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Netflix Reviews in Los Gatos, CA

Updated 28 January, 2015
Updated 28 January, 2015
434 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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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Fantastic company

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Company, Inexperienced Management

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    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
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Best job I have ever had

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

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  5. 10 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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    At Netflix the technology is the WHAT you do, providing great content for subscribers to enjoy is the WHY

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

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

    Pros

    Netflix is singularly focused. They want to provide great family content for their subscribers to enjoy. By doing that, people feel they are getting the most from their monthly subscription. They have a robust service that is well architected, and they have discipline that has been honed for over a decade to become the best at what they do. As so many leadership books say, you can tell way more about someone by what they say NO to, and how well they can say NO. Netflix doesn't do ads, pay-per-view, purchasable content, or porn. Just thoughtful, edgy, and family programming so you can enjoy your subscription. They're bigger than people perceive, around 3,000 at time of this writing, but still have that startup feel of "just get stuff done." They get rid of all unnecessary process, so even in management, I can spend most of my time focusing on adding value to our customers instead of administrivia.

    Cons

    Netflix prides themselves on hiring super senior people that are like a pro team. Everyone is treated like a professional. You won't find any interns at Netflix. You'll only be working with people that have been in the industry and are smart at what they're doing--but that doesn't mean they're smart at everything. So some coordination and challenging of each other is necessary for success. If you're more introverted and don't speak up much, and not much of a self-starter, this isn't a good company for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The singular focus is fantastic, but a little bit of effort toward leadership development would help the company through the next growth spurt it needs and assure we can grow our next level of executive leaders from within.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Smart people, challenging work

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

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

    Pros

    Everyone I work with at Netflix is incredibly smart, thoughtful and ready to challenge ideas. It's a great place to foster innovation and the culture of you setting your own hours and vacation time can't be beat.

    Cons

    There are times when changes are put in place by brute force (C-level said so) that is in such a clash with the rest of the culture that it is upsetting and derails the ideation process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote more from within, and have peers interview new candidates.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    No Job security. Poor Management!

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

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

    Pros

    Great Pay. Benefits and perks. Catered Food.

    Cons

    No proper training. No room for error or else you will get fired culture. Politics. Arrogant Managers.
    I worked at Netflix for almost 5 years and I've always had great feedback during 360 reviews except for 1 person. That person who was new to the company gave me a bad review last year and that's the reason I lost my job. My manager made that review as a back-up to lay me off and totally lied that I am no longer fit for the job. Feeling betrayed and unjustly fired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be aware.. What goes around comes around!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Well treated, enjoyable environment.

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Software Engineer

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

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

    Pros

    Very friendly environment, good buzz

    Cons

    No cons really. Its a pretty hectic pace at times

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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