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Netflix Founder, Chairman and CEO Reed Hastings
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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. 16 people found this helpful  

    For Engineers, this place is a joke

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Los Gatos, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Los Gatos, CA

    Pros

    You're given independence and the ability to do your job how you see fit - some of the time. Most of the time management runs around like a chicken with their collective head cut off and priorities constantly change.

    Cons

    - The salaries are competitive, but not particularly high, despite what their so called slide deck proclaims. Keep in mind that your stock purchase and "bonus" is included, so $160k at Google is the same as $210k at Netflix.

    - Constant threats of firing, a culture of fear and throwing other employees under the bus to save your own skin. The threats of firing lead to crunch and absurd stress levels.

    - Employees aren't as intelligent as other high tech firms, they're hired more for the ability to play corporate politics than technical skill.

    - To follow on the above, the average stay here seems to be about a year. Understand that Netflix isn't an engineering company, it's an entertainment company and a fragile streaming infrastructure and clunky front end is built to consume that entertainment. But content is king, not the technology, and it never will be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'd recommend working on technology a bit more. With the continual turnover and exodus of engineers, the technology and products are a house of cards.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 28 people found this helpful  

    Salary 15% above market , Duration of employment 90% below market, Worst culture to work in

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Los Gatos, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Los Gatos, CA

    Pros

    You get paid 15% above market rate.
    I was making 165k in my last company (150k base + 15-20% bonus) in a stress free environment
    and then one fine day i found an opening at netflix which suited my profile.
    applied , gave the interview and they offered my 180k total.
    like a fool i jumped onboard.
    lost my job after 9 months and now back in the market.
    and yes those 9 months were no less than delivering a baby.

    Cons

    just after joining i realized that the guy sitting right next to me was fired few weeks ago.
    as i spent more time i realized most of the people around me were no more than an yr old.
    the work was too much but i thought they are paying me more so i worked hard at it.
    turns out i had 2 slight disagreements with a member in another team and bammm .....i was gone....

    the company has a very simple philosophy....if things are not 100% perfect ...fire and hire ......rinse and repeat........

    dont make the mistake i made....dont leave your stress free environment for 10-15k etc because you going to end up being fired the moment your performance falls below 100%

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    reed thinks he is doing a great job..... i wonder does he ever read the reviews here on glassdoor.
    the only problem is these reviews are flooded by CS so hard to read the real software engg reviews.....

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 15 people found this helpful  

    Careful: If you happen to be fired for any reason, it is broadcast to everyone you worked with!

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Los Gatos, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Los Gatos, CA

    Pros

    You might work with some very bright people and make good friends
    Opportunity to learn some very interesting skills and technologies
    Above market salary as long as it lasts

    Cons

    You might get all verbal accolades and encouragement till one fine day you are told that you are no longer needed!
    Managers could be picked randomly based on seniority from your peers if one leaves and may have little people skills.
    Firing, if it happens to you, is public, humiliating and outright insulting with a terse broadcast email.

    Advice to potential applicants:
    - Do not close your eyes to all the reviews on Glassdoor, thinking you are too smart too be fired
    - Do account for the potential time you might have to stay without job while comparing the salary to other places

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees with respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 9 people found this helpful  

    Don't waste your time if you live in the Bay Area! There are better places to dedicate your time!

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    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst  in  Los Gatos, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Los Gatos, CA

    Pros

    Free snacks, nice office, pays well

    Cons

    Disgusting management! When you're in a small conference room making a personal call and your mgr is in the storage room listening to your phone call or following you everywhere you go! My manager said he was very happy with my performance after 3 months of hiring me. He just got too weird so I resigned. Then he pulled me aside to tell me that I wasn't smart to work for him! What a jerk! His ego was hurt bc he didnt get to fire me! The worst place to work! I'd rather get paid a little less to be in environment where you are valued for your hard work!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop taking manager side! It's the worker bees that is keeping your business alive, not the management!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 17 people found this helpful  

    My advice - accept job here, get kicked out after half year

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Los Gatos, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Los Gatos, CA

    Pros

    Higher than industry average salary.

    Cons

    Read other reviews of former employees. Out of all people that I worked with at the time more than 80% were kicked out. Most of them are bright engineers.

    My advice - if you are offered a position in Netflix fight for the highest salary possible. In any case expect to be fired soon. Maybe after a year, maybe sooner, maybe later.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You don't need to worry. Everything is well. Your stock grows like crazy until you are out of talent and noone wants to work for you anymore.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 37 people found this helpful  

    Don't make the mistake of working here

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Los Gatos, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Los Gatos, CA

    Pros

    1. Pay is good, and for some tough to fill roles, pay is very good.
    2. The stock option plan is a good deal.
    3. A number of policies treat people like adults (dress code, attendance, and vacation/holidays). You can take as much time off as you want, as long as you get your job done.
    4. A number of smart people get hired.
    5. The industry is growing very fast.
    6. Well known brand with instant street recognition.
    7. Facilities are pretty good.

    Cons

    1. Look at the comments on this site around turnover, treating people poorly, sick culture, and weak senior leadership. These are all very accurate.
    2. No training, management training, or development. The philosophy is if you don’t have what we need, we will replace you (i.e., fire you for not being a “good fit”) with someone from the outside who has that.
    3. Hourly jobs in particular have stagnant pay.
    4. There are no bonuses or incentives.
    5. The culture has serious problems.
      a. You will see countless references on this site to a “culture of fear”. This is widespread in every department and division. Even executives laugh that their time is numbered. A company that functions on fear is not a place for the long term. When everyone in a room is asked do they fear being fired and everyone says yes, that is a big problem.
      b. A culture of watching your back and stabbing others in the back. Many employees, including C level people, participate and have learned that tossing others under the bus, keeps them safe. They see this as a way to protect themselves from scrutiny from above. Employees and managers are all too comfortable talking about what is not working with a person. The 360 review process reinforces this. Those who have been there the longest are almost soulless with regard to firings. They have fired or seen so many people let go that they don’t really care anymore.
    6. You can be fired without warning, feedback, or any coaching. Most employees don’t bring any personal belongings to work as they could be let go at any moment. It is often a surprise.
    7. Do not move for a job with Netflix. If your partner or spouse doesn’t work, you could be risking your families financial health. There is no job security regardless of how good you are. Performance does not equal security at Netflix.
    8. Managers have a 1 year shelf life before they get shown the door. Directors and VPs are constantly evaluating managers, so anytime you make a mistake, are perceived not to be cutting edge, it could be your turn.
    9. HR’s job is to hire and show people the door. HR brags about how good they are at firing people. They don’t help employees, nor are they there to help employees become better. Their role is simply to ensure the company doesn’t get sued and headhunt for all the people that are turning over.
    10. Managers main role is making their team better through constrantly looking for their weaker employees. Leaders are asked could they hire someone better. Of course the answer will always be yes.
    11. No severance package is enough to compensate you for disruption in your career, moving, or the stress that comes without having a job.
    12. The recruiting function will hire you fast. The idea is to keep you excited, but if you are reading this don’t get caught up in the Netflix product of movies—look at whether this is actually a place you want to work.
    13. It’s incredibly stressful and life-shortening for you and your loved ones. Why work at a place where people, including your hiring managers, treat you as completely disposable?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Change out your HR leadership. They are in love with the culture, but they are creating an unhealthy long term environment. Once the economy picks up you will not be able to treat people as poorly as you do.
    2. Change the culture of fear. Install real coaching, feedback, and performance reviews so employees can feel comfortable doing their jobs.
    3. Do some employee surveys to learn the real thoughts of your front line team.
    4. Stop the turnover that is higher than comparable companies.
    5. Reed, if you are not a people person, hire some people who are. You will get better performance from people who are not in constant fear of being fired. You can still remove weak performers, but don’t make even your best employees fear for their jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Management is asleep at the wheel

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Los Gatos, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Los Gatos, CA

    Pros

    Free lunch, good salary, nice commute

    Cons

    Poor performance of colleagues, very poor management, very poor planning

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    80% of your employees hurt you, the other 20% are mistreated. Fix this.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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