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Great place to work

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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

Pros

Extremely open and honest culture to work in.
Management takes pride in culture and therefore is very candid about both the strategy of the company, and the challenges ahead of us.

Very flat organization.

Cons

No clear career path or career development provided. "High performance" culture means that we aim to hire very talented people (which is great), but we don't hestitate to let some one go if its not going to be a good fit over the long-run.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Continue being open and candid about our strategic direction; it's extremely helpful in providing both context and unity of purpose.

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  1. 21 people found this helpful  

    Three works can summarize the culture at Netflix. : Culture of Fear.

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    Former Employee - Great Service But Not Great A Place for A Career in Los Gatos, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Great Service But Not Great A Place for A Career in Los Gatos, CA (US)

    I worked at Netflix

    Pros

    Netflix base salaries are high. Engineers are all very senior. The buildings are beautiful and having onsite expresso machines is wonderful. The location near Los Gatos is great. Everyone outside of Netflix understands and loves the service which is a pretty big perk.

    Cons

    Netflix is the first place I've worked where you can get fired for doing too good of a job. Managers are always changing usually as a result of being shown the door. The constant turnover leads to another problem in that there is not much domain expertise in the systems built in Netflix because of the high turnover.

    There is no career growth in Netflix. What you are hired for is more than likely what you will be doing for your stay at the company which on average is only a couple of years. There are cases where engineers / managers morph into something different but it was very rare.

    Box lunches are provided but they are terrible. That food is not meant for human consumption. A variety of vendors would be nice.

    The unlimited vacation policy is touted as a key benefit but watch out. Constantly changing priorities and short deadlines along with no job overlap means you are going to be able to take that nice vacation to take.

    The compensation is skewed in that there are no bonuses or stock grants for the rank and file employees. Insurance for anything beyond the employee ( significant other / family ) will be passed along to the employee. In many cases I've heard this can pretty expensive.

    I will say that I did have some good times at Netflix. If you are considering it as a company do your homework, ask the right questions, and make sure you weigh the pros and cons of the environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix the culture. While there has been a steady stream of engineers and managers to choose from times have gotten better and there are other choices. Netflix could be so much more if you valued your employees, focused less on the short term distractions, and invest more on making employees love the work environment in the same way everyone loves the Netflix service.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  2. 18 people found this helpful  

    Fear-based culture

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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

    Pros

    Higher than market salary
    Free lunches
    Unlimited PTO

    Cons

    Fear-based, highly competitive culture driven by upper management. Mid-management is forced to follow the suit otherwise it will be their job on the line. Everyone is under pressure to deliver but nobody provides guidance as to what is expected. If you're a super-star you're supposed to figure it out on your own.
    Zero tolerance to even small mistakes - you're expected to work as a perfect robot. If you made a mistake you're out immediately, no chance for correction.
    Zero communications about your performance - it is all up to management to decide how you're doing. So you don't know whether you made or making mistakes.
    Project management does not exist, hence no planning is happening, just loose email exchanges.
    You don't feel as part of the team, there are virtually no teams, just people trying to prove something and keep their jobs. As a result many decisions are short-sited since they provide immediate credit, long-term decisions are usually on back-burner until all of a sudden they become critical and then it is all hands on deck.
    You're expected to work long hours and weekends on regular basis.
    Basically if you accepted an offer you're owned by Netflix.
    Documentation is non-existent, people are secretive about knowledge transfer.
    All in all Netflix's motto Freedom comes with Responsibility turns into the situation when company has freedom to do whatever it wants and employees have all responsibilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust and respect people. The fact that you pay high salaries and provide unlimited PTO does not mean that you own people's lives. Give people freedom for mistake, at least one. One mistake means nothing especially in first year of employment. Encourage planning.

    Doesn't Recommend
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