Netflix Reviews in Los Gatos, CA

Updated September 4, 2014
Updated September 4, 2014
402 Reviews
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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.  

    Best Company I have worked at!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Los Gatos, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Gatos, CA

    I worked at Netflix full-time for 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
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Fast paced, intense environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Los Gatos, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Gatos, CA

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

    Pros

    -Really smart, motivated, and reliable team members
    -Great salary
    -You'll learn a lot from the people you work with
    -Fantastic product

    Cons

    -Senior management makes decisions without checking in with the SME's within the company.
    -People get fired much faster without much warning. If you have a good manager, you will be happy to have the people who aren't pulling their weight gone quickly without causing too many problems.
    -It's hard to leave the office during the day, if needed. There is a big focus on face time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Before implementing an idea, check with your highly compensated SME's.
    -Make sure you are listening to and keeping a pulse on your customers.
    -Give employees more trust so that the high performers don't constantly feel like they could be fired for any small mistake. This kind of fear leads to a nervous, management pleasing environment.

    Recommends
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  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Empowering place to work - Little bureaucracy for size

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

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

    Pros

    Company culture strives to minimize process in favor of trusting employees and giving them room to run. This results in an organization powered by experienced self-starters who are incredible people to learn from. It provides the maturity of a larger company with talented people, while still enabling considerable creative freedom. (Applies to Los Gatos HQ)

    Cons

    Coordination can sometimes be weak due to "loosely coupled" culture. It is very easy to get out of sync on goals and expectations with teammates and managers unless one is very vigilant and communicates well. Most managers try to adhere to the culture, but each deviates in their own idiosyncratic way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stronger cross-function consistency as regards to commitment to culture would be ideal. Product, Content, Marketing, and Finance have all substantially deviated in their own ways.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great pay

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent wages lots of autonomy

    Cons

    Too much turnover. Can be hard to get away from work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good company

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

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

    Pros

    Smart people, less politics, freedom to use resources

    Cons

    Lunches are not good. Only one performance review per year for a raise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They are very open on the information.

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

    Great company to work for

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

    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
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    No place like it!

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

    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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent

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

    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
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    A year at Netflix is equal to 2-3 years most other places -- talent density creates accomplishment density.

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    Current Employee - Director Engineering  in  Los Gatos, CA
    Current Employee - Director Engineering in Los Gatos, CA

    I have been working at Netflix full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Fast-moving. Few bureaucratic distractions. Willing to make big, disruptive changes quickly. The move to original content was smart and will propel growth well into the future.

    If you function well in a meritocracy, then you will likely be successful at Netflix.

    Cons

    They're getting big, and that growth is adding pressure to sacrifice some elements of their culture that made them unique and a desirable place to work.

    The quality of talent getting hired or promoted now is much less impressive than in the earlier years.

    The environment is increasingly political, which may be related to the hiring/promotion of more average, less-impressive employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Love my job

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    Current Employee - QA Engineer  in  Los Gatos, CA
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Los Gatos, CA

    I have been working at Netflix full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Constant Learning
    - Keeps me on my toes
    - not a process oriented company. Keeps things simple.

    Cons

    - moving too fast. Chasing a moving target.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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