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Not challenging enough

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at PayPal

Pros

Not enough pressure
Freedom to do things the way you want
Decent compensation
Good fringe benefits

Cons

Technology is 10-years old. Management has realized that, but isn't making any progress. Management can't even do a reorg in a proper way leading to more waste of time and people. In short, not a good place to work and not challenging enough for high-caliber talent.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Please execute on your promises.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Improve Upper Management and Business Practice

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Many people are willing to do their best and accommodating.
    It is a beauty to see everyone marches in unison once the company-wide initiative and expectations are clearly communicated.
    PayPal encourages entrepreneurial culture, provides executive sponsorship for worthwhile ideas/prototypes, tries to attract technologists and attempts to compensate well.
    Executives express their appreciations to little guys in various ways including company wide meetings and corporate communications.
    There are SPOT awards to individuals and sometimes teams for going beyond their call of duty.
    PayPal celebrates a lot at both company and individual team levels.
    PayPal encourages employees to have a work-life balance and provides tools and resources.
    Some people make work place fun by hosting social events both alcoholic and non-alcoholic.
    There are communities withing PayPal with many helping hands.

    Cons

    Too much lip service and too few quality managers.
    Too many architects, directors and VPs.
    Many projects get started but do not really come to fruition or even road tested.
    Process heavy and agile practices/expectations misunderstood at many levels.
    Many leaders do not necessarily understand domains that they own beside how they can take advantage of it to move up/out to the next level.
    Some key leaders think that PayPal is quite bloated. Even then, whatever the work force that was trimmed in 2012 for PayPal to be lean and fast, the growth in Bangalore and Chennai seems to replace far beyond those numbers.
    Nepotism and selected consuls seem to exist. Some leaders force fit key roles with people from their previous companies regardless of qualifications.
    Some San Jose teams seem to be constantly catching up due to difficulties in getting requisitions approved while Bangalore and Chennai seem have problem filling up their requisitions, which no one really questions. Most San Jose folks treat the work-life balance as academics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    How many Architects, VPs, Directors, Chief of Staffs, etc. are really needed? Having one set per domain seems like an overkill on top of platform-specific and central architecture set.
    Hire quality over quantity/cost saving overseas.
    In an effort to up level technology, many hiring VPs become one dimensional with hiring the best coder for the first and second line managers instead of best rounded managers.
    Walk the walk.
    Be willing to road test a product early and make adjustments for it to be successful.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall Pretty Good!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Merchant Service Frontline Agent  in  Chandler, AZ
    Former Employee - Merchant Service Frontline Agent in Chandler, AZ

    I worked at PayPal full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Lots of chances for recognition
    -The people are genuine
    -For the size of the company, very personable
    -Great Benefits
    -$.25 Sodas
    -Free Fruit Fridays
    -Free Top of the line Gym
    -Clean

    Cons

    -Promotions are tough as 20-50 people will apply for 1 position
    -Very micromanaged
    -You become a number, someone they can replace
    -Extra hard work gets you a pat on the back

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management, please consider achievements when interviewing or looking at people for a promotion. There is a lot of YOUNG great talent their and they could contribute a TON. Don't overlook them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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