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Good Business Model, Challenging (in a bad way) Technical Environment

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  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

Pros

The company is very successful, and as a result can afford to compensate employees very well. In San Jose, the amenities are also very nice (on site gym, nice cafeteria, and a lot of social activities during and after work hours), and employees are encouraged to take advantage of them.

The talent level of the software team is very high. Working with team members and other teams is an enjoyable experience.

Cons

Unlike many internet companies PayPal is driven by a precise business model (payments) as opposed to technology. This has led to the company's success in becoming the dominant online payment system. The downside to this is that much of the technical decisions and execution were done in haste in order to bring features to market quickly. Also, the nature of payments requires a high degree of coupling between the various components. Because of this the code and systems put in place sometimes makes it a difficult environment to work in.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Management should focus on internal systems so that the product can continue to scale to meet the growing demand for online and mobile payments. If they succeed in doing so during this critical period, PayPal will become one of the dominant companies of the 21st Century.

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Other reviews for PayPal

  1.  

    Great culture, terrible process

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Web Developer  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Web Developer in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    Management cares about the people under them and the company cares about the people it hires. Work/life balance is supported, trust among peers is evident. Camaraderie, friendship, company culture make the days go by easy.

    Cons

    Legacy code-base makes innovation difficult. Projects have more overhead than production. Organization structure discourages teamwork. Very rare to work on a project your proud of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focusing on dollars is important for company stability but focusing on innovation and perception of technical merit is important for long-term growth.

    Approves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Company succeeding in spite of itself

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    Good work/life balance
    Work for a leading player in the payments industry
    Work for a company that people are familiar with

    Cons

    Too many people at PayPal are working on the same things because senior managers are more concerned with building their empires and taking turf away from others than in the overall good of the company. People get promoted based on who they know and what they look like rather than their merits. PayPal does nothing to advance your career. Want to get promoted? Find a manager who likes how you suck up. Want to find a new role in the company? Do it yourself. There'll be little to no support from your management to find the right job for you. Want to get visibility? Sorry, not here. You feed your work to your manager so he/she can report it up and get visibility for themselves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The CEO needs to step up and manage his directs. How VPs can bicker amongst themselves and create groups that overlap with existing groups is mind boggling. CEO needs to spend more time working at PayPal rather than taking board seats at other companies. Too many VPs who have no real function. We're not a bank, but we sure act like one.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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