PayPal Reviews

Updated April 19, 2015
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  1. Technology Company but started hiring non technical dumbos.

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

    I worked at PayPal

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    New Talent, Fresh Ideas , Technically competent, Good perks

    Cons

    Many Non-Technical people are hired in last few months who are no value addition . there are too many Program and Product managers who are just overhead and add to the middle management bureacracy

    Advice to Management

    Maintain a minimum technical standard for hiring new employees especially product and program managers who just talk jargon and gibberish . Take a 6 figure salary and give 0 value addition to the companies. If we need real good Product managers then we need to hire them from TOP SCHOOLS not from low quality Indian consulting companies and at least not with Liberal Arts background .

  2. Helpful (4)

    Was once a great company but now is nothing but turf wars and inconsistent leadership and vision

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at PayPal full-time (more than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    People for the most part are talented and passionate about what they do. Nice amenities (gym, cafes, coffee bar, free sodas), flexibility in work hours, working from home.

    Cons

    Years ago Paypal had great vision but now is floundering and trying to be "a bank but not a bank". It makes my heart hurt to think about what the company once was and what it has become. VPs are more concerned with managing up and getting face time with the C-level than with managing their businesses and ensuring their teams can be successful. Leadership is inconsistent--constant changes of opinion, of approaches, inconsistency between words and action. People who are glorified sales reps are put in positions of running large businesses that are now floundering. Lack of people development; difficult to get promoted. Negative politics, turf wars and kingdom building run rampant. Have to be a a "yes man" to be successful; can't voice opposing points of view without repercussions. Values and behaviors look good on paper but few people exhibit these. Compensation is low, and often unfair--women on my team made less than the men, directs made more than their directors and VP management doesn't care. I once was a huge advocate for getting people to work here, but at this point the company is off the path to success and instead is becoming a "me too" company--following the likes of Apple, Google, Square instead of leading.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house at VP level--that is where there are redundancies.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Disgusted and shocked that people act this way, how could a company like PayPal function like this and see revenue.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - User Experience Designer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - User Experience Designer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at PayPal full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Higher then normal salaries because they need to bribe people to work there. You can leave when you want, nothing holds you back from leaving early, except your 27 meeting a day. You get to do some free traveling on the company dime, and you can expense anything even strippers. You might find some good dudes in the weeds, but that's about it.

    Cons

    You will get no time off, horrible vacation policy. You have to work with a bunch of people that think they are amazing, too many egos. The food sucks its all chemically processed food that comes in plastic bags, even the vegetables. You will sit in 27 meetings a day listening to people argue about features or process because everyone knows everything and nobody can be wrong. It really is a bunch of smart people doing nothing, they love to hear their own voice, its a sad story.

    Advice to Management

    Quit now and salvage your career someplace else.

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  5. overall a great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    great work/life balance. competitive salary and a 4 week sabbatical after 5 years of service!

    Cons

    corporate strategic direction can sometimes be sidetracked

    Advice to Management

    stronger, clearer vision for the company

  6. Product Analytics

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    You will work with a lot of great people.

    Cons

    There seems to be a lack of process in proper data collection. Data Warehouse design is not optimal and is EXTREMELY difficult to mine data. There are too many processes that you have to follow in order to get access to data. If you are in data/analytics, this is not the company for you.

    Advice to Management

    Become a true data driven organization and do a complete overhaul on data management and analytics.

  7. PayPal

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at PayPal full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Secure payments. Grand vision. People are helpful. Good work life balance. There is plenty of work to be done and plenty of learning opportunities. You will not be bored.

    Cons

    Difficulty getting things done in the org structure. New leadership will make org changes to streamline work processes.

    Advice to Management

    Make thoughtful but infrequent org changes. Too many org changes hamper productivity.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Really on the edge of something...

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

    I have been working at PayPal

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Payment is becoming a really hot space
    - New CEO (Dan Schulman) has incredible vision for really becoming the customer champion
    - Paypal is spinning off into a public company, and the potential for the company is huge

    Cons

    - Matrixed organization
    - Big tech company, things can move slowly at times if you don't know how to push back

  9. Not Great

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Silicon Valley, Good Network,
    Five Words

    Cons

    Slow in getting things done
    too much politics
    not enough diversity

  10. Helpful (1)

    Fat Cat

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Director in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Director in San Jose, CA

    I worked at PayPal

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The Senior Management at Paypal don't have a clue how to run technology or innovate. They just keep milking their cow and feeding the fat cat. Lower ranking jobs can be protected from the storm at the top, but there is always a maelstrom going on at the top.

    Cons

    management is horrible on every level

    Advice to Management

    fire yourself

  11. Fantastic opportunity lies ahead

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at PayPal full-time (more than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    What I love about PayPal is the ability to move laterally and learn new areas. That is an often under-estimated opportunity to grow. Also, the new president has already established a strong vision for the future that is very exciting.

    Cons

    PayPal has a lingering culture of slow decision making. Its improving but there are still too many people involved in making decisions and a lack of clarity regarding who has the right to make a decision.

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