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Abebooks Reviews

Updated Mar 21, 2019

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3.6
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Arkady Vitrouk
4 Ratings
  1. "Challenging, fast-paced environment with room to learn and grow"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Abebooks full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    AbeBooks is full of smart people across the tech and business sides of the company and working with them is fun and challenging. As an Amazon subsidiary, we have access to one of the world's most impressive companies for knowledge sharing, training, and career opportunities. RSU compensation is unbeatable in the Victoria job market.

    Cons

    Limited resources. Like most companies, there is an endless list of things we want to do. Getting the resources to get them done can be a challenge but we have great processes in place to help us prioritize projects and get as much done as possible with the resources we have. Getting creative and bit scrappy to get things out the door can be a fun challenge.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to learn from employees, seek diverse perspectives, and value inclusion.

    Abebooks2019-02-22
  2. Helpful (3)

    "Hypocrisy-filled "Amazon TECH Company" driven by a bunch of white men"

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    Former Employee - SDE2 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Abebooks full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Decent office, ok salary, showers in office

    Cons

    Not a "tech company" Pushes "...an Amazon company" a ton but actually receives no benefits from being an Amazon subsidiary Limited opportunity for growth Despite having a D&I (Diversity and Inclusion) team, upper management is comprised of 100% white male in their mid-30s to 50s Hidden factors in contract - did you know that if you leave within 2 years you need to pay back your signing bonus? Come on... Upper management...

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    Abebooks2017-11-28
  3. "Great international experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends

    I worked at Abebooks full-time

    Pros

    The team was amazing, it was a pleasure to get to work in the morning. I appreciate the focus on personal development, even though the system was not perfect.

    Cons

    There were inequalities in salary.

    Abebooks2019-03-21
  4. "Good overall"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at Abebooks

      Pros

      good culture and well stocked kitchen

      Cons

      Not much of a tech atmosphere

      Abebooks2018-11-05
    • "Account Manager"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Abebooks full-time

      Pros

      Coorporate benefits - Startup environment balance.

      Cons

      Forced to follow Amazon processes, that don´t fit with medium sized company.

      Abebooks2018-10-14
    • Helpful (2)

      "Interesting, fast-paced workplace"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I have been working at Abebooks full-time

      Pros

      great team and atmosphere, lots of opportunities

      Cons

      cross-office communication needs work, otherwise great

      Abebooks2018-08-06
    • Helpful (1)

      "Software Development Engineer co-op"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Abebooks

      Pros

      You'll be surrounded by some extremely intelligent people who really know what they're doing. These are world class people who will make you a better engineer.

      Cons

      Sometimes the work you do feels a little insignificant due to the sheer size of the application code.

      Abebooks2017-10-21
    • Helpful (1)

      "Challenging and interesting tech job"

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      Current Employee - Software Development Manager in Victoria, BC
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook

      I have been working at Abebooks full-time

      Pros

      - Talented engineering team - Fun events, relaxed atmosphere - Opportunity to contribute to book culture worldwide - Customer focused - Challenging tech problems to solve - Autonomy + Ownership - A lot of flexibility for work/life balance

      Cons

      - Some large policy-driven tech projects

      Abebooks2017-08-15
    • Helpful (6)

      "It's not what it could be."

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      No opinion of CEO

      I have been working at Abebooks

      Pros

      -average pay, stock incentives make it a bit more attractive -some brilliant talented engineers -opportunity for business travel -fun corporate events

      Cons

      - brilliant talent in the world not utilized. no room for creativity when everyone is stuck trying to patch Legacy code or working on huge amazon policy requirements. -corproate culture is stressed and over competitive and there is less feeling of teamwork or team support now. -many bright team members have recently left with little incentive to stay. -as another reviewer said the lack of diversity in sr. roles is...

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      Abebooks2017-07-19
    • Helpful (4)

      "You are good as long as you don't shake the boat!!"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Abebooks full-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      Good pay. Leadership principles. Nice office with great view of the ocean and harbour. Great coffee shop nearby on the harbour.

      Cons

      You are all good as long as you don't try to shake the boat!! Let it run as it is, do not try to do something adventurous, nobody will bother you. As long as you start trying something new or challenge others to get their job done on time, you are out of this place in the name of "earn trust of the others".

      Abebooks2017-07-15
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