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"A valuable experience"

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  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
Recommends
No opinion of CEO

Pros

I greatly enjoyed my time at eBay. It's a challenging environment, and extremely intense. If you're an ambitious, hard working, and self motivated person - this is the right place for you.

Working 50hrs-60hrs is normal, which can be a con to some. But if you view your career an investment, then that time is put to good use as that time fuels your growth.

o Those willing to own and lead in their areas are rewarded
o You don't need formal authority to pitch and push initiatives
o Lots of training/education
o Great people
o In Operations at least, everyone knew what the corporate goals were and how they were linked all the way down to your specific teams goals.
o Performance appraisals were fair and objective
o Salary was competitive
o Amazing conference rooms, almost all of them have overhead projectors, all the buildings are wireless, etc...
o Challenging and interesting work
o Company stresses their values & beliefs, and really lives up to it
o They have this incubator/innovation program where you can pitch ideas, and the best ideas get funding
o They have a leadership mentoring program to help grow management skills within the organization
o I felt very appreciated by the management team
o Many opportunities to grow into other areas of the business
o On a geek level, it is quite fascinating how a site of that magnitude works
o ESPP

Cons

o It is intense, so if you're looking for a 40hr/week, this isn't the place for you.
o The stock was a big motivator for many, but now that that's flatlined - you can't expect "the big pay day" anymore. Though the vesting schedule was quite reasonable.
o At the time, technical people were very nervous to talk about anything or even mention they worked at eBay on technical discussion forums, blogs, twitter, contributing on open source projects, etc... out of fear of violating strict NDA. And techies tend to enjoy contributing to the community, sharing knowledge, etc... Though I think they've relaxed those rules.
o Bias towards preferred vendors tends to inhibit objective analysis of competitive offerings.
o Development teams of the core platform felt they didn't have enough insight into the bigger picture of what they were working on.

Advice to Management

Continue to do what you're doing - invest in your people, live your philosophy, and maintain the vision, nested objectives, and goals.

Do make sure that the development teams don't feel like widget factory makers, and provide them with a sense of ownership.

Other Employee Reviews for eBay

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If you are a driven individual, you will be successful at eBay.
    Good perks
    Flexible Scheduling
    Smart People
    Pay is above average

    Cons

    You have to get on the right team to really excel at eBay. A lot of people complain about unfair promotions and the like, but those are the people who are complacent and think time is a qualification for a promotion.

    Advice to Management

    I honestly think that senior management is doing a great job. The only thing I would say is that they need to reward innovation more.


  2. "eBay was once a great place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager Customer Service in Draper, UT
    Former Employee - Senior Manager Customer Service in Draper, UT
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    innovation, change, excitement, passion, did I mention change. If you enjoy a fast paced environment, it is a great place to work.

    Cons

    You will spend more time doing power points for Sr. Management than actually doing your job. Do what is right for the customer - both internal (your associates) and external customers. eBay was once a great customer focused company, they have lost that focus. Too many decisions are made based upon costs. In a CS environment, that is tough.

    Advice to Management

    Get focused back on the customer. In CS it should be all about the customer.

    Listen to your leaders - you have lost a lot of great CS leaders in the past 12-18 months, and it will continue if you don't listen to your front line managers.

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