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PayPal Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated November 18, 2014
Updated November 18, 2014
810 Reviews
3.4
810 Reviews
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Pros
  • PayPal gives you enough flexibility to ensure a happy work-life balance (in 102 reviews)

  • Interesting technical challenges and engaging work environment (in 39 reviews)


Cons
  • Culture to push yourself may lend itself to working longer hours and less work-life balance (in 44 reviews)

  • Lots of re-orgs, so never really sure who is responsible for what over the long term (in 32 reviews)

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  1.  

    A great company to work for. Always give you pressure to improve yourselve. Lots of training opportunities

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

    I worked at PayPal full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, great opportunities for promotion

    Cons

    office politics and redundent work

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Enormous opportunity but potential to be more focused

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

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

    Pros

    PayPal is truly the leading online global payments platform, and as such there is no shortage of interesting projects and great challenges to work on. This also attracts a fair share of smart and interesting people. Also, a lot of positive changes in the David Marcus and Dan Schulman era, with the company becoming more innovative, customer focused and agile.

    Cons

    The downside of the large opportunity is lack of focus. The company is always pursuing one shiny object or another and in recent years took its eyes off the ball a bit in terms of the core business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stronger focus on core business. Continue push to be more customer centric and product driven.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good place to work at

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

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

    Pros

    Big company and resourceful, stable work enviroment

    Cons

    Move slow and too many teams

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More innovation

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Decent Company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mobile Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Mobile Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at PayPal full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Extremely smart people in the mobile teams, learn something new and cutting edge everyday.

    Cons

    Lot of old legacy code and bad engineers bring the rest of the bright people in the company down

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set the bar higher when highering new talent. Get rid of old/support teams.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Getting too big, too siloed...

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

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

    Pros

    Some really truly great people to work with.

    Cons

    Competition within the same team to handle the same piece of work has created tension. Groups operate in silos far too often and there's a ton of politics to deal with.

    Lack of concise direction from executive level - they preach one thing, or get on you for not having built something, then turn around and cut resources/funding for that same thing they were claiming was a priority. Be consistent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Software Engineer 2

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at PayPal full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Work place resources, Friendly HRs, Cool CEO.

    Cons

    Management is not what I had expected, and they don't know what to do with the college grads they hire and assign crappy work. Pretty much same with every guy they've hired. The technology being used is age old compared to the other companies. If you want to learn anything other than business domain, then you should probably choose some other offer. But I believe that the trend might change in a few years as they're hiring more and more young people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company with a great culture.

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

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary and benefits, personal development opportunities, strong management, strong culture to find better ways to do things, and strong company values

    Cons

    Recent developments with company direction has added uncertainty and unneeded distraction. Culture to push yourself may lend itself to working longer hours and less work-life balance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Challenging, Face paced environment

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in San Jose, CA

    I worked at PayPal full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There's a lot of opportunity to branch out and learn. It's a 'never-get-bored" environment where there's always something to get involved in -- even it it's outside your job scope. If you decide to explore other careers, there are options to do so.

    Cons

    Life work balance isn't that easy.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work!

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

    I have been working at PayPal full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    It's a very focussed company. You get a lot opportunities to learn from a good crop of engineers around you. There is a strong emphasis on getting people what they need to be able to advance in their careers. All in all a very good work environment.

    Cons

    A tab bit difficult to maintain work life balance. There seems to a shortage of equipment (laptops/montiors etc) and sometimes they give out refurbished stuff to new hires. IT dept. is not that great.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Relaxed working environment (internship).

    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in San Jose, CA

    I worked at PayPal as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The working culture and environment is pretty relaxed and had a decent amount of intern activities to participate in. Everyone was very friendly and will help you out if you need it.

    Cons

    Worked in a newly formed team, so we did not have too much organization and structure.

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