PayPal
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www.paypal.com San Jose, CA 5000+ Employees

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

Staff Software Engineer (Current Employee)
San Jose, CA

ProsThe 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.

ConsUnlike 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 Senior ManagementManagement 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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great culture, terrible process

    Senior Web Developer (Current Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    I have been working at PayPal


    Pros: Management cares about the people under them and the company cares about the people it hires. Work/life… Cons: Legacy code-base makes innovation difficult. Projects have more overhead than production. Organization… Advice to Senior Management: Focusing on dollars is important for company stability but focusing on… More
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    Avoid it if you can

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    I worked at PayPal


    Pros: - Good pay/benefits (thanks to Ebay) - Smart technical people who always help each other… Cons: - Coercion is the order of the day - People who have been… Advice to Senior Management: - Be respectful to your techies - Do not assume that… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More
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