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eBay Inc. Reviews

Updated 29 January 2015
Updated 29 January 2015
1,218 Reviews
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1,218 Reviews
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eBay Inc. President and CEO John J. Donahoe
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Depending on your area in the company, there is a real emphasis on work-life balance (in 114 reviews)

  • Alignment and strong purpose, working with very smart people - have direct impact from UK (in 56 reviews)


Cons
  • Once you reach manager level or higher, work-life balance will suffer (in 73 reviews)

  • Frequent senior management attrition, leading to reorgs / policy changes (in 40 reviews)

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  1.  

    Wonderful Place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Sydney
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Sydney

    I worked at eBay Inc. full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Creative Environment and Excellent Compensation!

    Cons

    Some limitations of career progression.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    It has so much potential!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney

    I have been working at eBay Inc.

    Pros

    Smart, passionate people. Totally self motivated and driven.
    Network of intelligent and experienced people all around the world.
    Great international opportunities. Generous travel.
    Interesting strategic questions and impact to Australian market. Everyone is plugged into it.
    Collaborative environment.

    Cons

    Weak senior management role models in regards to expertise and experience. There is a lot of talk about experience, but not a lot of direction or action.
    Consultant mentality. Everyone thinks they are strategic. Execution and delivery suffers.
    There is an obsession with profile and exposure.
    Favouritism from the top. Obvious imbalances. It is definitely easier for some than others.

    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Has potential, but decision-making centralised in US and hesitation in product innovation is holding eBay back.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Sydney
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Sydney

    I have been working at eBay Inc.

    Pros

    Actually quite fun work environment, people were good to work with and helpful.

    Cons

    Too centralised with many major decisions / bottlenecks having to come from US headquarters. Also not bold enough on innovation, and no visible technology leader - plenty of consultant / powerpoint types.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be bolder with technology innovation - and innovation means going beyond just changing the layout of our search results page....

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    *If you are considering applying for eBay Customer Service, read this first.

    Current Employee - Customer Service M2M Appeals Team in Draper, UT (US)
    Current Employee - Customer Service M2M Appeals Team in Draper, UT (US)

    I have been working at eBay Inc. full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working for eBay the 1st time around: Was a customer service agent on the Buy/Sell team. It was overall a great job!

    Cons

    Coming back to eBay after leaving to try out a career change: Hired for M2M APPEALS team. *Worst Job I have ever had* Experience: Customers wait around an hour to speak with you because of high turnover. The majority of the time you then have to tell the already angry customer bad news. Example: eBay made me take a return on a $300 item and the buyer sent me back a box full of rocks! (You then explain "this is the cost of doing business, we cant prove this is the case", the seller is now out the money and item). *Transferring Teams: You will not be able to change departments unless the wait time is handled. It has been up to an hour or so wait to call in for almost a year. Even with a posting for my old job open, Im not allowed to apply. *Pay: This team currently starts off at the same pay as the other departments I worked in even though it is a Much harder job by far.

    Conclusion: Do not accept a job in the M2M Escalations or Appeals departments, unless you are ready to have hundreds of very upset callers in queue for you. If you love telling people "no" this is the job for you. EBAY OVERALL: Awesome company; my first two positions there were absolutely great. Just wait till something outside of M2M is hiring and you will love the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management Ive worked with is doing the best they can, but management higher up should consider that the M2M team is basically the dumping ground for the rough calls and that turnover will stay an issue until some of the rough calls are split up between departments. Maybe even give examples of the exact types of calls you'll be dealing with before getting hired. (My managers personally have been awesome people that are doing their best in a very tough department.)

  6.  

    I have been working at eBay Inc.

    Pros

    First reason is the brand name you get , secondly you are getting equally good compensation and the last but not the least , the work satisfaction .

    Cons

    I don't have any cons to report .

  7.  

    A good place to stay if you have an awesome project

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at eBay Inc. full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Big eCommerce offers you deep understand on millions of users and get a chance to do experiment on user design. A good learning from different domain and cross functional work with different team.

    Cons

    Too many layers; project not moving on fast enough; too many people who talk but not work; always re-org

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Why everything is tie to GMV? Don't you think build right product can strengthen the public confidence and return with stock increase?

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at eBay Inc.

    Pros

    Work life balance
    Competitive compensation
    Value for employees

    Cons

    Constant changes to org structure

  9.  

    Great company, be prepared to bring your A game.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at eBay Inc. full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    It's a great company full of talented people. The entire org is changing right now and there is a lot of enthusiasm among (new) leaders. Chief Product Officer, CEO-designate, head of design. Great stuff and HUGE assets that haven't been leveraged nearly as much as they should.

    Cons

    Management does not like being questioned too much. The plan is the plan as far as they are concerned and they seem to also not be ok with bad news. Or failure. It happens, and it shouldn't be something people need to be ashamed of. Also there is a culture of needing to be gray-haired to hold VP title.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the young people on the team. Let them build what they want. Stop planning a year out. Move fast and break things. You don't need more oversight, you need as little oversight as possible until it's ready to go live. Younger teams at startups are building products that kick our butts. Why not try letting a team like that work autonomously?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Overall great place to work!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Jose, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Jose, CA (US)

    I have been working at eBay Inc. full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Upward mobility, flexible schedules, supportive management.

    Cons

    Does not have all perks of some other internet companies like free food. Facilities are ok.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Member of Technical Staff

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff I Software Engineer in San Jose, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff I Software Engineer in San Jose, CA (US)

    I have been working at eBay Inc.

    Pros

    Great work atmosphere and lot of scope for innovation, if you are willing to think out of the box sky is the limit

    Cons

    Improve cafeteria and other facilities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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