Netflix Reviews

Updated October 3, 2014
Updated October 3, 2014
412 Reviews
3.6
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Netflix Founder, Chairman and CEO Reed Hastings
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Pros
  • Work atmosphere is awesome with lot of freedom and responsibility (in 30 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. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not as great as they make it out to be

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Hillsboro, OR
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Hillsboro, OR

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

    Pros

    *Free netflix
    *Nice facility that is kept up well
    *Usual set work schedule
    *Pays a few dollars more than most places

    Cons

    During training they make you think that as long as you are taking feedback they give you then there is no worries about the score of the percentage of people that say "no" to the survey. In all reality though the survey rules everything. Even if you helped the person on the phone to the best of your abilities, we're super nice, educated them about the problem and they thought you were an awesome person by time you were done talking to the Customer is still going to say No to the survey if they are annoyed with how netflix works because the survey doesn't ask if the person on the phone helped you today? It asks are you satsified with your netflix experience. So, there was a lot of frustration where they had a lot of people listen to you and none of them could really tell you what you could have done better in that call to make the person say yes to the survey. So, they give you tips like start every call differently instead of opening the call the same way or saying the customer's name over and over to help them feel like they have a connection with you to say yes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop focusing so much on if some one says no to the survey if you're not going to specifically ask if the representative helped the customer. I am sure they have fired a lot of good people due to the survey.

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

    The company is decline

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    paid well. work long hours without vacation.

    Cons

    The culture is bad. They claim they only hiring superstar, but superstars will not go to the company, the engineer quality is so-so.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your culture is not that great. You company just like Enron

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Run from this place as fast as you can

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Hillsboro, OR
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Hillsboro, OR

    I worked at Netflix full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good pay, decent benefits. At least it's not Cambodia

    Cons

    There are so many I don't know where to start.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees as assets, not like the doormats you wipe your boots on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Keep looking

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Beaverton, OR
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Beaverton, OR

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

    Pros

    The pay is above average. The environment is kept very clean. The dress code is very relaxed.

    Cons

    Everything else about the job. I worked for Netflix for 3 months and had to quit. I have never left a job so quickly. It's that bad. You know you're in a culture of fear when the person training your group talks about how they were nearly fired. I was told I would be let go during training if I didn't "improve". The problem is they were incapable of telling me what needed "improving". I've worked in customer service for over a decade and never been exposed to such a fear based culture. If you read other reviews of Netflix you'll find that most people have had a similar experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop throwing your customer service under the bus.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 17 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

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

    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
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Very good learning experience at a cost of a lot of heartache

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Supervisor III in Hillsboro, OR
    Former Employee - Customer Service Supervisor III in Hillsboro, OR

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

    Pros

    Pay and benefits. They typically pay above scale and provide benefits from the time you become a full time employee.

    Cons

    Management, on several occasions missed their mark on several key initiatives in the center. Specifically they never had a clue what was happening on the floor in regards to employee satisfaction and were never involved in developing employees to rank up.

    "Manage up or out" was stated on several occasions and this approach is what developed a culture of fear in the call center. High turnover is never a positive motivating factor and management was quick to let go of the people who stood against that ideal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would share advice but management seems to agree with Hastings' approach of shooting from the hip and not listening to his trusted advisors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Operations Manager-DVD Hub

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    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Netflix full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Completely on your own for running the business, making day to day decisions on employees (hiring and firing)

    Cons

    High pressure, high stress, little to no room for advancement. High turnover in the management ranks and the front line employees get almost no benefuts. You have unlimited vacation but never get a chance to use it. Micromanaged by every person above you unless things fgo wrong-then you are on your won.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have great managers int he feild. Let them do the job you hired them to, reward them for the 10-14 hour days, and set back and reap the harvest of their efforts in the feild. Also, as many hub managers as you have turnover, you might need to look at the operational set-up and ask yourself why the average lifesapn of a manager is 12-18 months!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    I quit first day out of training!

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative

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

    Pros

    The pay is competitive for the position

    Cons

    Their training and tools are awful

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Their call center is a meat grinder

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Hillsboro, OR
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Hillsboro, OR

    I have been working at Netflix full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Free Netflix account. You also get free self-worth and self-esteem draining sessions with management.

    Cons

    Insane high turn-over. Lack of support from management..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Lost their way

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer

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

    Pros

    - top of market base salary
    - 4 DVD out plan is free
    - do not penny pinch on equipment, get whatever you want.

    Cons

    - freedom and responsbility is their mantra when you're hired, but it is not practiced by new managers.
    - people get fired all the time for disagreeing or questioning management on anything.
    - On some teams(mine, not all) there was no collaboration in design between managers and programmers. The managers designed it and the only freedom the programmers had was to develop it exactly in that manner. If you disagreed with the design, you guessed it: your fired.
    - even star performers routinely get the axe. Others remaining are understandably nervous about their jobs.
    - so called stock plan makes no sense at all. Only plan I've ever heard of where an employee has to risk his own money to participate.
    - benefits are awful if you have a family. It cost me $800/month to have medical and dental for the family of 4. If your single, your completely covered.
    - no vacation paid when you leave. This is also a plus in a way though. Netflix does not track vacation time at all. If you take too much though, you will get fired without warning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - take off that powerpoint presentation from jobs.netflix.com about the Netflix culture. It no longer applies. Netflix has turned into the mature company that is envisioned in the slide deck. Star performers no longer want to work there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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