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Can be fun, can be awful

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Los Gatos, CA

I worked at Netflix

ProsIt was an interesting experience working at Netflix. I was lured by the supposedly high talent density, solving great customer focused problems and bringing entertainment to people around the world at an absolutely unprecedented scale. I thought that technology would be used to solve difficult problems but in the end the problems to be solved are all around content, content, content. It is fun, though, to work at Netflix. The company is extremely open and transparent with data, decisions and the overall direction of the company. There are no secrets. It is very refreshing to see such an attitude; compare that to Apple.

ConsYes, there are interesting things to solve in cloud computing but discovery, search, personalization, and the overall architecture of the Netflix website can only be described as patchwork. The people who are working on these services are stuck in their ways and are protecting their personal little kingdoms. Netflix used to be leading when it comes to personalization and other discovery mechanisms. It has lost its ways and now those areas are a few years behind the competition.
On a related note Netflix praises itself to have extremely talented people. This might have been the case but the talent density is certainly not the same as it used to be. A lot of the good people left recently and a lot of the deadwood hangs around because they will never be able to get a comparable salary elsewhere. There are the occasional firings going on but that is just scratching the surface. Because Netflix does not believe in career development (active or through mechanisms like 20% time) for their people it is hard to keep up with the competition.

Advice to Senior ManagementHave a really close look at the talent in the company. There are a lot of people who are making architectural decisions who really shouldn't. Also while content is important discovery, personalization, search, etc. are equally important. If nobody can find your content you failed.

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Powerful brand, unpleasant place to work

Senior Manager (Former Employee)
Los Gatos, CA

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Pros: Great brand Disciplined Focused Good at execution and keeping schedules Cons: Performance driven culture = culture of fear and suppression Few chances for development or advancement Management does not seem… Advice to Senior Management: Be more humble Use more advanced technology Manage down instead of expecting… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More

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The marketing and PR team is lost

Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Los Gatos, CA

I worked at Netflix


Pros: The engineers are the smartest most capable bunch I have… Cons: The executives have no clue how to run the company. Their success is based… Advice to Senior Management: Get a new marketing and PR team. More

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