Netflix Reviews in Los Gatos, CA

Updated September 7, 2014
Updated September 7, 2014
402 Reviews
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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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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great pay

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Los Gatos, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Los Gatos, CA

    I worked at Netflix full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Excellent wages lots of autonomy

    Cons

    Too much turnover. Can be hard to get away from work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good company

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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 a year

    Pros

    Smart people, less politics, freedom to use resources

    Cons

    Lunches are not good. Only one performance review per year for a raise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They are very open on the information.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company to work for

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Los Gatos, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Los Gatos, CA

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

    Pros

    Amazing experience, very competitive salary, great office space cutting edge technologies.
    If you like fast moving environment and challenging task then this is a place for you. Company treats employees like adults

    Cons

    Sometimes environment is moving too fast. Unlimited vacation policy does not work in few cases. Be ready to get support calls in the middle of the night.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not really

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    No place like it!

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    Former Employee - QC, Digital Supply Chain  in  Los Gatos, CA
    Former Employee - QC, Digital Supply Chain in Los Gatos, CA

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

    Pros

    Worked with a great team; scrupulous attention to quality; great opportunities to stretch one's wings and pursue new skills; great food.

    Cons

    Inconsistencies within the workplace and the "culture deck." Loss of excellent team members when projects ended or were terminated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rethink the "Expect to be laid off" mentality; Retraining team members who could have been co-opted into new projects could give Netflix new vitality

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager  in  Los Gatos, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Los Gatos, CA

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

    Pros

    Productive culture that embraces new technology and gives you the ability to make decisions. Company makes you want to always do better, faster.

    Cons

    People in high ranking positions that are smart but can't manage. This results in high turnover and exceptional people leaving. There are several Directors/VP's that have no management experience. This really hurts the organization. Keep Beverly Hills in Beverly Hills. Content is not the same as Engineering.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reevaluate Talent Team and Leadership. Do research when filling high-level positions. Just because someone is smart, doesn't mean that they can lead.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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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..

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 8 people found this helpful  

    Highly political culture, dysfunctional.

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Administrator  in  Los Gatos, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Administrator in Los Gatos, CA

    I worked at Netflix full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Pay and the Netflix name helps on your resume, since most people outside do not know how bad it is inside.

    Cons

    Mind numbing. Stress. Constantly watching your back. There are people who have very high title (Directors, Managers, even VPs) who got it because they've managed to stay there the longest. Not because they are qualified for the job. The long timer/oldtimers survived by CYA each others. Those who they think are dangerous to their job will get the knife in the back.

    It's not how good you are. It's how well you "play the game" and "fit in with the political culture". They value "safe" decisions that do not rock the boat. At least in the IT Ops dept that I worked in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your head out of the cloud once in a while. There's real problem underneath. Engineering got tired of the dysfunctional IT Ops group, and built their own infrastructure so they don't have to deal with incompetent people.

    Best thing to do is fire everyone in Ops, and start fresh.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    A year at Netflix is equal to 2-3 years most other places -- talent density creates accomplishment density.

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

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

    Pros

    Fast-moving. Few bureaucratic distractions. Willing to make big, disruptive changes quickly. The move to original content was smart and will propel growth well into the future.

    If you function well in a meritocracy, then you will likely be successful at Netflix.

    Cons

    They're getting big, and that growth is adding pressure to sacrifice some elements of their culture that made them unique and a desirable place to work.

    The quality of talent getting hired or promoted now is much less impressive than in the earlier years.

    The environment is increasingly political, which may be related to the hiring/promotion of more average, less-impressive employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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