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Updated January 21, 2015
Updated January 21, 2015
433 Reviews
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Netflix Founder, Chairman and CEO Reed Hastings
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work atmosphere is awesome with lot of freedom and responsibility (in 31 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.  

    Very Employee Friendly

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Supervisor in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Operations Supervisor in Richmond, VA

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

    Pros

    Great pay, time off, benefits compensation. Awesome hours. They promote teamwork among their employees. Upper Management has open door policy and they are extremly approachable.

    Cons

    DVD side of the company is getting smaller due to more new customers utilizing the streaming service.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the level of interactivity with the employees. Shows everyone that they are valuable to the company and they are recognized

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

    The most rewarding environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Los Gatos, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Los Gatos, CA

    I have been working at Netflix full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Incredibly talented, smart, driven coworkers across every function of the organization. Unusually organized and efficiently run. Feel lucky if you get the opportunity to be part of such an amazing place and such an incredible time. It is rare.

    Cons

    New head of Talent is not the right person to be leading and shaping the culture of Netflix. There are many concerns echoed about her throughout the company and worries that with her at the helm, the sacred secret sauce will start to spoil.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be critical throughout the leadership team in addition to the rest of the organization when it comes to A players. Also, it might be time to step back and reevaluate the way compensation is structured. Many folks have voiced being frustrated and dissatisfied in their roles but acknowledge they are paid higher than anywhere else so chose to stay.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Best Job to date

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer in Los Gatos, CA
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer in Los Gatos, CA

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

    Pros

    Best company culture I have ever seen. "Freedom and Responsibility" is their guiding phrase here and it is true. They expect you to do you job and give you the freedom to do it as you see fit. Have never felt more empowered as a designer.

    Cons

    Can get political in certain situations, but it is a large organization. Makes you grow to understand the business side of things.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Overall it was a great experience, I loved working for Netflix

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Lansing, MI
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Lansing, MI

    I worked at Netflix full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The pay was great, they offer competitive wages for hourly supervisors and salary for the managers within the hub operations. You can advance quickly within the hub. They have wonderful tech support!! They promote great culture and great values within the hub. Most hubs have really great solid group of hourly employees, and management can have vacation pretty much whenever. Company poured gifts on the management at the annual meetings to show their appreciation! They have a really great HR team!

    Cons

    It was really tough to manage work life and home life, due to the crazy hours. You are there until the job is done for the day, so you never have an out time! Upper management beyond the hubs gets a little dicey! Upper management is full of people who only got hired because they knew the right people not because of their talent or embodiment of the company values, and because of that really poor decisions are made when it comes to hiring managers to run the hub operations and when to fire hub managers as well, but HR is there to keep most things in check, The annual management meetings are a giant frat party with an excess of drinking and the only way to get in with the upper management is to rub shoulders with them and drink alongside of them! It also was hard to respect your regionals in the morning after talking with them as they slur their words into a puddle of drool and can't even stand up by 930pm! ? Only other downside was they did pry into your personal life far too often? They wanna tell you who you can hang out with and don't want you fraternizing with anyone outside of work.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Netflix Finance

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager Content Accounting in Los Gatos, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager Content Accounting in Los Gatos, CA

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

    Pros

    1) Great culture and people.
    2) Lots of freedom with appropriate level of responsibility.
    3) Pay top of market.
    4) No vacation policy which adds to the freedom.
    5) Love the business we're in and how we're changing an industry
    6) No politics or at least not very noticeable
    7) Again, great people!

    Cons

    1) No more ESPP offered

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1) Bring back ESPP

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 6 people found this helpful  

    Big company with the heart of a startup

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    • Career Opportunities
    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

    Pros

    -Lots of room for innovation. The technologies are fairly new and broad, and there is no bureaucracy and requirements to get approval from top management. Innovation can start at the IC level.
    -Great compensation. Talent is rewarded generously. I started the job on a large salary, then within 6 months, my manager decided to give me a hefty raise to reward my contributions.
    -Nice work environment: bleeding edge hardware, new devices always available to play with even before they hit the market, kitchenette well stocked with snacks, drinks and fruits
    -Smart coworkers
    -Transparency about company strategies all the way from exec level to you direct lead level

    Cons

    -This company isn't great for people who are starting their career. Training is minimal, and the expectation is that you take educating and training yourself into your own hands, which could be a bit of a challenge to some. If you do not possess the knowledge and the talent to be a good problem solver, don't expect management to train you on solving things.
    -Job stability could be a concern at times - but as long as you continue to innovate, and stay professional, it shouldn't be a big concern
    -The packaged free lunch isn't on par with the buffets at other silicon valley software companies like Facebook and Google - but it's still free though, so can't complain much

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We're the reigning champions of video delivery, to all platforms. We reach more than 25 million households. We have so much potential for developing new innovations. Invest more in research and trials of radically new ideas. I'm not talking about incremental improvements to the streaming experience, I'm talking about making our customers say "WOW!", I'm talking about disrupting markets. Take risks! But please don't make another Quikster - that was pretty stupid, like you all said :)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 7 people found this helpful  

    Know yourself, then manage your path accordingly

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Brilliant co-workers, opportunities to have a direct impact, minimal nit-picking bureaucracy or corporate policies, dynamic energy as the company continually evolves. Company does pretty well as removing doofuses and not hiring jerks. For the saavy employee, you can move into some great opportunities as the company grows and adapts. Upper management is very transparent (even when sometimes they don't make the best call -- e.g. Qwikster).

    Cons

    Dynamic environment does not work for a 'do my work and go home' employee or those who just want to show up and be told what to do. Middle and lower management can be a crap shoot -- seek out a great boss (there's many at Netflix) and avoid the bad ones (unfortunately, Netflix has those too). There is a level of 'playing the game' but not to an extent that I'd say is greater than anywhere else. Corporate philosophy does not emphasize coaching (but does not ban it) -- so you need to seek out your own mentors or strengthen your team (if you're a lead) by figuring out career/skills grown on your own.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    NA

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - BI Architect in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - BI Architect in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Great salary , cool company and flexible working hours

    Cons

    chaos everywhere and hire and fire policy

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    You will experience freedom and responsibility

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than a year)

    Pros

    Hands down the best place I've ever worked. They treat you like an adult. You are allowed to determine your path at the company and given the freedom to do what you think is best. You are also awarded with above-market salaries.

    Cons

    People who need a lot of hand holding will not do well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Excellent company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Incredibly talented coworkers, opportunity to make a difference (your work is really seen in other parts of the company), very interesting area of work, top company in the world in its field, excellent compensation.

    Cons

    Very specific areas of work, it might be difficult to transition to other groups or do anything different if you are not a fit.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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