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Decent place to work - PayPal Veteran

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

I have been working at PayPal

Pros

- Good, friendly colleagues
- Projects are usually interesting
- Pays reasonably well, compared to market.
- Freedom to make tactical decisions

Cons

- Management positions can be very political.
- Like most other places, Sr. level promotions are handed to either favorites or those who patiently wait for their "turn". You might ask, how about competency? Go figure:-)
- Most Engineering Managers, Directors, and above, don't even understand the product they are managing. Don't look up to them for any technical guidance or even discuss some of the challenges.
- Software Development environment would probably be one of the worst in the industry.
- It's astonishing that the company of this size doesn't have good/mature process. Production roll out process is painfully bureaucratic and highly inefficient to say the least. They should seriously consider outsourcing the entire Release Management and Release Engineering.
- Some teams have super easy life and some work under constant intense pressure.
- Old timers are leaving company at a record rate. It's high time management should take action before it's too late.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

- Hire more "technical" leaders for Technology Leadership positions. Stop hiring "resource" managers.
- Maintain a running list of talented people with most influence/impact and use them strategically to transform the company into a more dynamic company. Otherwise, you will end up like eBay, when most managers/directors are just resource managers with fat paychecks.

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    By far the best place I have worked for to date !!!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Risk Analyst  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Lead Risk Analyst in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at PayPal

    Pros

    - Strong product and market leadership
    - Clear vision and goals
    - excellent project management and deliverables
    - employee benefits
    - Respect work-life balance (esp for working mothers)

    Cons

    - tends to get little aggressive at times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work!

    Recommends
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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Passed through bumpy ride of development, ridiculosis, rush 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

    Pros

    Good software development opportunity.
    Ability to lean new technologies.
    Frequent team outing and lunches
    Able to move to different team within organisation.
    Nice pay.

    Cons

    VERY VERY RUSH environment.

    Stages were broken and we were making stages work everyday to continue our work.

    Completely unmature development environment which needs to fix asap.

    Overall approach was to get work done in quantity and not quality.

    Some senior developers were behaving like they are managers and I had quite confusion who is
    my manager !!!

    One senor developer was shouting in the team meeting like we are working in some multi billion project in CIA !!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please have some stable environment and give the developers break.
    My manager's claim to fix stages did not happen in my lifetime.
    Dont just talk. Implement what you commit to company.
    Take the feedback from the people who are leaving and try to make your company better.

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