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Dysfunctional culture

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Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Austin, TX
Current Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX

I have been working at PayPal full-time for more than 5 years

Pros

Good benefits, stock has been good performer so ESPP/RSU is valuable. Flexible schedule. Can work from home when needed.

Cons

Management only focused on favorites. Easy to get overlooked. Meeting-happy culture wastes lots of time. Internal transfers seem to be discouraged. Heavy process around almost any activity. No effort to develop team spirit or culture. Most managers and employees' main focus is making sure they come out looking good, even at the expense of others.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Learn how to recognize, encourage and reward talent and contributions that don't emanate from sycophants.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Other Reviews for PayPal

  1.  

    Good Benefits but lot of team politics

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    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff I, Database Engineering
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff I, Database Engineering

    I have been working at PayPal full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Large DWH; Huge Data to work with; You get to work with big players of the industry

    Cons

    Work Culture is bad; Lot of team politics; No recognition for technologists unless you can spend time and market yourselves

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    A company given an incredible headstart, but running blind lead by non-innovators

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PayPal

    Pros

    Decent pay is about the only good thing.

    Cons

    The company has extremely poor leadership. They have no idea how to structure the organization. There's re-orgs every 6 months, effectively crippling productivity and ruining promotion cycles as everyone has new management they report to. Development is dead slow. Releases are on a MONTHLY release cycle. Dev teams are mainly offshore, QA teams never do a thorough job, there's no way to rollback changes so whenever a bug is found it takes weeks to solve and then a month before a fix is deployed. Pet projects that are complete duds that not only are not innovative, they lose money, offer poor user experience, all the while taking resources away from critical projects that support the company's bottom line. Then there's this concept of "moratorium" during November and December because PayPal lacks the technical infrastructure to fix any problems so they just shutdown all development during the holidays. Promotions also result in very small pay bumps.

    There's also no form of open dialog with management. All hands meetings are a staged production akin to a sitcom with even fake applauses!

    Growth has slowed down for the past few years and yet none of the executives do anything to drive initiatives that inspire change that creates innovation. You walk around office floors and you can see how DEAD the culture feels. No one is eager to go to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All of you quit and let real innovators and thought leaders take charge of PayPal or bring back the original PayPal mafia team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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