Netflix
3.2 of 5 376 reviews
www.netflix.com Los Gatos, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

Netflix Reviews

Updated Apr 4, 2014
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71% Approve of the CEO

Netflix Founder, Chairman and CEO Reed Hastings

Reed Hastings

(295 ratings)

51% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Work atmosphere is awesome with lot of freedom and responsibility"
    in 27 reviews
  • "Good Pay & Fact paced work environment"
    in 17 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 15 reviews
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You will experience freedom and responsibility

Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Los Gatos, CA

I have been working at Netflix full-time for more than a year

ProsHands down the best place I've ever worked. They treat you like an adult. You are allowed to determine your path at the company and given the freedom to do what you think is best. You are also awarded with above-market salaries.

ConsPeople who need a lot of hand holding will not do well.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing what you are doing.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Excellent company to work for

Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Los Gatos, CA

I have been working at Netflix full-time for more than 3 years

ProsIncredibly talented coworkers, opportunity to make a difference (your work is really seen in other parts of the company), very interesting area of work, top company in the world in its field, excellent compensation.

ConsVery specific areas of work, it might be difficult to transition to other groups or do anything different if you are not a fit.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Bright people who are fun to work with in very high-performance culture

Vice President (Former Employee)
Los Gatos, CA

I worked at Netflix full-time for more than 5 years

ProsWalk the walk consistent with the well-articulated culture.
Very focused.
Clear, well-articulated strategy with very good execution against it.
Very transparent, both internally and externally.

ConsA bit of a culture of fear articulated as "the sniper in the building" as some new hires and long-time employees are either bad fit or fail to grow, and are subsequently let go. Culture emphasizes experimentation, which includes needed organizational experiments, and this type of experimentation also reinforces the fear. Again, most of this well-articulated in culture deck, so no surprise.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep hiring and growing stars across all areas of the company.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Excellent work environment

Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Los Gatos, CA

I have been working at Netflix full-time for less than a year

ProsThe best part about working at Netflix is the people. I've worked at both Microsoft and Amazon before coming to Netflix, and the people at Netflix are of a higher quality. Each person seems to be very good at what they do, and I feel like I can learn from them. I never realized before what a joy it is to work with great people. Other great things about Netflix are high salary and free meals.

ConsThere isn't much of a career path. If you want to be a manager or director, you might not have much success at Netflix. I view Netflix as a place where people come to work during the day and then go home to their families at night.

Advice to Senior ManagementMake the stock price go back up!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Demanding and rewarding

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Los Gatos, CA

I have been working at Netflix full-time for more than 10 years

ProsNetflix expects the best of everyone, pushes us to be as great as possible, and is extremely candid with feedback and advice to help realize that objective.

ConsDon't expect to kick back - it's a demanding environment. That said, it's not ell encompassing - there's room for a real life outside work too.

Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on the future, and don't regret lessons learned from the past.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Fantastic place to work, but don't put your phone down

Operations Manager (Current Employee)

I have been working at Netflix full-time for more than 5 years

ProsVery smart, talented coworkers
Tons of opportunity if you're willing to work for it
One of the most open companies I've ever worked for
Moves fast, usually makes the right decisions
Still a great value despite all that price increase business
Willing to admit they've made mistakes and change direction if need be

ConsOn the job 24/7
Occasional whiplash changes in direction for major projects
You'll see some really smart, talented people let go from time to time, due to reorgs, etc.

Advice to Senior ManagementFix your PR problem

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Highly aligned teams, excellent talent, driven by data

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I have been working at Netflix full-time for more than a year

Pros- Stellar Teams
- Freedom and responsibility = hire adults, no micromanagement
- Career track is what you make of it
- Excellent salary
- Transparent communication, no surprises or waiting when it comes to feedback
- Small teams

ConsThe high bar, could be a con to some..

Advice to Senior ManagementExcellent choices, prioritization and attention to the best user experience

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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The best design culture I have ever been in.

Creative Director (Current Employee)
Los Gatos, CA

I have been working at Netflix full-time for more than 5 years

ProsInnovation is not hampered by unnecessary process. Designs are not approved by executives or committee they are approved by the users. This is an environment that promotes creativity.

ConsYou must be able to let your work go. For every test that wins 4 other designs fail. Being able to learn from designs that fail is difficult to do when you are emotionally invested in them.

Advice to Senior ManagementGive highly talented, less experienced, candidates an opportunity to interview. Raw talent, in a fully formed adult, at a great company yields great results.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Best place I have ever worked

Director of Engineering (Current Employee)
Los Gatos, CA

I have been working at Netflix full-time for more than 5 years

ProsLeading edge technology, not afraid to do things differently if it makes sense, agile and low process overhead for getting things done. Clear focus on a simple business model, with clear responsibilities and freedom on how to deliver.

ConsYou have to be comfortable with rapid change, ambiguity and have enough self confidence to cope with the culture. It's not a place for people who like to know what the rules are and follow them.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great Company

Operations Manager (Former Employee)
Phoenix, AZ

I worked at Netflix full-time for more than 5 years

ProsAwesome pay and great benefits

ConsLong hours, very early mornings

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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