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Updated 23 February, 2015
Updated 23 February, 2015
239 Reviews
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Pros
  • Work atmosphere is awesome with lot of freedom and responsibility (in 31 reviews)

  • Good Pay & Fact paced work environment (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • Netflix makes no secret about it's high performance culture, which results in a very high turnover (in 18 reviews)

  • IT IS LITERALLY TRUE THAT IT IS CULTURE OF FEAR, no matter how talented you are (in 17 reviews)

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    The culture is the real deal; read the deck. It really is the blueprint for our culture.

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    Current Employee - Director in Los Gatos, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Director in Los Gatos, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Freedom and Responsibility from the culture deck is true
    Super smart people that love what they do
    Awesome brand
    Compensation is top of market

    Cons

    Things move quickly; sometimes hard to keep up
    High performing culture means there is pressure, but deliver rather than worry and you will be fine

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As we grow we need to consider other means of communication. Memo's are great but we need to find more efficient means of communicating.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 17 people found this helpful  

    no reverence, only severance

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    Current Employee - Director of Engineering in Los Gatos, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Director of Engineering in Los Gatos, CA (US)

    I have been working at Netflix full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    money. lots of it. i will enjoy it while it lasts cuz i know it won't.

    Cons

    zero career growth. never-ending stream of unwarranted terminations.

    management is incompetent. they treat people like dirt. human resources are clueless and don't provide any value.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    your culture of fear
    will cost you, my dear

    you’re generous with severance
    but lack basic reverence

    you think you are smart
    but it’ll all fall apart

    your stock’s at a summit
    but soon it will plummet

    and then you will wonder
    gee, where did i blunder

    so, please bear in mind
    that it pays to be kind

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Freedom and responsibility and paying top of the market

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Netflix

    Pros

    - High salary focused on cash compensation
    - freedom and responsibility, no micromanagement actually
    -

    Cons

    - Technically, a single engineer should cover wide range of areas including coding, testing, packaging, deployment, monitoring, etc. This can be a great challenge but sometimes this will create fatigue.
    - Sometimes, it happened that somebody was fired but hard to understand why he/she was let go.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    Mixed bag. Some great aspects. Unique culture not for everyone.

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Los Gatos, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Los Gatos, CA (US)

    I have been working at Netflix full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to work if job security isn't a big consideration for you. They have very little process. The work is challenging and interesting no matter which team you are on. Excellent remuneration plus perks like free food and transportation. Colleagues are not stunning as they claim but pretty good.

    Cons

    No tech ladder for engineers. Every engineer is a Senior Software Engineer. Promotions are reserved for management roles only.

    There is little to no job security. People are terminated if they are perceived to be doing anything less than a stellar job. To be fair, this is in their culture document. The problem is that it's not easy for anyone to be stellar all the time. Even great performers have their bad days or phases. That makes everyone vulnerable and at risk. Past performances don't count for much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reevaluate some aspects of the culture. You may be losing out on great candidates because of the culture of fear and the absence of a technical ladder for engineers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Movies 101

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Netflix

    Pros

    The can do, us against the world spirit.

    Cons

    Hours, lack of bonus, lack of holidays, presure

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Every day is different and you can leave it at the door on the way out. Free food.

    Cons

    DVD side will be closing in a few years.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great Company to Work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Netflix

    Pros

    Very Stable, great enviroment, excellent remuneration. I have been with the company for over 7 years now and have grown a lot in the company - Both Mentally and Financially ( My salary has more than doubled over my stay).

    Culture is a big thing here and if you do not fit then you do not stay.

    Cons

    There is a culture of freedom and responsibility and if you are coming from an organization which is very bureaucratic you might have a culture shock here. The immediate response people get are, "There is no work-life balance", "There are no controls here"..

    When in reality at Netflix expectations are for you to be independent and productive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 19 people found this helpful  

    Ruthless, inhuman company. Stay away. Don't fall for the high salary or the culture hype.

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Architect in Los Gatos, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Architect in Los Gatos, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Good salary. Free food. Shuttles. Generous with equipment and severance.

    Cons

    This company does not value its employees. They have terrible people-management at the top. Leaders, right from the very top down to the managers, take pride in firing subordinates. HR, or Talent as they like to call themselves, are good for nothing and are there to help the leaders in carrying out the firing.

    What the other reviews say about the culture of fear at Netflix is 100% true. Leaders are never required to work with an individual to understand the reason for a delayed schedule or a genuine mistake. The culture encourages leaders to be trigger-happy and rewards leaders who ruthlessly fire individuals, giving them no chance to course-correct.

    Once a leader decides to fire someone, which happens all too often at this company, HR and leadership are giddy with excitement. This is the moment they live for. Firing someone is a noble thing, they feel. After all, they are releasing the poor individual from their agony. In the eyes of the executives at the top, firing demonstrates decisiveness and strong leadership on the part of the leader.

    That's not all. Most of the firing, over 90% of it, is unwarranted and unfair. Individuals that were once stars are suddenly found to be bad and worthy of discarding. In most cases, it is because the individual has fallen out of favor with their manager for whatever reason. Usually the reason isn't serious enough to be considered grounds for termination at any company. But Netflix isn't just any company. They pride themselves on their culture. The culture of fear. You can smell it. It stinks.

    Dear job-seeker, stay away from this company. You have options. Go work at a company that values its employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have no advice for you, Management. My only advice is for job seekers. Stay the hell away. The money isn't worth the stress.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10. 11 people found this helpful  

    Cold-hearted company with toxic culture that treats employees as a disposable commodity

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    Current Employee - Sr. Technologist in Los Gatos, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Sr. Technologist in Los Gatos, CA (US)

    I have been working at Netflix full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Known brand. Good compensation. Little to no process. They move quickly. Free lunches and snacks.

    Cons

    They are not interested in helping grow the careers of their employees. Their philosophy is to hire and retain superstars, give them challenging problems to solve, and pay them very well without having to deal with the career growth or welfare of their employees. Many fall for this BS culture, which is used by the company to justify getting rid of its employees regularly. They fire, without good reason, the very "superstars" that they had hired just a few months or years ago. Directors and Vice Presidents are constantly occupied in CYA tactics and throw their managers or individual contributors under the bus when the heat turns on them for something.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's much too easy for Directors and VPs, without accountability or proper justification, to deflect blame by getting rid of someone under them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 7 people found this helpful  

    Great Company, Inexperienced Management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Purchasing in Los Gatos, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Purchasing in Los Gatos, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Great Product, Driven culture, Cross Team Collaboration.

    Cons

    There are a couple of cons that seem to be proving to become obstacles for productivity. My Director loves to bully and has fired the valuable individuals on our team. She is afraid of anyone that is smarter than her that also contributes and gets recognized for their contribution. Instead of building a great team, sadly this Director manages two unrelated teams with no knowledge on how to manage either. She thrives on driving fear. Sad as most of the people here are genuinely great people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't sacrifice two great teams for a poor director.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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