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Abebooks Reviews

Updated 14 August, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Challenging and interesting tech job"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Manager in Victoria, BC
    Current Employee - Software Development Manager in Victoria, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Abebooks full-time

    Pros

    - Talented engineering team
    - Fun events, relaxed atmosphere
    - Opportunity to contribute to book culture worldwide
    - Customer focused
    - Challenging tech problems to solve
    - Autonomy + Ownership
    - A lot of flexibility for work/life balance

    Cons

    - Some large policy-driven tech projects


  2. Helpful (1)

    "It's not what it could be."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -average pay, stock incentives make it a bit more attractive
    -some brilliant talented engineers
    -opportunity for business travel
    -fun corporate events

    Cons

    - brilliant talent in the world not utilized. no room for creativity when everyone is stuck trying to patch Legacy code or working on huge amazon policy requirements.

    -corproate culture is stressed and over competitive and there is less feeling of teamwork or team support now.

    -many bright team members have recently left with little incentive to stay.

    -as another reviewer said the lack of diversity in sr. roles is pretty shabby


  3. Helpful (1)

    "You are good as long as you don't shake the boat!!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Abebooks full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay.
    Leadership principles.
    Nice office with great view of the ocean and harbour.
    Great coffee shop nearby on the harbour.

    Cons

    You are all good as long as you don't try to shake the boat!! Let it run as it is, do not try to do something adventurous, nobody will bother you. As long as you start trying something new or challenge others to get their job done on time, you are out of this place in the name of "earn trust of the others".


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Where are the engineers?"

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    Current Employee - SDE2 in Victoria, BC
    Current Employee - SDE2 in Victoria, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Abebooks full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - High pay for Victoria.
    - You get to pretend like you work at Amazon on your resume.

    Cons

    - You have to go on-call and put your life on hold every few weeks.
    - No engineering culture to speak of. Everybody's too busy putting out fires. Or they're rushing features out the door to compensate for the shame of working on such terrible code.
    - 20 years of accumulated legacy code with no plan to deal with it.
    - New code is anything goes, whatever a coop or a junior engineer wants!
    - Managers are just going through the motions blindly. They carry on like nothing's wrong while the building is actually on fire.
    - The site looks second rate and has been moving forward at a snail's pace for the past 10 years. Look in the wayback machine.
    - Have a look at any of the HTML. People can't even be bothered making sure it's well formed. Now try using the site. You'll see all sorts of inconsistent web design styles from throughout the past 20 years. Now imagine what the code behind this must look like.
    - Pay starts high but quickly flattens out. You'll be stuck in a city with few other tech jobs.
    - Amazon leadership principles are the basis for a cult.

    Advice to Management

    Set your engineers to finding a way out of this mess and get to it already. What are you waiting for? Another 20 years of mind boggling slow feature development and an even uglier site?


  6. "Manager Level - Non Technical"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Abebooks full-time

    Pros

    Abebooks is a very professionally run organization with very structured HR policies. It offers good benefits, great office space, and a competitive salary.

    For someone who is ambitions, and willing to relocate, the career growth opportunities are endless as it's part of Amazon, and you can eventually apply to all of their job postings.

    Cons

    I found the goals and targets set by the senior management team often un-realistic given some the constraints on the company.

    Advice to Management

    Continue with all company meetings that maintain transparency in the company.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Positive culture, open-minded management team"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Victoria, BC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Victoria, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Abebooks full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Beautiful office overlooking the ocean
    Teams work together to support each other
    Focus on a positive work environment
    Opportunities to have fun and develop good relationships with coworkers
    Regular structured raises and reviews

    Cons

    Small company, so internal opportunities for growth and development, moving to other teams, etc, are very limited, even as part of Amazon.
    Focus on frugality and need-to-do, not always room for creativity or relaxation

    Advice to Management

    Continue to reward and develop the talent that you have as well as bringing in new candidates


  8. "Great work culture"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Victoria, BC
    Current Employee - Engineer in Victoria, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Abebooks full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Each employee can contribute in company grow
    Benefits
    Stocks
    Challenges
    Employees as a big family
    Snacks, fruits, and drinks
    Lots of team events
    Ocean View
    Parking
    Own library

    Cons

    Work week is too short:)

    Advice to Management

    Grow, grow and grow Abebooks business


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Disappointing for an Amazon company."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Victoria, BC
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Victoria, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Abebooks full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Stock grants for performance.
    Some room for improvement if your higher-up leaves.
    Relatively easy work balance.
    Not much else unfortunately.

    Cons

    90% coverage (recently reduced).
    Poor investment plans from investors group.
    Disappointing diversity. White males abound in management and senior management roles.

    Advice to Management

    Think of the pros and cons above.
    Company moves SUPER slow.


  10. Helpful (13)

    "A Mixed Bag"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Abebooks full-time

    Pros

    Great perks and benefits, great location, nice open-concept office space, lots of social events, good salary, nice people, flexible/good for people with families

    Cons

    I had heard a mix of things about the company from former employees before accepting the job, some positive (nice people, good place to develop new skills), some negative (high stress, high turnover, bad culture). I tried to start out with an open mind, but a few weeks in, I was surprised to see how accurate their accounts were. The pressure was on from Day 1, which led to learning a lot of new skills very quickly. Stress and turnover were indeed high and expectations were ill-defined and often unrealistic. Amazon culture was prevalent and being able to fall in line with the "Amazon way" seemed to be the key to succeeding. It was a sink-or-swim environment, and I definitely sank, but that's not to say that it wouldn't be a good fit for others.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Blends the best of Startup culture with big-company benefits"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Victoria, BC
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Victoria, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Abebooks full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    With a little over 100 employees in Victoria, AbeBooks feels like a small company. It's possible to know everyone in the office, and social events still involve the whole group. While Amazon does own AbeBooks, and there is clear influence on its culture, AbeBooks remains unique. In addition, having the backing of Amazon means that you have ready access to amazing amounts of talent, resources and ideas. Participating in weekly video-broadcasts with Principal engineers from Kindle, AWS, Machine-Learning, Security and all the other teams is an incredible benefit to help developers stay current. I've worked at multiple startups (both pre- and post-IPO) and AbeBooks has the best blend of startup and established culture I've seen.

    Cons

    On occasion, the relationship with Amazon can create legal and policy requirements that slow things down a bit. The open floor-plan of the office can be distracting. I think I am getting fat from donut-days.


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