PayPal
3.3 of 5 626 reviews
www.paypal.com San Jose, CA 5000+ Employees

PayPal Reviews

Updated Apr 14, 2014
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3.3 626 reviews

                             

83% Approve of the CEO

PayPal President David Marcus

David Marcus

(259 ratings)

63% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "most managers try to make sure you maintain a good work/life balance"
    in 70 reviews
  • "good cafeterias, attractive work environment"
    in 29 reviews
Cons:
  • "Often shuffling in management - not great with work-life balance"
    in 31 reviews
  • "Frequent re-org and recent management decisions impacts the employees"
    in 24 reviews
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Great software experience

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Boston, MA

I worked at PayPal

ProsWorked in the Boston office and met a lot of great people. The Boston office used to be Where, Inc., so it retains a lot of the culture of a startup but you still have access to the resources of the larger corporation.

ConsAt times a lot of work and very hectic, but that's the nature of working in software. Sometimes difficult to reconcile the executive corporate side of the company with the culture of the Boston office.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Program Coordinator (Current Employee)
Hunt Valley, MD

I have been working at PayPal as an intern for less than a year

ProsCoolest job anyone could have ever had. First day at work: beer and party. Was told that a few projected were closed and it was time to celebrate. Fair enough. On-job-training saves me tuition for master's degree. Hell yeah. Relaxing working environment and colleagues. Thumbs up.

ConsDaily commute is a biatch.

Advice to Senior ManagementFull-time offers for interns please.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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So far, sooo good!

MTS1 Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Austin, TX

I have been working at PayPal full-time for less than a year

ProsThey treat their engineers really well! Lot's of freedom, lot's of benefits, good pay, great culture. PayPal fits well within Austin's vibe. Highly recommended!

ConsThere's a LOT of tech debt coming in. Very steep learning curve, and they expect a lot, quickly. But, if you like a fast pace, exciting environment, it's fine.

Advice to Senior ManagementWould like a bit more in-person training with the new tools and tech.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Getting better as a technology company

User Interface Designer (Current Employee)
San Jose, CA

I have been working at PayPal full-time for more than a year

ProsGreat work culture.
Looking to innovate.
Moving to new technology stack

ConsOld technology stack
Many systems across the company sometimes tough to find who is doing what

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great company to work for, hit or miss management

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at PayPal full-time for more than 3 years

ProsFlexible work environment, Great benefits, very good growth opportunities, good people around to work with. You can get pretty much everything you need to be productive.

ConsGreat promotion opportunities for developers but not so many in PMO. Management is very political will work against you if you are being perceived on the wrong side.

Lots of money is mismanaged and spent on offsites/travel. More than 50% of the travel can be easily cut. Headcounts are reduced in last quarters to save money which was overspent in first 3 quarters.

Advice to Senior ManagementStop mismanaging money. Grand off-sites are just to satisfy your ego and can be done less frequently.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great Place to work

Senior Manager (Former Employee)
San Jose, CA

I worked at PayPal full-time for more than 8 years

ProsGreat value system. Great leadership of John Donahue and David Marcus.

ConsIt is possible to move laterally but that may hinder your upward promotion.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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I enjoyed my experience for the most part.

Software Engineer (Current Employee)
San Jose, CA

I have been working at PayPal full-time for more than a year

ProsExposure to latest technology and your chance to speak up

ConsPersonal growth can take a hit!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Amazing experience

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at PayPal

ProsPayPal has an incredibly Involved community and is very hands on with their learning. I grew a lot a business professional at my time there.

ConsLike any job it could be very stressful. People hand there stress well, but it can be undeniably tense at times.

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Very good place to work

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at PayPal

Pros11 paid holidays and 17 days of PTO to start.

ConsPhone calls with difficult customers.

Advice to Senior ManagementPay more.

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Could be a great place to work.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsInformal. Good work/life balance. Met good people. Good benefits.

ConsThey make things/processes extremly complicated. Bad leadership. Impossible to grow and develop. Competition takes the best out of people. If you are bullied, you better quit. All the core values which look so good on paper are NEVER put into practice. This company can break you down unless you play their game. It is really sad because there are very good and extremely smart people.

Advice to Senior ManagementMost managers/supervisors have no people skills and oppress their team so they can stay on top and climb the ladder of power even more. HR is completely on the side of any manager who chooses to fire or write up someone simple because they don't like them. People are helpless. Leadership should test and monitor their managers and make sure they are qualified to manage PEOPLE, not to just bring good numbers at the end of Q4.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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