PayPal - Good Business Model, Challenging (in a bad way) Technical Environment | Glassdoor
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"Good Business Model, Challenging (in a bad way) Technical Environment"

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Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

The company is very successful, and as a result can afford to compensate employees very well. In San Jose, the amenities are also very nice (on site gym, nice cafeteria, and a lot of social activities during and after work hours), and employees are encouraged to take advantage of them.

The talent level of the software team is very high. Working with team members and other teams is an enjoyable experience.

Cons

Unlike many internet companies PayPal is driven by a precise business model (payments) as opposed to technology. This has led to the company's success in becoming the dominant online payment system. The downside to this is that much of the technical decisions and execution were done in haste in order to bring features to market quickly. Also, the nature of payments requires a high degree of coupling between the various components. Because of this the code and systems put in place sometimes makes it a difficult environment to work in.

Advice to Management

Management should focus on internal systems so that the product can continue to scale to meet the growing demand for online and mobile payments. If they succeed in doing so during this critical period, PayPal will become one of the dominant companies of the 21st Century.

Other Employee Reviews for PayPal

  1. "Great culture, terrible process"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Web Developer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Web Developer in San Jose, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Management cares about the people under them and the company cares about the people it hires. Work/life balance is supported, trust among peers is evident. Camaraderie, friendship, company culture make the days go by easy.

    Cons

    Legacy code-base makes innovation difficult. Projects have more overhead than production. Organization structure discourages teamwork. Very rare to work on a project your proud of.

    Advice to Management

    Focusing on dollars is important for company stability but focusing on innovation and perception of technical merit is important for long-term growth.


  2. "Avoid it if you can"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Good pay/benefits (thanks to Ebay)
    - Smart technical people who always help each other out
    - You will never forget that you should first check out a company at Glassdoor.com

    Cons

    - Coercion is the order of the day
    - People who have been with the company from the early days really obstruct progress
    - Too much process

    Advice to Management

    - Be respectful to your techies
    - Do not assume that throwing people at a problem is going to "scale"

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