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"tremendous opportunities, if only we would get our heads on straight and choose a visionary plan and leadership"

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Current Employee - Product Manager in San Jose, CA
Current Employee - Product Manager in San Jose, CA
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

For better or worse, eBay is a large company. Even if you start at eBay doing one job, there's tremendous opportunity to more around the company if you are apt and willing. eBay also attacks problems of tremendous scale, unmatched anywhere on the web. How we handle them is sometimes questionable, but there's no doubt that we are the biggest game in town.

Cons

Management is schizophrenic and quarter-driven. Even when we were promised that we were NOT going to be quarter driven, we still see a highly detrimental focus on making the projection for Wall St.

Internally, everything not aligned with the current soup du 'jour is likely to be canceled, paused, downsized or outright ignored. Also there are far too many doers and not enough thinkers hired here. This company is run by people who "have ideas", whether they are well-planned or not.

Advice to Management

Settle down. STOP focusing on the near term. Chill out, plan ahead and start treating this company like it's going to be around for 100 years. If you don't treat it that way, then it won't be. If you keep treating it like it will only be around another 3 to 5 years, then Wall St. will assume that too.

Other Employee Reviews for eBay

  1. Helpful (3)

    "stuck in "turnaround" hell -- we'll see how it all shakes out. a lot (too much) change going on right now"

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    Current Employee - Senior Category Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Category Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    great brand name, real impact on people's lives, removing inefficiencies from marketplaces - its nice to work for a company that is universally known (but sometimes passionately hated as well)

    Cons

    way too much bureaucracy - too much "its not on my list", and this year, a lot of fear around layoffs and constrained resources. product changes are slow. existing processes are inflexible. the company has carved work into so many little pieces that its hard to find any ownership. too many ex-consultants and ex-bankers in leadership - we need more operating expertise to run a company. much too focused on powerpoint decks instead of real bold action and experience.

    Advice to Management

    stop changing things - its makes everyone dizzy! buyers, sellers, employees, etc, are just trying to earn a living and do good work. you make it really hard when policies, resources, fees, headcount keep changing.


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Ebay can be better with changes."

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    When you can't find a position anywhere else. Ebay was much better under Meg...not perfect just better.

    Cons

    Management couldn't care less about ideas for improvement. Only senior management is listened to but rarely has real input since Donahoe came on board. His ego is tremendous and he truly believes that his disruptive innovation will work. Unfortunately he refuses to admit it hasn't worked.

    Advice to Management

    eBay is going downhill since the changes this year. Reverse them and get our sellers/buyers back. It is apparent to Wall street that things are dismal for eBay's future hence the rapid stock decline. Employees morale is in the dumps due to the fact we have to toe the company line even when we know it is wrong.

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