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"Really eye-opening to see how a large dot com can operate."

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Current Employee - Manager, Software Development in San Jose, CA
Current Employee - Manager, Software Development in San Jose, CA
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Approves of CEO

Pros

Everyone should work for a least one big dot com in their career, and PayPal is a great one.

Cons

A lot of management layers.

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Exciting, and frustrating"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in San Jose, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting projects, challenging environment.
    It's always possible to improve processes
    Not much dead wood - people are sharp
    Clear procedures to follow to get things done
    Kids at work day is GREAT!
    Nice facilities
    Free on-campus fitness center - great yoga classes

    Cons

    It takes a lot of effort to get buy-in for non-standard process
    Management doesn't promote from within
    Lots of competition for promotion because everyone is well-qualified
    Too much process
    Cumbersome to get things done with their structure
    Contractors are given limited privileges

    Advice to Management

    Look at the people you've got! You don't need to keep parachuting in new talent. It discourages those who have been working hard and hoping for a promotion.


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Challenging, but not worth it in the end."

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    Former Employee - Senior QA Engineer in Scottsdale, AZ
    Former Employee - Senior QA Engineer in Scottsdale, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Learned alot, so many changes and different technologies brought in, had to learn or sink
    - Allowed telecommuting, very flexible with hours as long as you are available when they need you and you meet your deadlines
    - Nice offices and equipment
    - free breakfast foods, and starbucks coffee
    - Decent benefits and compensation
    - Meet some good smart people
    - paid month long sabbaticals after 4 years, if you can make it that long

    Cons

    - Lack of finding a solid process and sticking to it. Never seen a company that loves to make so many changes to their processes that only a few people might have an idea how it works, and then chastise anyone who doesn't follow it. It should be a clue when 90% of the people are having problems figuring out what they need to fill out, request, send in etc every release!

    - Need better managers that are more technical and understand their depts, most are just Yes folks for their managers, they act like they are really concerned and then do nothing.

    - Better communications between depts. Teams working on the same project, are very detached and very hard to get them to work with you in a timely manner.

    - Horrible training process, very fragmented and incomplete. They like to throw a new guy on a project and give them little or no support because they need a body to put on it.

    - If your manager is from India and you are American, your chances for promotion are little to none if you aren't from India and their are other folks from India on your team as well. No matter how well you perform. Also, I found out from India co workers, if you are not from the same area in India they are, you wont get a promotion from them as well.

    Advice to Management

    - India is not the answer to everything, and you get what you pay for and quality is not one of the things you are getting.

    - If you are going to have other offices outside of the main one, need to improve communication and not treat them as step children. They are people too and are supposed to be part of your TEAM.

    - Don't ask for something you don't allow your people to make the necessary changes to achieve it and then wonder why your product quality is suffering.

    - Constant management re-orgs don't solve the problems, hiring good competent managers does.

    - Be concerned when you lose whole depts every 4 years, so interesting that its right around the time stocks fully vest and sabbaticals come up, especially since no one is getting rich off of those options.

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