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5 people found this helpful  

Used to be much better! Wait for some senior management changes before you consider.

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Former Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Los Gatos, CA
Former Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Los Gatos, CA

I worked at Netflix

Pros

Freedom to use latest technology. Large customer base. Smart engineers. Profitable company able to hire and properly resource development effort. Well known brand. Product is loved by most customers, and available just about everywhere. Competition is behind. Clear leader in unlimited streaming.

Cons

Senior leadership very confused. Communication from the top done very poorly. Lots of knee-jerk reactions and fire drills. Software complexity is very high, but cross functional coordination is poor. Poor management of growth. Lots of really bad decisions made. Hired too fast in 2010-2011 (and added too many mediocre managers), and now they are paying the price.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Break up the old boys club and bring in skilled senior management from the outside who know how to run a global company at scale. Engineering talent is good, but current management is lacking ability to handle the company's growth and properly leverage the talent.

Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 15 people found this helpful  

    Revisiting my review after working here for a while. There are better, rewarding careers out there.

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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

    Pros

    It's a decent JOB (emphasis on purpose) if you are looking for a heads down, monotonous coding job. If you can manage a decent amount of work and the perspective, you will have a stable pay check.

    Cons

    I was sold on all the culture stuff and drank the cool-aid at first. After spending a lot f time at Netflix, my perspective has changed for the worse. What good is the sales pitch if you can't deliver.

    Some organizations are terrible (i am not talking about IT/ back-office type group) when it comes to recognizing people, allowing (forget about encouraging) their growth. No carrer, no recognition. In a way, its a career dead-end. Its a JOB.

    Recent break-neck hiring has bought in a TON of managers (e.g. instead of bringing in 1 project manager, they've hired >1 managers). Believe it or not, it takes 4 times the amount of meetings (compared to 2 years ago at Netflix) to get 1/2 of what we used to get done in the same period of time.

    Today, all of the talk about culture (except firing people for no good reason), freedom etc are just BS.

    No family insurance (medical, dental etc). Company only pays for the employee but in reality, they don't care.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Apparently, top management (who've been at Netflix forever) thinks engineers who's been at Netflix for more than a couple of years is ineligible move into a management role because they won't be able to hire people. Seriously. Again, this seems to be applied differently in different organizations.

    i would love to hear from the management about what data they have to back this up this bs.

    Another career killer: Hire people who 'know' their job i.e. an engineer converting to a manager means that person has to 'learn' how to be a manager. Given all the recent (Q4 2011) news about Netflix, decide for yourself about the management 'knowing'.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    used to be a great place, but every year things get taken away, like paid vacation/holidays.

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    Current Employee - Netflix Employee in Lansing, MI
    Current Employee - Netflix Employee in Lansing, MI

    I have been working at Netflix

    Pros

    getting a pay check is all you have to look forward to.

    Cons

    management doesnt appreciate hard work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    employees are the blood and veins of netflix. start treating them like it. without employees you're worthless.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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