Netflix Reviews

Updated 7 September, 2014
Updated 7 September, 2014
402 Reviews
3.6
402 Reviews
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Netflix Founder, Chairman and CEO Reed Hastings
Reed Hastings
310 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Freedom and Responsibility" is their guiding phrase here and it is true (in 29 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company to work for

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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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Amazing experience, very competitive salary, great office space cutting edge technologies.
    If you like fast moving environment and challenging task then this is a place for you. Company treats employees like adults

    Cons

    Sometimes environment is moving too fast. Unlimited vacation policy does not work in few cases. Be ready to get support calls in the middle of the night.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not really

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

    Mistake of a lifetime. Total career suicide. Hillsboro

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    Former Employee - Csr1  in  Hillsboro, OR (US)
    Former Employee - Csr1 in Hillsboro, OR (US)

    I worked at Netflix full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Paydays, quitting time, seeing your superiors fail.

    Cons

    How about...an unspoken policy of fear, day in, day out. Managers that are ignorant, uneducated, selfish, and stupid. Oh, and flunkie "team supervisors" that get promoted to the position only because they know how to suck up and let themselves get abused by management...Oh, there was so much more. This is flat-out the WORST company I've ever worked for. They laid me off because of my "call time average" was 7 seconds, yes...SECONDS, over their silly weekly limit. In reality, they laid me off because I was 50, and have medical problems. Oh, I hope I live to see the day when someone sues the hell out of them. I just can't wait. I have never wanted for a company to fail, but I want them to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reed, pay attention, you little weasel. Why don't you sell this company so someone with someone with a soul can run it. Are we clear? You, Dude, SUCK!!!!

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

    Nice while it lasted, not everything it is cut out to be.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Netflix full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Lunch, brand that people are aware of.

    Cons

    Management overall is quite bad. Most people get promoted to the role based on seniority, not on actual ability to lead and mentor others.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Over matrixed under thought out

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    Former Employee - Senior Supervisor  in  Hillsboro, OR (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Supervisor in Hillsboro, OR (US)

    I worked at Netflix full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fast paced, energetic place to work. The compensation was great, and the tools at our disposal were more than adequate to build and retain strong teams.

    Cons

    To much reliance on matrix and not enough on individuality that empowers employees to do great things. While we had great tools, were were not given the autonomy to use them effectively. Good people had to be let go for arbitrary reasons, and other that should move on are kept.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward creativity, relax a wee bit, and never ever hire more people than you really need. Doing so creates problems down the road that are not good for anyone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    No place like it!

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    Former Employee - QC, Digital Supply Chain  in  Los Gatos, CA (US)
    Former Employee - QC, Digital Supply Chain in Los Gatos, CA (US)

    I worked at Netflix as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Worked with a great team; scrupulous attention to quality; great opportunities to stretch one's wings and pursue new skills; great food.

    Cons

    Inconsistencies within the workplace and the "culture deck." Loss of excellent team members when projects ended or were terminated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rethink the "Expect to be laid off" mentality; Retraining team members who could have been co-opted into new projects could give Netflix new vitality

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

    Excellent

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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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Productive culture that embraces new technology and gives you the ability to make decisions. Company makes you want to always do better, faster.

    Cons

    People in high ranking positions that are smart but can't manage. This results in high turnover and exceptional people leaving. There are several Directors/VP's that have no management experience. This really hurts the organization. Keep Beverly Hills in Beverly Hills. Content is not the same as Engineering.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reevaluate Talent Team and Leadership. Do research when filling high-level positions. Just because someone is smart, doesn't mean that they can lead.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Sr. Weblogic Architect

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

    I worked at Netflix as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice company to work with NetFlix. No body compete salary in the Bay Area. Good Environment. You will get nice free lunch every day.

    Cons

    Netflix have to improve from Management Side..

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 8 people found this helpful  

    Highly political culture, dysfunctional.

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    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 for less than a year

    Pros

    Pay and the Netflix name helps on your resume, since most people outside do not know how bad it is inside.

    Cons

    Mind numbing. Stress. Constantly watching your back. There are people who have very high title (Directors, Managers, even VPs) who got it because they've managed to stay there the longest. Not because they are qualified for the job. The long timer/oldtimers survived by CYA each others. Those who they think are dangerous to their job will get the knife in the back.

    It's not how good you are. It's how well you "play the game" and "fit in with the political culture". They value "safe" decisions that do not rock the boat. At least in the IT Ops dept that I worked in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your head out of the cloud once in a while. There's real problem underneath. Engineering got tired of the dysfunctional IT Ops group, and built their own infrastructure so they don't have to deal with incompetent people.

    Best thing to do is fire everyone in Ops, and start fresh.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great company with a big let down on a management decision

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Netflix as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Great environment, and abundance of smart people, great managers,

    Cons

    some management decisions can be made without proper research.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    don't allow outside influences affect how you hire...

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Repackager (former employee)

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    Former Employee - Repackager  in  Santa Ana, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Repackager in Santa Ana, CA (US)

    I worked at Netflix part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Easy job to get for HS college student

    Cons

    mindless work with no opportunity

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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