Netflix Reviews

Updated March 24, 2015
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  1. 7 people found this helpful

    Worst place I've ever worked

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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 (more than a year)

    Pros

    None. Maybe the pay but I received a better offer from my current employer.

    Cons

    Political, bureaucratic, catty, micro-managing environment. Inexperienced management. No growth opportunities. Absolutely zero work life balance. Please do yourself a favor and listen to the other reviews on here and work literally anywhere else.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 9 people found this helpful

    Freedom and responsibility...at a great cost

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Netflix

    Pros

    They will pay you handsomely (while you remain employed) and keep you well-fed. You will also gain a great deal of insight into the subscription video on demand business. Colleagues are generally competent, although at the higher levels there appears to be a greater tolerance for incompetence, which is not surprising given that management by termination appears to be the way of the world here. Good resume name for future job search efforts - which you'll need once you're fired.

    Cons

    The employees who survive and thrive in the Netflix "hire and fire" culture of fear are literally the coldest, meanest, least personable group of individuals I have ever encountered in my life (although in full disclosure, I have never worked with anyone in ISIS). Arrogant, condescending, mean-spirited, hateful...and those traits describe the nicest people at Netflix. FYI guys - asking a pregnant woman who just informed her boss that she'll be taking maternity leave - albeit jokingly, haha - whether she can terminate her pregnancy in order to get ready for a feature launch is neither funny nor clever. It is sad, misogynistic and illegal. Management created this culture and have successfully fooled Silicon Valley sycophants (and, sadly, far too many over-eager employee recruits like me) into buying this routine for over a decade. I should know, I was one of them. I believed in that farce of a culture deck and bought into the "freedom & responsibility" pablum they feed you almost constantly once you join. It is all false nonsense. If you're insecure, passive-aggressive, easily threatened by colleagues with brains/personality/character/all of the above, then by all means, go for it. There are ~200 open positions at any given time you can apply for. The employees who are stuck in overpaid positions have no choice but to defend their company, under penalty of termination and fear of earning a 1/3 of their salary elsewhere. But you have choices. And if you have a shred of decency, humanity or character, look elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management doesn't care about anything anyone says on Glassdoor, but here's my suggestion - start donating all of your revenue (not profits, since you have none) to charity, and at least attempt to undo all of the bad karma and ill will you have created throughout the years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 5 people found this helpful

    I didn't like it to much

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Farmington Hills, MI
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Farmington Hills, MI

    I worked at Netflix

    Pros

    Fun environment if you are young

    Cons

    Hours, people, survey, they tell you they don't car about your outside life

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more mature people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 7 people found this helpful

    Horrible working conditions

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Netflix

    Pros

    The free account was pretty good.

    Cons

    Managment has no idea what they are doing!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 13 people found this helpful

    Lord of the Flies, Inc.

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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 (more than a year)

    Pros

    Everything that has already been said on this site about compensation is true. If you're lucky enough to stay under the radar long enough, you will be paid well enough to maybe finance a startup venture on the side, or eventually take a more humane job elsewhere for a better work-life balance, or contribute meaningfully to charitable endeavors etc. You also get a good name on your resume that recruiters will be overly impressed by. Newsflash - inflated stock prices and lavish content spending are not a reflection of company quality.

    Cons

    Make no mistake - Netflix is not for life. You will leave, most likely on their terms (and the few who do try to leave on their own are dealt with in... other ways). But consider yourself fortunate - those "lucky" few who do stay for the long haul have fates worse than death. They become trapped in an inhumane culture of fear that rejects simple human values like decency and interpersonal camaraderie in favor of vicious, Machiavellian "management by termination," until they begin to embody that culture themselves. At Netflix needy, power-hungry executives smart enough to realize they will never - ever- replicate the salaries Netflix pays them anywhere else in industry hold on to those positions for dear life, while brutalizing and undermining anything and anyone perceived to stand in their way, including their subordinates. Awful, awful place. An executive, in a rare moment of candor (perhaps aided and abetted by one too many drinks) once compared the Netflix culture to "Lord of the Flies." Trust me - you would rather spend the rest of your life with the Lord of the Flies kids than spend even 5 minutes working for Netflix. Life is short...let these people remain in their toxic cocoon and face judgment when the time comes. You have options - go do something important, surrounded by people you actually like. I mean, all of this vile behavior, toxicity and heartache for bad library content and overpriced, overhyped originals??

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire good lawyers for when everything falls apart (and it will) and the lawsuits and SEC investigations begins.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 13 people found this helpful

    Complete no no for international candidates.May be ok for citizens.

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

    I worked at Netflix

    Pros

    Good compensation.Free coffee.All very smart people.

    Cons

    Company policy is written clearly.They fire you the moment you are not extraordinary.
    Layoffs everyday for weird reasons.Once you are used you are thrown away.For international candidates with H1 and stuff it can cause real problems switching H1B visa quickly so definitely not worth the risk.
    For citizens it can be ok if you can work 24*7 and want a handsome salary in return.Although if you are talented you may be better off joining a startup with some nice stock options as netflix stock has already risen so much so net appreciation is not that great now or worse even go down.
    For 25-30K per year its not worth the stress and your health.Better join a startup for better work as well as better chances of stock appreciation.
    Unlimited vacation policy mean zero vacation as if you take vacation you are fired.
    All smart people and culture of fear mean they conflict over every line of code you write and will try to put you down for everything and make sure you are not performing better than them.Toxic environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Its not a startup anymore so it does not have the same charm or stock.Also your work is pretty ordinary as compared to google , facebook or linkedin etc .Think before you say that we will hire every employee better than the previous one.Why would the better employee join you instead of joining a startup or a more peaceful or better culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 20 people found this helpful

    No Job security. Poor Management!

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    Former Employee - Senior Position in Los Gatos, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Position in Los Gatos, CA

    I worked at Netflix full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great Pay. Benefits and perks. Catered Food.

    Cons

    No proper training. No room for error or else you will get fired culture. Politics. Arrogant Managers.
    I worked at Netflix for almost 5 years and I've always had great feedback during 360 reviews except for 1 person. That person who was new to the company gave me a bad review last year and that's the reason I lost my job. My manager made that review as a back-up to lay me off and totally lied that I am no longer fit for the job. Feeling betrayed and unjustly fired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be aware.. What goes around comes around!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful

    Customer Service Representative

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Free Netflix (8 DVD plan + streaming), benefits, time off policies.

    Cons

    They treat you like a "Number" instead of a person, definitely need a "thick skin" for this job, Expect to work odd hours if you don't have seniority for choosing shifts.

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

    Not a great place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Netflix

    Pros

    Compensation was good. That's about it.

    Cons

    Management is horrible. Bumbling idiots. They only know two ways to address a problem. Write an algorithm or fire people. It's a culture of firing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 13 people found this helpful

    Stay Away

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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 (less than a 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

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