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Great experience, mediocre system, and poor development environment

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Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

I worked at PayPal full-time (more than 5 years)

Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Great company which is doing extremely well in the marketplace. In some groups, the code you touch affects the livelihood of millions of people. A great place to learn about payments and payments processing. Some really top notch engineers.

Cons

More than a few mediocre engineers just coasting. The code base is kind of a mess, although many efforts are being made to fix things. The development environment, building and testing, was a real mess when I was there, although I hear that things have gotten a bit better.

Advice to Management

Prioritize improving the development environment, reducing needless processes, and shortening the list of objectives and priorities.

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    Former Employee - Vice President of Global Design in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President of Global Design in San Jose, CA

    I worked at PayPal full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to make a difference how people communicate through commerce

    Cons

    Need to break through established corporate habits that are risk-avert

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on outstanding design expertise; make brand part of a holistic user experience.

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    Its a mess

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    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff I in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff I in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at PayPal full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good work life balance
    Nice facilities
    Some very smart people (but a lot of mediocre ppl as well)

    Cons

    It seems like there is a reorg always going on...
    Not an engineering company, neither a product company, its a business company...
    Engineers should not come here to enhance their skills...
    Too many mid level dev managers and project managers who dont understand anything at all and are not involved in anything, I am unsure what their job is...

    Advice to Management

    Increase transparency, put the company above themselves and stop with the ridiculous reorgs.
    Current management seems to get it but remains to be seen how well it is executed and hopefully that would be the end of the reorgs for a while...

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