
  • Work/life balance is reasonable (in 114 reviews)

  • They hire smart people who are usually a good fit for the team (in 56 reviews)

Cons
  • No work life balance with terrible management (in 73 reviews)

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

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  1. It's all about the people...

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

    I worked at eBay full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Working with amazing people, being part of a platform that connects people and enables them to make a living and find just about anything.

    Cons

    It feels like you have to move a mountain to get some things done. At the same time, if you have buy in for your ideas everyone wants to join and be a part.

    Advice to Management

    None since there has been almost a complete change to Management. Looking forward to what the new eBay will become.


  2. Good for the unambitious

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

    I have been working at eBay full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Really good work/life balance If you want to work somewhere from 10 to 5, have frequent days off, don't need to learn anything new, and complete 2 things in an entire year, this is the place for you.

    Cons

    Tech stack is atrocious Politics of a large company Lack of credibility of higher management Legacy Java stack with domain specific reinventions of open source libraries that are worse in every way. Attempts to improve the stack get lip service but no competent infrastructure support. There is no serious movement to update the stack and fix things. New libraries and wrappers are written to interface with broken and disfunctional legacy systems so even using the new stack doesn't actually increase code productivity. Almost all of the smart engineers have left or are leaving so you won't get significant mentorship. As a junior engineer I am actually reverse mentoring senior engineers, architecting the entire project, and implementing a supermajority of everything on my project! Also promotions and wages aren't matching what startups are offering to pay now. Due to constant reorgs promotions are hard to come by while less qualified individuals get hired at higher ranks due to age. Something which would take you 2 days to complete takes 2+months at ebay due to the stack and process.

    Advice to Management

    Build credibility by sticking to what you say instead of constant reorgs and strategy changes every 3 months. Be truly open and honest instead of just preaching it. Work on a complete reinvention of the site from the ground up, throw away all of the legacy systems. Use open source technologies and ONLY open source technologies in the rewrite, don't make inc specific wrappers or variations of those libraries which are worse. Don't reinvent things like css, logging, server frameworks! Reduce management and meetings and just let competent engineers get things done. Senior engineers go to meetings almost all their time and contribute little or nothing to the company as a result even if they wanted to code. Focus on what people get done rather than how visible they are or how good the presentations look. Favor succint code rather than millions of copy pasted code. Do something about the fact that at least one internal system is always down every friday.


  3. Great company, smart people, casual atmosphere

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at eBay full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    smart people, good projects to work on, lots of variety of work, free breakfast, supportive management

    Cons

    potentially too many stakeholders, needs more focus on innovation and disrupting new markets

    Advice to Management

    reduce optimization of current products and focus resources on new products


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    A job that doesn't feel like a job

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    Current Employee - Disputes Specialist in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Disputes Specialist in Austin, TX

    I have been working at eBay full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    -Amazing team leads -Benefits -Coworkers -Training -Perks ( free snacks and meals )

    Cons

    Much needed changes can be sluggish and far between

    Advice to Management

    Reach down to the floor staff and hear out their issues more often. By doing so will increase moral


  6. great

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer III, Quality
    Former Employee - Software Engineer III, Quality

    I worked at eBay

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for. love id

    Cons

    more training and better management. Really nothing


  7. Difficult place to advance your career.

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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 full-time (More than 3 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great collaborative, casual, culture. Employees are nice, you work with talented people. Work/life balance is good as most people leave the office by 6PM.

    Cons

    Employees can get treated as actual head count rather than employees. Lots of shifts in the company. No clear direction from upper management. Difficult to get promoted. Given that it's a huge company, must be able to play the corporate politics in order to succeed.


  8. Software intern review

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at eBay

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    1.Relaxed working environment. 2.Friendly employees. 3.Easy to find people on other teams for help. Even for interns.

    Cons

    1. The company went through big transition. 2. Overall, the company is not a technology company rather a business company.

    Advice to Management

    I was overall satisfied with my internship experience. Do not have any advice for management.


  9. eBay

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at eBay

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

    Pros

    Strong team work ethic. They care about employers needs and are very understanding. Possibility for growth within company.

    Cons

    Last minute changes. Sometimes didn't meet employees needs. Unannounced employee reviews left a lot of us in the dark, especially when we were being reviewed for things that were way out of our job descriptions.

    Advice to Management

    Advice to management would be don't be so secretive to those who essentially keep the ship afloat; especially when starting a new branch off. Listen to those who are dealing with the customers you are trying to attract because chances they actually know what they are talking about.


  10. Working at eBay

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

    I worked at eBay

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Open Culture and great teamwork; people willing to listen and respectful of diverse opinions. Real desire to improve customer support. Take employee survey seriously and aim to change based on input

    Cons

    Need to be more agile, move faster...plenty of competitors out there who are more nimble. Decide where to really compete in the market and go for it, sometimes all over the place

    Advice to Management

    keep listening to all your stakeholders, employees, customers, shareholders etc. - move faster.


  11. Manager, Strategy

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at eBay full-time

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, great co-workers, excellent travel budget policy. Liberal company with generous benefits for all.

    Cons

    Top leadership losing focus - as company gets older it is losing its heart and soul.

    Advice to Management

    Get back to focusing on what made ebay unique



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