Women's Job Satisfaction
and equally to men
to other women
It is a great shame to have seen the departure of great women Product and Technology leaders from eBay in recent years. In spite of the company insisting it supports female careers, the numbers speak for themselves. There are no women on the CTO staff for the Core Product development team and only 1 woman leader on the leadership team of the New Product development group - and this in spite of great talent that was nurtured in the org through previous Executive regimes. It is no surprise then that eBay's company performance has dipped in recent years. Promotion practices are arbitrary and favor those who self-promote and shout loudest. Women are penalized for displaying the same behaviors as men. And so it's male-dominated executive staff have indexed toward solving for "customers like me" - in spite of the fact that the new global consumer is female. So it has a dwindling customer base that skews male in a market where the biggest spenders are women. For early and mid-stage career professionals, eBay pays well and has better maternity policies than most American companies - although in reality they have only just brought themselves inline with Google and Facebook to remain a competitive employer in Silicon Valley. Flexibility is very manager-dependent.
Mid to upper management is male dominated, and so as a woman, you have to make sure you get in good politically. Women tend to be judged a bit harder than men, and more so, mothers are judged more. The maternity leave was mediocre. 6 weeks paid at a percentage of your salary for a natural birth and 8 weeks paid for a C-Section. The rest of maternity leave is unpaid. There is limited to no flexibility when you return to the work force. Despite my role being completely online with clients out of state, and most of team sitting in another office (also out of state), my boss wanted me in office. I would sit there being less productive than I would have been at home, because as a first time parent, I worried about my daughter and also found it extremely stressful to find time to pump milk at work. There was only one mother's pumping room in our office and 4 women that needed it. Therefore, we'd all try to rush in or secure time to privately pump. There is a greater need to accommodate mothers, particularly mothers of newborns.
I get to work on projects that I really enjoy. However great people seem to be leaving the company faster than great people get hired. On my org - perhaps less than in others- a man's opinion seems to count for more than a woman's of equal credibility and rank. It seems I've seen this happen more often than not that Women have to work harder and prove their points when men can make the same points and be believed with little or no proof. However the company as a whole is aware if the inherent unconscious bias and is making efforts to abate it.
Crowdsourced Employer Benefits
How do women feel about working at eBay Inc.? 23% think they are treated fairly and equally to men. 38% would recommend eBay Inc. to other women, and women have a job satisfaction rating of 3.3 out of 5. What are the benefits at eBay Inc.? eBay Inc. offers 24 weeks of paid maternity leave, 6 weeks of unpaid maternity leave, healthcare, flextime, 401-k matching. These benefits are based on tips anonymously submitted by eBay Inc. employees.
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