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Netflix Reviews

Updated 12 December, 2014
Updated 12 December, 2014
427 Reviews
3.8
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Netflix Founder, Chairman and CEO Reed Hastings
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328 Ratings

Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great for a Call center

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Beaverton, OR (US)
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Beaverton, OR (US)

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

    Pros

    guaranteed hours, Free Netflix, Great benefits.
    The people that work here are pretty cool

    Cons

    boring work, your job is based on customers saying that they are satisfied with the Netflix experience which really has little to do with you. And you start at 14.hr and that is where you will stay forever.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We are not cattle.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Don't do it

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Farmington Hills, MI (US)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Farmington Hills, MI (US)

    I worked at Netflix full-time

    Pros

    Steady income same amount every week biweekly ! Ability to work overtime , Experience gained .

    Cons

    No respect no breaks no justice, worked in the call center for almost a year, doesn't promote from within .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please treat your employees like people and not numbers

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

    Disappointing

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Beverly Hills, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Beverly Hills, CA (US)

    I have been working at Netflix as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent Salary and benefits; catered lunches. Everyone at Netflix is very talented, smart and professional

    Cons

    There's very little understanding of the 'Freedom and Responsibility" mantra. The culture tends to promote throwing each other under the bus mentality. The marketing department has very little direction. Reminded me of a kids soccer game; everyone huddled up around the ball without any direction on where to go. Would really benefit from some consistent direction and communication.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider establishing better forms of communications and direction for entire teams and individual employees. Many people are spending their days confused on direction, goals and job responsibilities (areas of focus and ownership).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work, but not for everyone

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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 5 years)

    Pros

    Little to no micromanagement. Control and ownership of software components you are responsible for. Exceptional compensation. Incredible vacation policy.

    Cons

    Not for everyone - developers who like working independently and without much guidance will thrive here. Developers who are used to being given specific assignments and lots of structure might crash and burn (and get fired). Extremely stressful working situations at times as you will be responsible for a lot and might not have backup, and potential for very long hours. If you don't have the courage to ask for your vacations you might not get any (no formal vacation policy).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Finding the right balance between an unstructured work environment and micromanaging everything is hard, but it's possible that management at NFLX keeps things too much on the unstructured site.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Best Company I have worked at!

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    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Gatos, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Gatos, CA (US)

    I worked at Netflix full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Freedom & Responsibility Culture
    - Almost zero politics
    - No Employee Reviews (Hire & keep the best)
    - High Quality co-workers

    Cons

    - Not much except that towards the end, had a useless manager

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Best company I've worked for

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Netflix

    Pros

    Pretty much the whole cultural deck - highlights are compensation, no micromanagement and the vacation policy.

    Cons

    I honestly don't have any big complaints about working here.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 11 people found this helpful  

    It's not "if" you will be let go, it's "when".

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Administrator in Los Gatos, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Administrator in Los Gatos, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Leeway to learn and gain experience with diverse technology.
    Pay was above market.
    Work with fantastic people.
    Free subscription & good "product".

    Cons

    People are treated like toilet paper. It is not a "family", this is true, but it is not a "team", either. The group I worked in processed hires & fires access rights: I have never seen so many people fired, without warning, while they were ON vacation - leaving our group to receive and deal with calls from confused people (some of them Directors of hubs), who returned ready for work to no access and no information on what was happening.
    Lousy communication between groups.
    Excessively High turnover - instead of leveraging employee knowledge & experience - people are overworked, used up, & thrown out like trash - the alumni group should read "NETFLIX PTSD Group".
    80 hr work week *minimum*.
    No work-life balance.
    I had 4 managers in 1year of employment & the entire team I was on was replaced during that time and (you guessed it) one of the most awesome employees was fired while he was *ON* vacation: *THAT* was extremely awkward, as he was stellar...it was just a regime change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As if they care what former employees think: Treat people like human beings and show some basic respect. Have *meaningful* employee-management meetings and encourage open communication instead of the "keep doing what you're doing" until people are blindsided by termination.

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

    Stay Away

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Gatos, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Gatos, CA (US)

    I worked at Netflix full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good "brand" for your resume, I guess. Outsiders will be impressed, if only because the PR machine has been in overdrive convincing people that this is still an innovative company. But a stock price bubble does not equal innovation.

    Cons

    Most of the honest reviews on here (meaning those not written by HR) have already covered it, but it's a terrible place to work - a pressure-cooker environment full of overpaid but insecure bosses who manage through fear and intimidation. Crazy high turnover in every group, lots of good people getting pushed out all the time by their managers. Then those people are blamed and insulted once they're gone and unable to defend themselves. The company also stopped innovating long ago. The salary, though substantial, is not worth it, especially when you see the C-level insiders routinely cashing out millions in shares like thieves in the night. Hmmm, what do they know that everyone else doesn't? Look elsewhere - there are many other more humane, ethical, and socially rewarding places to get paid well...like Wall Street.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep selling as many shares as possible before the Wall Street lemmings finally figure you guys out. You have done a great job of this so far.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 10 people found this helpful  

    Excessive Turn-over, Work Mobbing, Culture of Fear, Corporate BS at it's FINEST

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    • Senior Management
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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

    pay. that's it. but it will feel like dirty money. after you've been here long enough (although evident to me right after I started...) you will wish you never started here because it will suck away your life and soul... the money won't matter. Oh... this was Pros. crap.

    Cons

    everything. insecure people. arrogance. letting go of people completely arbitrarily. using the annual 360 reviews as a harmless way for peer- reviews; then using those peer reviews as evidence... just as an FYI when you get a team of overpaid, untalented, bored people writing peer reviews it's an incubator for workplace mobbing (look it up) which happens ALL the time. Every week there are at least 1, if not 2 or 3 emails that go around about a team reorganization because someone was let go. When those people are your close colleagues you've successfully worked with; it's completely gross to have to accept their departure while you hang on. It wears on your soul. and, before you know it you HOPE you are let go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    start a training program. stop thinking the world revolves around the bottom line. Care about your employees and stop treating them so poorly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    * Freedom & Responsibility culture. Everyone in the company knows the company's direction well. We are responsible for helping the company move to the right direction and we are free to choose how to help the company.
    * Transparency. The management team spends time with everyone in the company explaining how the company operates.

    Cons

    * No training program. You are on your own to improve your technique skills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I hope that the top management get more feedbacks from everyone in the company. We are a very focused company. However we may find another big thing if we spend some resources on innovative ideas, which do not match the company's focus.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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