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Know yourself, then manage your path accordingly

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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 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.

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  1. 4 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
  2. Great place to work if you're a self-starter

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Gatos, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Gatos, CA

    I have been working at Netflix full-time

    Pros

    Fast-pace, great compensation, open communication

    Cons

    Chaotic at times and could use more structure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Freedom is great but don't forget the responsibility part

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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