Netflix
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www.netflix.com Los Gatos, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

Netflix Reviews

Updated Apr 4, 2014
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3.2 376 reviews

                             

71% Approve of the CEO

Netflix Founder, Chairman and CEO Reed Hastings

Reed Hastings

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51% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Great place to work, but if you are looking for an easy secure job, Netflix is not for you.

Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Los Gatos, CA

I have been working at Netflix

ProsFreedom and responsibility and working with smart, motivated, high-caliber people make for a great experience. The work environment is dynamic and unencumbered by rules and process. There are no slackers here.

ConsThe constant expectations of excellence can be stressful.

Advice to Senior ManagementPeople aren't machines and they aren't expendable. If you don't spend some effort nurturing them, then you will lose them, and the people at Netflix are hard to replace.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great Place to work-Never had a problem

Machine Operator (Current Employee)
Anchorage, AK

I have been working at Netflix

ProsUnlimited Movie Plan
Unlimited Promotion Potential
Great Management Team
Good Hours
Competative Salary
No Micromanagement
Respectful leadership
Good work hours

ConsNo Raises
No paid time off
Not many sit down evaluations with employees
Alot of changes regarding minor day to day operations

Advice to Senior ManagementI've never once had a problem while working for Netflix. I've been a Machine Operator and an Opps Supervisor at the Anchorage Hub for all in all about 9 months total. Great manager and Supervisor team. No micromanaging and they understand the human side of things and treat everyone from the people that work twice a week all the way up to the full timers with exactly the same respect level. I enjoy working for the company greatly and there is alot of potential to move up in the ranks if you put your time in and do your job the right way. Simple. All it takes is actually WORKING and being accurate and on time. Not a problem for me, so Netflix is where I'll be for a long time.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Rave, gush, yell from the rooftops (for the right people)

Senior Systems Engineer (Current Employee)
Los Gatos, CA

I have been working at Netflix

ProsFreedom and responsibility. Figure out what you need to get done, and do that.
Time off flexibility that matches work requirement flexibility
Insanely great management
Fantastic peers
All traction, no friction

ConsSo-so benefits
Absolutely horrific stock option plan (fantastic combination of byzantine with low profit potential)
Want work/life balance? You'll have to make it happen -- because Netflix won't help :)

Advice to Senior ManagementThat thing you've been doing so far? Do more of it. Hire insanely great people. Drive culture clearly, explicitly, often and loudly. If there's one thing I'd change it'd be to emphasize career opportunities and opportunities for advancement within the company -- not enough messaging is happening about that (despite that at least one of the very senior people, Andy Rendich -- Chief Service and DVD Operations Officer -- started off as an engineer).

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to work so far after a few months.

Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Los Gatos, CA

I have been working at Netflix

ProsThe leadership has vision and knows how to execute. The company stays focused and it feels like we are all working together as a team toward the same goal. Even when things aren't working exactly right, people are eager accept advice and make things better.

ConsSome IT infrastructure that I'm used to is not completely in place, but I suppose that's something that I can help fix.

Advice to Senior ManagementGreat strategic direction and tactical execution so far. I would suggest a bit more investment in development infrastructure and support people.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Tunnel vision of being the best, not peering out to view the rest.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Hillsboro, OR

I have been working at Netflix

Pros-Friendly staffing and coworkers.
-Well maintained facilities and landscaping.
-Keeps food(mac&cheese, noodles, oatmeal), coffe, and tea stocked in all break rooms.
-Equal Opportunities of growth throughout the company.
-Feels like a natural high to be in the building with everyone because they are so "happy".
-Performance assistance when someone is struggling, working with that individual to become more efficient.
-Celebratory events when center does excellent job.
-Has accomodations for bike riders or bus takers, as well as shower facilities.
-Does not hire just "anyone", finds the right person for the job.
-Has a strong focus on being and becoming the best as they can be. Always looking for ways to improve the service and the employment experience.
-Motivated to push themselves to the limit.

Cons-Benefits for employee are a decent rate, when you add your spouse or family, it then is practically half of your paycheck each month. Seems as if you are working to have insurance.
-No paid time off which makes it difficult to have a vacation or take a day off if you're sick.
-Could be more appreciative of those who are doing well by recognizing them more often.
-Unable to read, do puzzles, knit, etc between phone calls (this takes away from the focus)
-Sitting in a chair on a daily basis causes one to gain weight. They do not offer anytype of fitness facilities or memberships to other facilities, and since you have to pay so much for insurance it keeps you from being able to afford a gym membership.

Advice to Senior ManagementManagement, including Supervisors and above, have probably been the most efficient, most friendly people I have seen in a work environment. I enjoy having the joy of others around me to motivate me throughout the day.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Netflix is true to their advertised culture of freedom & responsibility.

Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Los Gatos, CA

I have been working at Netflix

ProsLack of politics, hard problems to tackle, extremely bright colleagues, lack of bureaucracy, "context, not control" style of management, no tracking of hours or time off, flexible work options, Netflix is extremely successful as a company, and it's a fun business to be in and win at.

ConsAlways way more to do than people to do the work, but I've never had a job where this wasn't the case. Also, sometimes hard to find the boundaries between family and work life, because there is no tracking of work hours. Many of the folks in my area are highly self-motivated, which fosters a self-imposed culture of working nights and weekends.

Advice to Senior ManagementDo your best at keeping Netflix from being bought out, and continue to question our culture and values to keep us from becoming one of those "big companies" bogged down by process and stagnancy until we eventually sink.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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The most satisfying place to be a rockstar contributor in Silicon Valley. Not a place for anyone else.

Vice President (Current Employee)
Los Gatos, CA

I have been working at Netflix

ProsEvery role at the company is a chance to directly effect the success of the business. The sense of ownership is big, the challenges are big, and the work is very engaging.

In my experience Netflix has an outstanding team of rockstars, a very motivating group to get to be a part of and work with.

The culture puts high demands on everyone, and imparts great freedom and ownership in return.

Very data driven, customer focused, innovation oriented.

ConsThe company is very focused, and so brand new areas and opportunities come rarely. There are not a lot of "arms and legs" positions, so most roles have both a hands-on and a strategic component to the work.

I wouldn't agree with a review that says long hours are expected, but I do think amazing productivity and results are expected. I view this as more good than bad, but it can feel tough to measure up at times.

Promotion opportunities are rare but they do happen. Most growth at the company comes as growth in ownership, rather than in title.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep it up.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Add Netflix to your job searching queue

Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Los Gatos, CA

I have been working at Netflix

ProsI've worked in many places in the Valley, from small hot startups to large mega corps, and Netflix is by far the best place. Only running your own company with your own hand-picked friends could be better.

ConsWith great power comes great responsibility. There are no safety nets here. No one will check up on you and make sure you're okay. It's up to you to assess your situation and institute the changes you want and need.

If you think the above paragraph is really an upside, then you will fit right into Netflix ;)

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep it up and watch out for unintended cultural changes that new employees may carry inside.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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I work for a company that changed the way Americans rent movies.

Vice President (Current Employee)
Los Gatos, CA

I have been working at Netflix

ProsNetflix is populated by really smart people working on hard problems. The company is on innovation time all the time. It's a very open culture with no questions asked if you work from home or take days off. People love Netflix and that makes it cool to work here. The company is adding subscribers and growing financially, which you gotta love in this economy. Employees get a free eight-out plan and get $1,000 towards travel expenses to the Sundance or LA Film Festival. You structure your salary as you want, dedicating a percentage or none at all to stock options. You get all your salary up front so there's no bonuses or incentive payments during the year.

ConsYou don't get a lot of compliments on a job well done because everyone is supposed to work at A+ level. The salary review is not tied to the performance review. Performance review allows anyone in the company to evaluate anyone and many people do it anonymously, which can be vindictive. The stock rises and falls like a yo-yo. Everyone is supposed to work in cubes but some people have had offices built for themselves or taken over a conference room for an office. There is two distinctive cultures at Netflix. One's in Los Gatos and the other's in LA. The only time people come together is at quarterly directors meetings.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the quarterly meetings and company meetings but open up more at company meetings. More presenters instead of just Reed, the CFO and PR VP.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Teamwork is central to the culture.

Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Los Gatos, CA

I worked at Netflix

ProsVery bright people. Very high level of trust and mutual respect.

ConsDissent and complaint are discouraged. It's the flip side of valuing harmonious teamwork.

Advice to Senior ManagementCultivate longer term projects on the software side. The rapid release cycle is very distracting.

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