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Lost their way

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Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer
Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer

I worked at Netflix full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

- top of market base salary
- 4 DVD out plan is free
- do not penny pinch on equipment, get whatever you want.

Cons

- freedom and responsbility is their mantra when you're hired, but it is not practiced by new managers.
- people get fired all the time for disagreeing or questioning management on anything.
- On some teams(mine, not all) there was no collaboration in design between managers and programmers. The managers designed it and the only freedom the programmers had was to develop it exactly in that manner. If you disagreed with the design, you guessed it: your fired.
- even star performers routinely get the axe. Others remaining are understandably nervous about their jobs.
- so called stock plan makes no sense at all. Only plan I've ever heard of where an employee has to risk his own money to participate.
- benefits are awful if you have a family. It cost me $800/month to have medical and dental for the family of 4. If your single, your completely covered.
- no vacation paid when you leave. This is also a plus in a way though. Netflix does not track vacation time at all. If you take too much though, you will get fired without warning.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

- take off that powerpoint presentation from jobs.netflix.com about the Netflix culture. It no longer applies. Netflix has turned into the mature company that is envisioned in the slide deck. Star performers no longer want to work there.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Best place I have ever worked

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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

    Leading edge technology, not afraid to do things differently if it makes sense, agile and low process overhead for getting things done. Clear focus on a simple business model, with clear responsibilities and freedom on how to deliver.

    Cons

    You have to be comfortable with rapid change, ambiguity and have enough self confidence to cope with the culture. It's not a place for people who like to know what the rules are and follow them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great Company

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    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Phoenix, AZ (US)
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Phoenix, AZ (US)

    I worked at Netflix full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Awesome pay and great benefits

    Cons

    Long hours, very early mornings

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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