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PayPal San Jose Reviews

Updated August 21, 2017
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  • Great work life balance; great benefits (in 311 reviews)

  • A great stable company also with great benefits (in 123 reviews)

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  1. "Good if Your Work is Non-Critical"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Good work/life balance for teams that do not affect PayPal's bottom line.
    - CEO is a great guy with a solid vision for the company.
    - Good perks. Free soda, lots of events, technology training courses.
    - If you can keep up with the high work demands, there is good upward mobility up to a certain point.

    Cons

    - If you work on one of the critical back-end teams, you can kiss your weekends goodbye. It's very common to see people in the office until 7, sometimes as late as 10 for a deployment hand-off to an India team.
    - Mediocre culture (perks != culture). Although overall there is diversity, individual teams hire people like themselves (diversity != inclusiveness)
    - Non-flexible work for engineers. They always assign more work than is feasible to complete. They expect people to work at a constant output all of the time.
    - Managers may ask you to do extra on top of your work, which can be rewarding for your career, but is mostly to help the managers look better in their fight to look good.
    - Because everyone is overworked, team members are too busy to train new hires.

    Advice to Management

    Don't get caught up in the petty battles to impress your boss. Or, if you do, don't involve those working under you.


  2. "Great brand/culture; slow to move"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Development in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Business Development in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Inspiring vision and mission
    Great brand and culture
    Great work/life balance
    Products that touch both consumers and merchants
    Global footprint

    Cons

    Quite big and therefore bureaucratic
    Slow to move; lacking real bias for action
    Hasn't integrated acquisitions well (PP Sales can act as gatekeepers for others like Braintree, Venmo, etc)

    Advice to Management

    Create incentives to motivate more agile action within Prod/Eng.
    Create incentives and structures so that PP and Braintree teams work better together - too much friction as it stands.

  3. "CEO"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President - Technology in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President - Technology in San Jose, CA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They are a company who thinks about the social good and folks on doing the right thing

    Cons

    Avoids conflict and therefore can be passive aggressive

    Advice to Management

    Leverage conference to do the right thing


  4. Helpful (1)

    "My view of PayPal"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Contractor - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at PayPal as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Over my 20+ years of experience, I have not met with better team members than the ones I had the privilege to work with at PayPal. The managers I worked for were brave and audacious to allow senior engineers to experiment with cutting edge technologies (upon having tested the engineers capabilities).

    Cons

    Unfortunately, PayPal is not like Google, Facebook, etc. in terms of employee compensation and benefits.


  5. "software engineering"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good mixture of young talent and industry veterans.

    Cons

    Speed of product idea execution is slow.

    Advice to Management

    Need to listen more to the engineering community inside the organization.


  6. "Good place to learn"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Risk Analyst in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Risk Analyst in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. good work life balance
    2. rich resources to learn
    3. free drink and snacks

    Cons

    1. company move slowly
    2. complex organization


  7. "Awesome!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Big Data Intern in San Jose, CA
    Former Intern - Big Data Intern in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at PayPal as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Awesome experience. They let you evolve.

    Cons

    None from my side found.

  8. "Decent place to work given bureaucracy and personal agendas"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in San Jose, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice offices, gym, food options, benefits.

    Cons

    Large company culture, entrenched old-times with long-time agenda rule.

    Advice to Management

    Be open to newer employees with fresh ideas.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great company to work for"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PayPal full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Competitive pay and benefits with flexible work hours. Good location in San Jose with locations around the globe . Very diverse workforce.

    Cons

    Can't think of any as PayPal is awesome and close to par with top notch companies in the bay. Could hire more women in technical fields.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the pulse reviews and follow up to retain top talent


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Risk Operations"

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

    I have been working at PayPal (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pay, benefits, tuition reimbursement,

    Cons

    Management, no upward movement,


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