Netflix Reviews in Los Gatos, CA

Updated September 29, 2014
Updated September 29, 2014
408 Reviews
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Pros
  • Work atmosphere is awesome with lot of freedom and responsibility (in 30 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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  1.  

    My time at Netflix

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    Former Employee - Quality Control  in  Los Gatos, CA
    Former Employee - Quality Control in Los Gatos, CA

    I worked at Netflix as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Netflix was very kind to me. The environment was very friendly and relaxed. They cared about my health by providing a healthy salad lunch on a daily basis and a well stocked snack room.

    Cons

    My biggest complaint was that I could not work there for a lengthier time. They were flexible with my real life emergencies and situation. The leadership listened and understood any concerns I may have had.

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    I hope you guys kept doing what you were doing.

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  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    * Freedom & Responsibility culture. Everyone in the company knows the company's direction well. We are responsible for helping the company move to the right direction and we are free to choose how to help the company.
    * Transparency. The management team spends time with everyone in the company explaining how the company operates.

    Cons

    * No training program. You are on your own to improve your technique skills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I hope that the top management get more feedbacks from everyone in the company. We are a very focused company. However we may find another big thing if we spend some resources on innovative ideas, which do not match the company's focus.

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  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Performance rewarded

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

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

    Pros

    Netflix has created a very competitive culture that promotes and drives innovation.

    Cons

    Having a very competitive work environment can get into the way of a healthy work/life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Netflix values encompass traits you would find beneficial with any employee.

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    Great place to work

    Current Employee - Senior Data Engineer  in  Los Gatos, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Data Engineer in Los Gatos, CA

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

    Pros

    Culture of freedom and responsibility, brilliant coworkers,

    Cons

    There are no cons here

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    Sr. Weblogic Architect

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    Former Employee - Senior Weblogic Architect  in  Los Gatos, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Weblogic Architect in Los Gatos, CA

    I worked at Netflix as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice company to work with NetFlix. No body compete salary in the Bay Area. Good Environment. You will get nice free lunch every day.

    Cons

    Netflix have to improve from Management Side..

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  7. 6 people found this helpful  

    Best place to work for great engineers

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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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    It's like working for a very well funded startup.
    If you're good, this company will boost your career lightyears ahead.
    Compensation and perks are just right. No lavish lunches, just good organic food to keep you focused on business. No laundry service. It's not taking over your life.
    Very fast growing company. Lots of room to grow and lots of opportunity (if you look).
    Visibility - top down, you see everything. There are no secrets in this company. Very helpful if you know how to use this to your advantage.

    Cons

    If you're not good, you won't survive here.
    If you have issues with your people skills, you won't survive here.
    If you need hand-holding, someone to constantly point you in the right direction, you'll be directed to the door (while holding your hand).
    You'll have to manage your work/life balance. Some people just don't know what 'unlimited vacation' means.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work.

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  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Like living inside an MBA case study

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

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

    Pros

    Management is not afraid to experiment and try new things. Rapid development. High trust culture. Inventing the future.

    Cons

    If you don't like change, ambiguity or are uncomfortable in a place where you get to use your own judgement a lot, it wouldn't be a good fit.

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  9.  

    Best Job to date

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    Current Employee - User Experience Designer  in  Los Gatos, CA
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer in Los Gatos, CA

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

    Pros

    Best company culture I have ever seen. "Freedom and Responsibility" is their guiding phrase here and it is true. They expect you to do you job and give you the freedom to do it as you see fit. Have never felt more empowered as a designer.

    Cons

    Can get political in certain situations, but it is a large organization. Makes you grow to understand the business side of things.

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  10. 7 people found this helpful  

    The most rewarding environment

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

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

    Pros

    Incredibly talented, smart, driven coworkers across every function of the organization. Unusually organized and efficiently run. Feel lucky if you get the opportunity to be part of such an amazing place and such an incredible time. It is rare.

    Cons

    New head of Talent is not the right person to be leading and shaping the culture of Netflix. There are many concerns echoed about her throughout the company and worries that with her at the helm, the sacred secret sauce will start to spoil.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be critical throughout the leadership team in addition to the rest of the organization when it comes to A players. Also, it might be time to step back and reevaluate the way compensation is structured. Many folks have voiced being frustrated and dissatisfied in their roles but acknowledge they are paid higher than anywhere else so chose to stay.

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    Netflix Finance

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager Content Accounting  in  Los Gatos, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager Content Accounting in Los Gatos, CA

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

    Pros

    1) Great culture and people.
    2) Lots of freedom with appropriate level of responsibility.
    3) Pay top of market.
    4) No vacation policy which adds to the freedom.
    5) Love the business we're in and how we're changing an industry
    6) No politics or at least not very noticeable
    7) Again, great people!

    Cons

    1) No more ESPP offered

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1) Bring back ESPP

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