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Netflix Reviews in Beverly Hills, CA

Updated Mar 6, 2014
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3.4 10 reviews

86% Approve of the CEO

Netflix Founder, Chairman and CEO Reed Hastings

Reed Hastings

(7 ratings)

67% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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Pros
  • Freedom and Responsibility" is their guiding phrase here and it is true (in 29 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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    4 people found this helpful  

    Netflix hires the best and brightest but realize that you are hired for one job and vertical movement is unlikely.

    Manager (Current Employee) Beverly Hills, CA

    ProsThey hire great, hardworking people and the management is relentless and single focused in enforcing their mission statement and driving success in DVD rental by mail and online. Everyone who works there is of above average intelligence and ability and the jobs can be rewarding and demanding. They really do hire people who are autonomous and can own a process and you can rely on those around you to provide the support you need.

    ConsThey do not focus on career development and would prefer to hire someone from the outside to be your boss or replace you rather than groom you to grow into a more senior position. There are a couple of core values that they preach but do not really follow through on. There is a very different culture between the LA office and the HQ which feels inconsistent with their value system.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTheir vision and focus is top notch and they do not need much help in achieving success in those areas. They should focus a little more on treating their people a little better and not churning through so many very competent people. also as they grow they need to realize that some of their values are difficult to maintain. for instance, they make some claims about being a flat organization but this is far from the truth.

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    1 person found this helpful  

    Very Different Culture

    Content Team (Former Employee) Beverly Hills, CA

    ProsWork with highly intelligent individuals, free lunches, snacks sodas. your peers are great people that you will enjoy spending time around. On the peer level it is a very welcoming atmosphere.

    ConsWork Life balance is horrible, no room to grow or it takes 8+ years. Extremely high turn over whether it be employees leaving or arbitrary 'Lay Offs'

    Advice to Senior ManagementNo advice - it would be a waste of breath. Management, gets their orders from way above your level. It's a very, very large corporation where advice or ideas aren't welcomed.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    11 people found this helpful  

    Most of the negative reviews on this site are accurate.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Beverly Hills, CA

    ProsBetter than average pay
    Unlimited vacation
    Free lunch and snacks

    ConsNo upward mobility
    Frequent restructuring
    Cliquishness
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    Netflix makes no secret about it's high performance culture, which results in a very high turnover. Average life expectancy in this office is about 2 years, which means very often the main knowledge base of a department exists when an employee is terminated (not always for fair reasons) or chooses to leave since there is no room to grow. There are conflicting values and many managers don't practice what Netflix preaches. If you associate with the right people, this can help your career, but it is disappointing that office politics factors so heavily into a company that preaches how different they are from other corporate cultures. Yes, it's great we all get Blackberries or iPhones (and are reachable 24/7) and have a liberal vacation policy, but the aura of paranoia that invades the office due to the frequent restructurings is not conducive to successful business practices.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe culture in the main headquarters in San Jose is different and very disconnected from the BH office. Getting on the same page would help as would treating your employees with more respect.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    8 people found this helpful  

    great company, limited career opportunities

    Manager (Current Employee) Beverly Hills, CA

    Prosflexible vacation policy (days are not tracked)
    nice office with great technology (free drinks/sodas/snacks)
    interesting work
    free subscription
    work with extremely competent colleagues (high performance culture)
    great online dot com experience
    company is well-respected

    Consno career path, limited opportunities for career advancement (those at the top stay, mid-level to entry-level employees tend to leave after a few years)
    very competitive work environment (high performance culture)
    high pressure, high stress (high performance culture)
    not enough support, work a lot of hours
    management is (openly) not concerned with morale (if you don't like it, leave)
    no job security (they are quick to lay off mediocre performers)

    Advice to Senior ManagementMorale is important

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    12 people found this helpful  

    Netflix is a great place to work for a couple of years and get on your resume, then leave for the next opportunity

    Manager (Current Employee) Beverly Hills, CA

    Pros- Netflix treats their employees like adults, giving them both "freedom & responsibility" (a favorite company catchphrase) to do their jobs. Not hampered by lots of processes or structure, employees are empowered to find the best and most direct solutions to their problems
    - Great work environment that's casual but high performance. The emphasis is on results, and not on face time in the office. If you need to take time off or work from home, you can, as long as your work gets done
    - Full of really smart, fun people. You get the chance to work with a lot of highly competent and impressive employees.
    - Typical benefits are fine (health insurance, etc.), but the extra perks are especially nice, such as no vacation limit and a generous hardware/gadget policy
    - It's nice to work for a brand that consumers love. People tend to get excited when they hear you work at Netflix.
    Overall, Netflix is one of the best work environments I've been in, except for a few major downsides ...

    Cons- There is essentially no career growth or promotions within the company. Most positions are filled externally, and people tend to stay in the exact same job for a couple of years before they get frustrated and leave. This is the number one employee complaint, which senior management knows about and seems to implicitly support
    - Very high turnover, due to both voluntary departures and frequent terminations. High pressure, high performance culture coupled with frequent firings often create a culture of fear
    - Titles are deflated one level lower than the rest of the industry. This is fine while at Netflix (compensation is usually appropriate for the work you do), but can be difficult once you want to leave Netflix and are looking for your next job
    - As a growing company, there are increasing office politics. Netflix is no longer a small start-up, and it's suffering its growing pains as it becomes a large, established company
    Overall, most employees love working at Netflix, but eventually get frustrated by the lack of career growth.

    Advice to Senior ManagementValue your employees as long-term assets, before you drive away great people. Good job in keeping Netflix a nimble, results-oriented place to work

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    10 people found this helpful  

    Get in, get experience, get out.

    Manager (Former Employee) Beverly Hills, CA

    ProsYou get to work on cool products, and your salary is relatively high for your job title. Also, most people that you work with are relatively competent and smart.

    ConsNo growth potential - they don't have a track and they don't put resources into grooming their employees. Get the experience you need for a few years and move on to grow your career. Also, the culture of the Beverly Hills office is different than in Los Gatos. This is largely due to management and the fact that the prevailing hiring and HR philosophies are not executed quite as they should be. Although management is generally on the mark in letting people go, there have been a few notable decisions that have not quite made sense. The review process leaves much to be desired, as it still does not accomplish the desired goal of identifying the "rock stars" and separating them from the less-productive. Also, it is very common for employees to be expected to carry the workload of several people, and action is usually only taken when something big ends up falling through the cracks.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees more, and be more in touch with personnel issues. What works for one group of employees doesn't necessarily work as well for another.

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    7 people found this helpful  

    Great for a couple of years

    Coordinator (Former Employee) Beverly Hills, CA

    ProsBenefits - good pay, stock purchase program, "unlimited" vacation days, free movies. Talent. The company is re-defining an industry by doing something that hasn't been done before.

    ConsNo opportunity for advancement; no promotion from within. Upper management is lacking leadership skills. A great performance has no effect on job security. Difficult to maintain work/life balance because of the high-pressure, "high performance" culture. Job titles are deflated, which means that when you leave the company and go back into the job market, you will have a hard time finding another job that will pay you as much for the same title.

    Advice to Senior ManagementValue all of your employees, including those at the bottom of the hierarchy. Reward loyalty and performance with regard to the way in which the individual wants to be rewarded.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    4 people found this helpful  

    Great for movie lovers without families

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Beverly Hills, CA

    ProsIf you love movies, this is a great place to be. Benefits and salary are very competitive. Lots of perks like free DVDS, snacks, drinks, etc. People are fun and creative.

    ConsDepending on what area you work in, your experience can be vastly different. You will watch your cubicle neighbor leave early to go to a movie, while you're late to pick up your kid from daycare because your manager thinks a 2-hour meeting should be scheduled for 5 p.m. and include the entire department, whether it's relevant to you or not. It's also really a sink or swim atmosphere - you even have to figure out how to find your own office supplies when you start.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAsk exiting employees why they're leaving!

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    Netflix builds careers and character.

    Don't Know Yet (Current Employee) Beverly Hills, CA

    ProsNetflix is a household name and is loved by its customers. From a professional standpoint, it is a company that encourages high performance, autonomy and effectiveness. Every employee at Netflix puts the company before himself/herself and is encouraged to voice his or her opinion. Our CEO, Reed Hastings, happens to be one of the most brilliant and innovative leaders of the industry and he always has an open door policy to his employees.

    ConsIt is extremely focused on the culture of its people. This is not exactly a downside but to certain individuals who are used to a structured corporate environment, this may not be the right place for them.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to disseminate information to your subordinates and always try to deliver positive reinforcement.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Netflix is-a company that truly encourages innovative thinking and risk taking.

    Vice President (Current Employee) Beverly Hills, CA

    ProsThe Cluture is the best at any company that I have worked, both big and small.

    ConsIt has very high turn-over.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone - best run company I have ever been exposed to.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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