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Netflix Founder, Chairman and CEO Reed Hastings
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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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to grow your career

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Los Gatos, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Los Gatos, CA

    I have been working at Netflix

    Pros

    Teamwork is highly valued in the Netflix culture, with team members even contributing to peer employee reviews. Netflix is performance and goal oriented. Everything you do at Netflix is important to the business. My team and the teams around me are very bright and are always thinking around how technology can grow the business. Netflix management embraces change where they see opportunities to grow the business.

    Cons

    Netflix is not a startup and not a big company. If you are looking for either of those then this would not be the place for you. Change is a given at Netflix, nothing stands still.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay the course.

    Recommends
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  2. 8 people found this helpful  

    Good in the short term, but ...

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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

    Pros

    Netflix's top management has a simple and well thought out strategic vision which they communicate well to employees. The company is consistently profitable and salaries tend to be substantially above the market rates.

    Cons

    Netflix pays well to get the best person for the job. The downsides of this are that often people are overqualified for what they are doing, which can lead to a lack of challenge for them. Worse, Netflix quickly and unceremoniously fires anyone whose skills no longer match the available work, or even whose manager doesn't especially like them. Retraining people for different jobs just doesn't occur.

    If the immediate work fits your professional goals, Netflix can be a good place to work, but don't plan on a long career there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your former start-up has become a somewhat disfunctional large organization. It would behoove you to attend to your middle-management structures.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Netflix is a great place to work with an extraordinary group of people

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

    I have been working at Netflix

    Pros

    If you’re a high performance person and a good culture fit, Netflix is a great place to work. There’s no micro managing here and everyone is allowed to take responsibility for their own projects. There’s an amazing lack of arrogance and people collaborate cross functionally on a regular basis. The people you work with every day will be smart, focused and enthusiastic. The company leadership is not afraid to make bold decisions and take risks which keeps the company exciting and innovative.

    Cons

    If you’re not a high performance person or you don’t fit the culture you won’t last long. The bold decisions made by management can translate to frequent changes in direction. If you’re not comfortable with changing priorities Netflix won’t be a good place for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to take risks and make bold decisions.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    A career at Netflix can be rewarding if your coworkers are competent and have a modicum of social skills.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Gatos, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Gatos, CA

    I worked at Netflix

    Pros

    Starting salaries are above average.

    Cons

    A career at Netflix can be rewarding and enjoyable, dependent upon whom you work with.

    Some coworkers, especially those who have been at Netflix for a longer time are difficult to work with due to stubbornness or hubris.

    These attitudes affect the stability of the Netflix service because engineers often do not follow standard operating procedures resulting in multiple outages.

    Additionally, some employees make racist and sexist comments and management takes no steps to correct this behavior.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is a lack of competency at the middle management level allows long time time employees to be rude and hostile towards newer employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    An extraordinary environment creates an exciting work experience.

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

    I have been working at Netflix

    Pros

    When discussing ideas, every person in the room is usually more intelligent than me, which is challenging and invigorating, and creates great results. Netflix is willing to move quickly and make calculated risks in pushing the business forward. That makes it an exciting and satisfying place to work.

    Whether you're in the office or away is rarely noticed or even considered at Netflix. All the matters is the quality and consistency of your work, which gives employees great freedom and allows them to enhance the balance in their lives. At the same time, expectations are tremendous, but that's what makes the company great. For the employees who look for this is in an employer, Netflix delivers.

    Cons

    Everything is always changing at Netflix, whether it's ideas, or approaches, or personnel, and that can be challenging on a day to day basis.

    Benefits are challenging for employees with families, and I wish we that was not a consideration for employees with families.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to listen to the employees, and keep an open mind to all new ideas.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Love what you do

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

    I have been working at Netflix

    Pros

    Smart, passionate, fun loving colleagues that keep the mood light and and the pace fast. Flat organizations rule. Great facilities - clean, professional, uncluttered, with plenty of space and sunshine. A place where 'forgiveness' is valued over 'permission'. A place where 'take risks and recover quickly' is lived every day. Customers are raving fans of our product.

    Cons

    If you have an ego, or want to climb the 'corporate ladder' this is not for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many VPs being brought in from the outside rather than promoted from the inside. VPs are great, however they create work for everyone else - we're not hiring many folks below the VPs - so more VPs means conflicts for priorities within the groups that need to get the work done. Slow down the hiring.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    High Performance Culture & Extraordinarily Talented People

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Netflix

    Pros

    This is a culture that promotes freedom and responsibility coupled with extremely talented people resulting in an environment in which I am proud to work. We celebrate success and don't dwell on failures, but rather act on them and overcome. We continue to find new and innovative solutions to provide our customers with the best viewing experience possible.

    Cons

    If you're not able to adapt to change quickly, this is not the place for you. Being fluid, flexible and dynamic is a must. If you seek rigor, structure and formality, you won't find that here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the top-down communication flowing. It's great to work in an environment where communication is so open, honest and constructive. Continue to push the envelope so our creative minds can continue to grow and flourish.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    A killer combo: great business, the best people and a fantastic work environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Director in Los Gatos, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Director in Los Gatos, CA

    I have been working at Netflix

    Pros

    - Working with incredibly talented people that are passionate about their work
    - A transparent leadership culture that is not afraid to address any missteps quickly and openly
    - A metrics-driven, "consumer science" culture that values testable hypotheses and numbers over egos and cronies
    - Encourages "mavericks" and the right to challenge anything and anyone respectfully
    - Treats employees as "fully formed adults" and provides all of the "freedom and responsibility" that comes with that.

    Cons

    - You are expected to be a pro at what you do. Mediocre performance is not tolerated
    - You are expected to manage your own career, which may be hard for some- particularly those new to their careers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep being bold. It's inspiring.

    Recommends
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  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work!

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

    I have been working at Netflix

    Pros

    Freedom and responsibility! The 7 Great Reasons to work at Netflix are actually true!

    Cons

    If you can’t self manage you will not succeed...you need to be able to own and drive the business...no one will hold your hand! Not a downside for me, but could be for others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep innovating and changing the game!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Netflix is an amazing, high performance place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Director of Automation in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Director of Automation in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Netflix

    Pros

    Great projects, high performance culture, incredible people to work with

    Cons

    Netflix is not for someone looking for job security...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider marketing Netflix's value proposition in these poor economic times: "For less than the cost of two tickets to the movie theater, watch Netflix DVD's all month!"

    Recommends
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