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Overstock.com Reviews

Updated 8 November 2018
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Overstock.com CEO Patrick M. Byrne
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Pros
  • "Great work life balance and good benefits" (in 73 reviews)

  • "Great environment with great people" (in 41 reviews)

Cons
  • "Nepotism from the upper management in every department" (in 65 reviews)

  • "Little to no work life balance up to 70 hour weeks in Q4" (in 19 reviews)

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  1. "Got to work learn log of new things"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    1. updated techonongy
    2. good team culture
    3. flexible timing
    4. reading groups

    Cons

    1. not good bonus
    2. mismanagement of marketing


  2. "Great Company with a Social Conscious"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Overstock.com (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Great Co-workers
    - Great environment to learn your craft
    - Good benefits
    - Opportunity to move into other departments and learn new trades
    - The Company cares about giving back to the community

    Cons

    I don't want to state any cons because I believe that there are cons any place you work. Any con that I have is based on personal bias and may not give you the answers you are looking for and what you need to know to decide.

    Advice to Management

    There seems to be a lot of people leaving the company. I would figure out why.

  3. Helpful (10)

    "Lacks Honesty"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Midvale, UT (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Midvale, UT (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Overstock.com full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice Office
    Work from Home
    Company Events

    Cons

    Lacks Honesty. Many people just pretend to work as words works better than work. People get promoted as they talk big and sell dreams and nobody cares for actual work. Everyone is trying to oversell themselves. Not sure if Politics and Nepotism has lead to this but it's not a good place to work if you are not vocal and can't sell yourself well.


  4. "Senior Software Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Overstock.com full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great work life balance and good benefits

    Cons

    No cons as such. This company has a very conducive working environment


  5. Helpful (7)

    "Almost good"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager
    Current Employee - Product Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Overstock.com full-time

    Pros

    A lot of smart co-workers and cool tech.
    Consistent revenue based on brand awareness
    Lots of onsite benefits that are almost amazing (onsite doctor, day care, cafe, etc.) (almost = nothing is free)

    Cons

    Shifting priorities are rapid and chaotic... It's common for 2 or 3 teams to be working on similar problems at the same time.
    Retail doesn't feel like the priority.
    Company politics are dramatic... think Game of Thrones.
    A lot of people pretending to work.
    Limited support in ramping staff up.

    Advice to Management

    The company has fired leadership that was respected and has promoted a lot of people that value politics over product. Employees thrive when passion meets stability. Find a way to encourage those two elements.


  6. Helpful (14)

    "Meetings and Chaos"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Front End Developer in Salt Lake City, UT (US)
    Current Employee - Front End Developer in Salt Lake City, UT (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Overstock.com full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Awesome gym
    Cool greenhouse that grows some of the food for the cafeteria
    Monthly events with beer and snacks during lunch hours
    Some smart people to work with
    Lot of room for improvement and opportunity

    Cons

    There has been a major change in leadership recently, and the result have been very chaotic. Lots of moving and sharing of leadership resources has left teams in a difficult position. Image being on a ship with no captain, and trying to figure out where the ship is headed. Then, when the ship is pointed in the right direction, a captain comes along, reorients the ship, and then leaves. This can make it difficult for the crew to help get the ship where it needs to go.

    Recently there have been bi-weekly hour-long, mandatory, "customer love" meetings, which includes all of the developers at overstock. There seems to be little of value that comes out of these meetings, and at their worst have been 30+ minutes of talking about leaderships recent promotions.

    As an organization, Overstock has been very meeting heavy lately. This has increased greatly since the shift in leadership. There is little cost associated with the number of attendees, and what they could be achieving if they were enabled to work.

    There is also prevalence of excessive and inefficient communication.

    The result of all of this is that as a developer you'll be spending less than 50% of your time coding, and the rest of the time trying to cope with your surroundings.

    Also, a lot of the senior development staff has recently been poached by T-Zero and Medici, two other branches under Overstock's ownership. This has had a serious effect on the morale of some throughout the organization. It's not great feeling like you didn't get picked for the cool-kid club.

    Advice to Management

    Streamline communication. Less is much more. Consider banning people from emailing entire teams.

    Funnel cross team collaboration and communication through management, and present your team members with clear, well thought out direction.

    Put a cost on your meetings. Then minimize them. If we save paperclips, we should save our developers time.

    Invest in teaching your managers to manage a queue of work. If you give your developers with a queue of well designed specs, and allowed them to grab work from that queue, you might be shocked at how much communication overhead could be saved.

    A lot of the biggest issues seem to all be related to encouraging management to do more with less. Invest in your managers, teach them to own their products, and the queue of work that goes along with it.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great e-commerce company close to Utah recreation"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Overstock.com full-time

    Pros

    Great building and facilities, large e-commerce close to Utah recreation, opportunity to work on things that can make a change, not just be a cog

    Cons

    A lot of change, a lot

  8. "Love my job!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Overstock.com full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very flexible in the department I work in, the activities the company puts on are fun and engaging, lots of things to do around the company campus. Fairly central location, and the CEO is one of the coolest people to talk to. He's led the most incredible life, and he's one of the smartest most intelligent people I've ever met. Not often you have a CEO who engages with employees like he does.

    Cons

    Some of the management like my own senior management I've met a couple of times. My direct manager that I report to is all I probably need to talk to. Some re-organization changes recently made kind of made it unclear as to what department my team belongs to. So, there was that confusion, and for the most part my team is ignored by the department.

    Advice to Management

    More interaction, and involvement with individual teams I think would be helpful. Communication is getting better, but there are still some areas to be ironed out.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Pros and Cons"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Overstock.com full-time

    Pros

    Job Growth, Life Work Balance,

    Cons

    Favoritism among senior leaders, low job growth unless the executive likes you based upon personality and not merit

    Advice to Management

    Promote based upon skill and not based upon how well you like the person or how comfortable you are working with that person


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Buyer"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Overstock.com full-time

    Pros

    None. Shady company. They don’t care about you if your not in management

    Cons

    No skills Management. Super super polictial. They let me go two days before Christmas with no reason. Shady company


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