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Netflix Reviews in Los Gatos, CA

Updated December 12, 2014
Updated December 12, 2014
427 Reviews
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Pros
  • Work atmosphere is awesome with lot of freedom and responsibility (in 31 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. 6 people found this helpful  

    Best place to work for great engineers

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Love my job

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Los Gatos, CA
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Los Gatos, CA

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

    Pros

    - Constant Learning
    - Keeps me on my toes
    - not a process oriented company. Keeps things simple.

    Cons

    - moving too fast. Chasing a moving target.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Like living inside an MBA case study

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Los Gatos, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Los Gatos, CA

    I have been working at Netflix full-time (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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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Haste makes waste, and don't let the door hit you on the ass on your way out.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Gatos, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Gatos, CA

    I worked at Netflix full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Open engineering discussions.
    Love new technologies.
    Willing to take on risks.

    Cons

    Willing to take on risks but mistakes are costly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Slow down, don't try to force round pegs into square holes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 16 people found this helpful  

    Was once a Superstar now very much adrift.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fairly New Technology, Smart Talent, Free food and iphones. This place will certainly wow you in technology and some of the best talent, Good compensation.

    Cons

    lousy vacation policy(get real, no vacation policy - no vacation), very stressful work environment, little to no career opportunities if you are hired as an engineer, Chaos everywhere - High Turnover always affects your work one way or the other.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    About time you should check your champion badge, it may have expired. Qwikster was a debacle. But the hiring cycle afterwards brought some worse incompetent middle management. Open door policy and summary dismissals might have worked for us in the past when we were a DVD business, but it definitely is hurting us - Bay is a very small place. Your talent is leaving(or about to leave), others are simply not interested in working with us. If you dont believe me, ask why recruiters always have to bring talent from outside silicon valley. Promote openness, talent and healthy work environment - not mediocre middle management's words. Please bring back the culture from 3 years ago.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 7 people found this helpful  

    The most rewarding environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Los Gatos, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Los Gatos, CA

    I have been working at Netflix full-time (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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Best Job to date

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than an 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great colleagues..... very smart, hard working, and very helpful across all the various teams. Work atmosphere is awesome with lot of freedom and responsibility. Pay is awesome too.

    Cons

    Promotions are rare and can take a while to get.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Netflix Finance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent Pay & Fast paced work environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior BI Architect in Los Gatos, CA
    Current Employee - Senior BI Architect in Los Gatos, CA

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

    Pros

    Good Pay & Fact paced work environment

    Cons

    Fast paced a work environment and no additional perks

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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