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"Terrible manager ruined experience"

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Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I worked at eBay full-time (More than 3 years)

Pros

- Some friendly and collaborative co-workers

Cons

- Like something out of a Dilbert cartoon
- Poor, depressing culture
- Long hours
- Terrible middle managers
- Heavy butt covering, me me me, command and control attitude of managers
- Managers watch your time like you are an hourly worker
- No arrival/departure time flexibility
- Pay 10-15% below market at the time (2008-2010)
- Co-workers not that smart. Couldn't learn anything from them.
- Very outdated software stack
- No room for innovation
- Product Managers ruled, and they weren't very good

I suffocated in this work environment (I was a new grad), dealt with jealousy of co-workers and managers, was constantly micro-managed and boxed-in, and was never given any real room to try new things, learn new things, do new things, or implement things differently. Every attempt to do something new was met with talk that I didn't know what I was doing, or was squashed for some other reason.

The managers constantly insisted that I didn't know how to do A and that I didn't know how to do B even though I clearly new, and they went to great lengths to ensure that I would never get an opportunity to do them to "prove myself." The managers were obsessed with knowing and commenting on the time I got into work and the time I left and would harass me about this (and any random thing they could find), rather than leave me to do my work.

Advice to Management

Company culture needs work and so does the software that powers the site.

Other Employee Reviews for eBay

  1. "Overall Review"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Okay pay
    - Great atmosphere
    - Team collaboration
    - Very developed programs

    Cons

    - Too much work for one person to handle
    - Not enough resources
    - Growth is shunted by mid-level managers

    Advice to Management

    Look at your mid-level managers and ensure they are engaging employees to the maximum.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great company and smart employees."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at eBay full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Well known company that is not going away. Global leader in eCommerce. PayPal also continues to shine.

    Cons

    It is getting large and there is more office politics than needed.

    Advice to Management

    Do a better job of keeping early employees at eBay instead of hiring from outside the company when there are plenty of loyal employees waiting to move up after years of hard work.


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