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eBay Employees Recall Work Environment Under Whitman, HP’s New CEO

With the world watching as Meg Whitman, eBay’s former CEO, takes over as Hewlett-Packard’s newest CEO, Glassdoor dug into employee reviews to uncover what eBay employees had to say about working under Whitman. Whitman served as President and Chief Executive Officer of eBay from 1998 to 2008. During her ten years with the company she oversaw expansion from 30 employees and $4 million in annual revenue to more than 15,000 employees and $8 billion in annual revenue.

Here’s what eBay employees, during Whitman’s tenure as CEO, had to say:

“eBay was much better under Meg…not perfect just better.” – eBay Software Engineer (San Jose, CA)

“I never thought I would say this, but I miss Meg! Come back Meg!!!!!” – eBay Software Engineer (San Jose, CA)

“The working environment reflects Meg Whitman’s own political style … which is to say ruthless and passive-aggressive. Meg and her leadership team managed to transform Pierre’s utopian vision and great business idea into a sharp-edged organization feeding the Street quarter to quarter.” – eBay Vice President (San Jose, CA)

“Meg Whitman did a great job in bringing us from a 30 people corporation to a huge corporation.” – eBay Merchandising Manager (Los Angeles, CA)

“I was very PROUD to work for eBay. When Meg Whitman “walked” into her position and the new hires began their take over, everything the early employees (remotes) worked so hard for was quickly dissolved and pushed down the drain. I began to see that eBay was on its way of being a monster,”- eBay Customer Support employee (San Jose, CA)

“When eBay missed Wall Street goals for the first time, regular employees did not get a bonus, but the CEO (Meg Whitman at the time) received a one million dollar bonus.” – eBay Customer Service Representative (Draper, UT)

“Ex-CEO Meg Whitman is hugely popular although she is responsible for little other than series of well-planned photo-ops. She rode the wave of success, but dropped the ball when the going got tough and left a mess behind for others to clean up.” – eBay Product Marketing Manager (San Jose, CA)

“Even when Meg was CEO, management was too far removed from the day to day problems CSRs encountered, and seemed to focus on making the job harder every year.” – eBay Customer Service Representative (Vancouver, BC)

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