There’s trouble and dissent at eBay. And for once, I’m not talking about sellers. Wired points out that eBay’s CEO John Donahoe has been voted the twelfth least popular CEO on glassdoor.com, a site where employees can review their employers. JD’s approval rating stands at a dismal 28%, while comments about the company itself are hardly more positive:
“Horrible for engineers.”
“Too many talkers, not enough doers.”
“eBay attracts a lot of great people, then the company culture beats them down and they leave within a couple of years.”
“Ebay – the stuff Dilbert cartoons are made of.”
There are rumours that eBay are preparing to lay off up to 10% of their employees. Though a spokesperson for eBay said that the company “does not comment on rumors or speculation”, Brad Stone in the New York Times commented that the reports have “the ring of truth”, and cited another report from Deutsche Bank, which said that a decrease in employee numbers could help offset falling revenue from fee changes and flat sales.
Whether they’re true or not, the rumours can’t be helping morale in San Jose or in Richmond. Witness, for example, the conversation overheard by Dan on a train yesterday; sadly we only have one side of it:
– Didn’t you know I’m working for eBay now?
– Yeah, X months now.
– It’s fucked.
– Maybe a year ago. But it’s fucked now.
– Total lost cause.
– I’m a Senior Manager, XXXX . Yeah, dealing with XXX.
– They had me in for 13 interviews.
– Yeah. Fucking ridiculous.
– Fucking stupid.
– Haven’t got a clue.
– The Managing Director’s an idiot.