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Lots of opportunity from a great yet imperfect company.

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Current Employee - Principal Product Manager  in  San Jose, CA (US)
Current Employee - Principal Product Manager in San Jose, CA (US)

I have been working at PayPal full-time for more than 10 years

Pros

-Friendly and supportive culture--not a dog eat dog environment
-Great benefits and excellent eBay inc. stock program
-High performers are recognized and rewarded
-Current (though not past) management recognizes company challenges and has put bold plans in place to improve.

Cons

The company's core technology and development processes stunt innovation at the company. This makes product development progress incredibly slow and often unsatisfying to all who contribute. This has driven away many talented product managers and developers. eBay also has a penchant for constant reorganization. Every time a new senior leader comes in, a reorganization will be put in place. This flux causes churn and impedes both the company's and employees' goals.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Stop believing that reorganizations solve real problems. I've witnessed this tendency for ten years, and it has yet to yield lasting improvements to the effectiveness of teams.

Give small teams autonomy over product areas with guidance on expected results. Management still
tends to issue product edicts "This product must be built in so in so ways.." that are ill-informed and poorly conceived. Talented professionals who develop and manage products for a living will always produce better product solutions than professionals who run companies and manage people. The skill sets for these roles are not the same, and this needs to be acknowledged. Focus on the results and guide with expectations and core values.

The company *must* improve it's technology processes. All former leaders have failed at this--take the time to understand their mistakes and do not repeat them. Develop a concrete plan for this, and execute well.

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    I had a good time interning at Paypal

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PayPal as an intern

    Pros

    Good salary , Good Management ,Good work culture

    Cons

    Technology needs to improve a lot . Lot of stuff used is from the 90s

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  2.  

    Good work culture, Good Compensation, A bit lacking in terms of adoption of new technologies but working hard to improve

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Software Engineer III  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at PayPal full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    1) Good Compensation. >50% increment over my previous job.
    2) Good perks ( Buffet lunches & Breakfast, $1000 flexible benefits, excellent healthcare that covers specialist visits and child birth)
    3) Lots of team outings, meals and parties paid for by the company.
    4) Lots of smart people who are diligent with their job.
    5) Company is doing very well and this is a morale booster
    6) Highly disciplined workforce who care about their job and are willing to work the extra mile should the situation arises.
    7) Willing to spend money to invest in new technologies and training for staff

    Cons

    1) Work hours can be very long during critical periods.
    2) Some of the technologies and tools are out of date. Management recognises this and has been investing a lot of money in trying to improve this area.
    3) Big company politics and bureaucracy.
    4) Very process-driven company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on improving the tools/technologies available to developers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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