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Updated 21 January, 2015
Updated 21 January, 2015
433 Reviews
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Netflix Founder, Chairman and CEO Reed Hastings
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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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    I loved it thought it was very easy and I love helping people .

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Netflix

    Pros

    well I want to be successful and I crave success more than ever and I feel like there's more opportunities at this job .

    Cons

    Trying to help as much people as you can in an orderly manner.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    always think positive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person 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
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Fantastic company

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

    I worked at Netflix full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of freedom and autonomy. No nonsense around things like expenses, vacation, etc. Just be professional and make sure you're helping you're team be effective and pretty much everything will be okay.

    Cons

    Since you get near total autonomy, figuring out just _what_ to do can be challenging. You have to consider options carefully. It's also easy to get a bit of imposter syndrome since you're working with some of the very top names in the industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up!

    Only thing I would maybe change is to add a bit more emphasis on the importance of building personal brand and a bit more transparency about how compensation review works.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Best job I have ever had

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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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent environment for smart and motivated SW devs. Very little politics. Technology leader. Very focused on streaming video on demand. Value smart devs, not 24-7 heros. Tremendous opportunity to influence video and entertainment industries.

    Cons

    If you are a task-oriented dev, if you need an architect or manager to give you a list of deliverables, you will not do well at Netflix. If you are a control-freak you will not do well.

  6. 9 people found this helpful  

    An incredible environment that will definitely make you grow as a professional

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Los Gatos, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Los Gatos, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    I have worked for Netflix for 3 years. As most of reviews say, it is incredible to see how open and honest the culture is. The company is still pretty flat for its size, and you can feel your impact on initiatives you work on. Development moves very fast and our cycles are short and iterative. Multiple 6-month long projects in other companies get out the door in a matter of a few weeks.

    I definitely feel like reviews on Glassdoor do not make justice to the Netflix environment. Yes, there is a lot of work, but I do not feel people get let go all the time, or that anyone would feel scared of being fired without reason. People do not get let go without fair warning. Everyone I know that has been let go so far saw it coming and recognizes it is the best for both them and the company. I find it hard to believe sometimes we have to overcome people's fears in that aspect. And newcomers realize very fast there is a myth and feel great to have joined.

    In short, it is a remarkable, fair and candid company and I am thrilled to have joined and I plan to go nowhere in the next 5 years.

    Cons

    I agree there is no career plan or defined development, but then again, this translates into a lot of freedom to forge your own path. Plus, people who are hired are usually senior, so I feel there is less of a need for a strict career plan. When you work at Netflix, you are exposed to so much that it is easy to explain why you grow so much in a short period of time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    One of the biggest fears within the company is that our amazing culture gets diluted as we grow, so it is important to continue investing to keep the culture alive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Well treated, enjoyable environment.

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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

    * Culture deck is very close to accurate. From my experience, few things have differed from the information available publicly. I was concerned that there would be a 'culture of fear' before I joined but it has not been so.
    * Exceptional senior management. They keep the company on course, share information freely, are incredibly knowledgable, and open to answering any employee questions. I have never been more impressed with a senior management team.
    * Comp and benefits are outstanding. I started about a year ago and since then the company has increased my salary by over 50%. Having had recent, competitive offers, it is truly top-of-market pay.
    * Good work-life balance and unlimited time off.

    Cons

    * No formalized training or advancement. If you want to try out different teams or roles this isn't the place.
    * No long-term career objectives. Nearly every single engineer has the same title so there are no career goals to work towards. This also means no promotions (unless you're in management).
    * All engineering positions are based out of Los Gatos. If you live elsewhere in the Bay, commuting is a requirement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great place to work overall. My biggest request would be to provide the opportunity to work in other teams for the experience, learning, and novelty. Additionally, I personally feel that it would be beneficial to have long-term career goals and objectives to work towards.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Culture Deck Is Real

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    Current Employee - Content Operations Manager in Beverly Hills, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Content Operations Manager in Beverly Hills, CA (US)

    I have been working at Netflix full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Being part of an innovative and transparent company has kept me working here for several years. Not only do I love what I do, but what keeps me here is the environment. We live out the culture deck. Politics do not prohibit me from doing my job or speaking out when I have a recommendation on what could be better. Collaboration is encouraged, and it's easy to do when you have high-performing peers and understanding managers.

    Cons

    None to reference at this time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up with the great transparency.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Netflix knows what they want you to do and how to let you do it

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    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Los Gatos, CA (US)
    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Los Gatos, CA (US)

    I worked at Netflix as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    The QA department when I was there was small and friendly. They give you plenty of flexibility to do the job the way it needs to be done without lots of micromanagement.

    Cons

    Not a lot of job security or advancement potential. If you can't produce the kind of results they're looking for you won't last long, and even if you do you probably won't move up much unless you really really want to.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great culture, team, technology and innovation.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Always innovating and moving forward.

    Cons

    I enjoy working here - no cons for me.

    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Solid Job, sad to see it's closing

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    Current Employee - CSR2 in Hillsboro, OR (US)
    Current Employee - CSR2 in Hillsboro, OR (US)

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

    Pros

    Free Netflix, PTO, Good Vacation, Severance, Good Work-Life Balance

    Cons

    Talking to the general public, policies can be hard to deliver to customers, might close your Call Center

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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