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September 14, 2008

eBay Layoffs?

Filed under: eBay — estreet @ 7:08 pm

Scot Wingo comments on the possible eBay layoffs on his blog. The layoff is speculation by investment research firm, Wedge Partners.

But Scot reveals some info details on where the 16,000 eBay employees work in his post. I recall in 2005 at eBay Live! they said there were 10,000 employees. So they grew by 60% even though the eBay platform has be flat for 3 years?

Personally, I think they have some fat to trim. At the eBay Dev Conf, there were numerous eBay and PayPal new employees asking if they could assist me. When I said “yes”, and stated the details of my question, they couldn’t understand my question nor direct me to someone who could answer my question.

I don’t think we would notice a thing should eBay make the cut.


  1. Well, I’ve had several occasions where it takes 3-6 weeks (or never) before I get a reply from eBay Customer Service, Trust & Safety, or ePN. Should there be mass layoffs, response delays could grow even longer.

    Comment by Jake — September 15, 2008 @ 1:20 pm | Reply

  2. Hi Jake,

    Longer than 3-6 weeks (or never) for a response?

    I think eBay’s efficiency would increase if they cut 10%. Communication would improve, less decision makers, etc…

    How is the Web2.0 Expo?


    Comment by estreet — September 15, 2008 @ 5:09 pm | Reply

  3. Good point. If they cut the fat… A leaner infrastructure might mean less head-butting, more streamlined efficiency, and an environment that much more dedicated to achieving end results for clients.

    Web 2.0 Expo… It’s a 4-5 day event. I just returned from my 1-day attendance to the expo hall. I’m a thrifty fellow, so no $3K outlay for attending speaking events, etc. The expo hall was good, full of energy and juicy tech chat…. eBay, being a premier sponsor, had its 360 degree booth right near the main entrance, so I had no trouble finding it… It was good to meet with some eBay Dev folks and see some faces behind the blog/forum posts. Revelation: they’re human too! 🙂 They seemed to attract lots of interest from developer-attendees and were perpetually busy chatting with passer-bys. I walked away with a raffle entry for a Wii and a generous 1GB eBay-embossed flash drive. The beer provided at the event is transient, but flash drives offer functionality for years to come. 😉

    Comment by Jake — September 17, 2008 @ 10:11 pm | Reply

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