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2 people found this helpful  

Really eye-opening to see how a large dot com can operate.

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Current Employee - Manager, Software Development  in  San Jose, CA
Current Employee - Manager, Software Development in San Jose, CA

I have been working at PayPal

Pros

Everyone should work for a least one big dot com in their career, and PayPal is a great one.

Cons

A lot of management layers.

Recommends
Approves of CEO

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Challenging, but not worth it in the end.

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    Former Employee - Senior QA Engineer  in  Scottsdale, AZ
    Former Employee - Senior QA Engineer in Scottsdale, AZ

    I worked at PayPal

    Pros

    - Learned alot, so many changes and different technologies brought in, had to learn or sink
    - Allowed telecommuting, very flexible with hours as long as you are available when they need you and you meet your deadlines
    - Nice offices and equipment
    - free breakfast foods, and starbucks coffee
    - Decent benefits and compensation
    - Meet some good smart people
    - paid month long sabbaticals after 4 years, if you can make it that long

    Cons

    - Lack of finding a solid process and sticking to it. Never seen a company that loves to make so many changes to their processes that only a few people might have an idea how it works, and then chastise anyone who doesn't follow it. It should be a clue when 90% of the people are having problems figuring out what they need to fill out, request, send in etc every release!

    - Need better managers that are more technical and understand their depts, most are just Yes folks for their managers, they act like they are really concerned and then do nothing.

    - Better communications between depts. Teams working on the same project, are very detached and very hard to get them to work with you in a timely manner.

    - Horrible training process, very fragmented and incomplete. They like to throw a new guy on a project and give them little or no support because they need a body to put on it.

    - If your manager is from India and you are American, your chances for promotion are little to none if you aren't from India and their are other folks from India on your team as well. No matter how well you perform. Also, I found out from India co workers, if you are not from the same area in India they are, you wont get a promotion from them as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - India is not the answer to everything, and you get what you pay for and quality is not one of the things you are getting.

    - If you are going to have other offices outside of the main one, need to improve communication and not treat them as step children. They are people too and are supposed to be part of your TEAM.

    - Don't ask for something you don't allow your people to make the necessary changes to achieve it and then wonder why your product quality is suffering.

    - Constant management re-orgs don't solve the problems, hiring good competent managers does.

    - Be concerned when you lose whole depts every 4 years, so interesting that its right around the time stocks fully vest and sabbaticals come up, especially since no one is getting rich off of those options.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    It started out great in and in 2011 was the worst place to work ever

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    Current Employee - Limitations/Disputes Specialist  in  Lavista, NE
    Current Employee - Limitations/Disputes Specialist in Lavista, NE

    I have been working at PayPal

    Pros

    benefits
    pay was better than most companies
    nice campus
    free drinks
    nice co-workers

    Cons

    terrible management
    performance review process a joke
    no opportunity for advancement or pay raises
    multiple manager turnovers

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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