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Don't take the bait

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Former Employee - Operations Manager
Former Employee - Operations Manager

I worked at Netflix

Pros

Insurance is good, if you do not have a family. If you insure your whole family, it eats up half of your paycheck.

Cons

Worst cases of CYA I have ever seen. Upper managers take credit for your ideas. You are told one thing, then something entirely different happens. Communication is a joke. They like to promote so called "values" however, these values are simply words on the wall.It is not worth working 75-80 hours a week, and to be expected to be on call 24/7/365. Your family will be pushed aside, your health, and don't expect to be able to have a social life outside the company.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Get over yourselves. When you ask for feedback, but then on't hear what you want to hear; that is not a license to fire someone. You are going against your own "values" when you treat people this way.

Doesn't Recommend
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  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    Make Sure You Know What You're Getting Into

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Netflix

    Pros

    - Detailed communication regarding how the business works and what the thinking is behind planning and strategy. Sharing of detailed data across functions helps to develop an organizational underestanding and grow most individual's business acumen.
    - The thrill of working for a company that has an overall positive reputation as a business and that people are passionate about.
    - The possibility and inspiration of some of the cultural ideals, especially around valuing competence, and clear, no-nonsense communication around expectations and performance.
    - The cash compensation, and the flexibility of being able to participate in a variety of benefit offerings such as the stock option program.
    - Perks for corporate staff - no limits around time off, catered lunches daily, quarterly employee meeting

    Cons

    - The high level of politics in an environment that is supposed to be culturally structured to be without them.
    - You won't get pats on the back or other appreciation for strong performance. This is fine, people can and should self-motivate. The problem is with the flip-side of performance perception. What it takes to be considered a performance problem is often really minor stuff. The ability to provide an appropriate level of feedback (something should come in between being told that you are doing fine and the announcement that you are fired) and the recognition that sometimes people can be successfully coached beyond a performance problem is completely lacking.
    - The much-touted culture is focused solely on salaried employees. There is no truly defined alternate culture specific to the hub operations or call center groups, nor is there buy-in or backing that it would be beneficial to those groups to put a priority on building and driving culture. Doesn't have to be the same as what's published for the exempt people, but there should be an organized approach to hourly employee culture too.
    - Hourly employees also have vastly different treatment in terms of rewards. Far from having daily catered lunches like the exempt staff does, there is an extreme emphasis put on eliminating "extras" and continually cutting costs in the hourly employee world. Some is reasonable but some is just going beyond what's necessary and seems like the cuts are made more to devalue the employees than to save the company money. Hourly emplyoees also receive no time-off accrual or paid holidays.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Check your assumptions around the culture. Ask whether it is implemented as intended, or if it is missing the mark. When it comes to moving to separate people who are "not performing," ask whether there's a clear understanding of what that means, and whether there's a possibility that the culture is being used as a knee-jerk reaction to challenges, rather than finding ways to effectively coach and solve problems.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Fast paced environment.

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    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

    I worked at Netflix

    Pros

    You will get to work with some exceptionally talented and intelligent people. People who do well at Netflix tend to drive their own career path.

    Cons

    Constant changes in direction and many reorgs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    On occasion the reorgs and constant changes in direction seem a bit reactionary. Perhaps taking a bit more time to consider before implementing might be in order.

    No opinion of CEO
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