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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Software Development Engineer co-op"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Abebooks

    Pros

    You'll be surrounded by some extremely intelligent people who really know what they're doing. These are world class people who will make you a better engineer.

    Cons

    Sometimes the work you do feels a little insignificant due to the sheer size of the application code.

    Abebooks2017-10-21
  2. "Good overall"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at Abebooks

      Pros

      good culture and well stocked kitchen

      Cons

      Not much of a tech atmosphere

      Abebooks2018-11-05
    • Helpful (1)

      "Challenging and interesting tech job"

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      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

      Abebooks2017-08-15
    • Helpful (6)

      "It's not what it could be."

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

      I have been working at Abebooks

      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...

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      Abebooks2017-07-19
    • Helpful (3)

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

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

      I worked at Abebooks full-time for more than 4 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".

      Abebooks2017-07-15
    • Helpful (6)

      "Where are the engineers?"

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

      I have been working at Abebooks full-time for more than 4 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...

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      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?

      Abebooks2017-05-09
    • Helpful (2)

      "Manager Level - Non Technical"

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      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.

      Abebooks2017-02-26
    • Helpful (2)

      "Positive culture, open-minded management team"

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

      I have been working at Abebooks full-time for more than 4 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

      Abebooks2016-07-16
    • "Great work culture"

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

      I have been working at Abebooks full-time for more 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

      Abebooks2016-07-11
    • Helpful (15)

      "A Mixed Bag"

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      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...

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      Abebooks2015-07-30
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