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Netflix Reviews

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
763 Reviews

3.6
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Netflix Founder, Chairman and CEO Reed Hastings
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Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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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

    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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Invaluable experience, 1 year working at Netflix = 3 years elsewhere.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    - Very smart, self-motivated colleagues
    - Flat organization
    - Fast and constantly innovating
    - Clear feedback
    - Huge importance put on freedom and responsibility
    - Unbeatable vacation policy
    - Big impact doing any role
    - Ability to be a part of overall business strategy

    Cons

    - Tendency to debate, even on small decisions
    - Extreme adherence to testing and data

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find more ways for employees to grow

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 4 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

    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
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  5. 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

    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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fast paced environment that was a great experience.

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Manager  in  Hillsboro, OR
    Former Employee - Customer Service Manager in Hillsboro, OR

    Pros

    If you do your homework ahead of time you will know that it is not likely that you will retire from Netflix. If you didn't do it before hand and decided to work for Netflix and were shocked at its fast pace and rapid change then shame on you. The company is exactly what it advertises itself to be.

    I completely enjoyed the team I worked with and all of the challenges we faced. It has almost been a year and I can honestly say it was a great experience and I miss the folks I got to work with. Netflix has chosen a unique path in regards to customer service and is willing to take new and or different approaches. It is a rewarding experience to generate an idea and have that idea implemented within the same day. Not everything we tried worked but many of things we utilized did work and were very rewarding in there success. If customer service is your chosen profession you can learn a lot from working with this company and gain insight into what would improve an industry that has chosen a path of mediocrity and failure.

    Cons

    Qwikster...that pretty much says it all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I genuinely enjoyed the direct and honest conversations I had with peers, HR, and my boss. This is something unique in my experience and I would hate to see that change. Keep the cereal, fruit, ppt decks, video games, ping pong, and coffee going the reps love that.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Engaging environment with many interesting technical opportunities

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Netflix offers amazing co-workers, an exciting business, and the opportunity to work on cool technology problems. Employees (and the community) can contribute to open source projects. The mature workforce focuses on working hard but goes home and recharges at night.

    Cons

    If you're looking for dinners served at the office, you won't find those at Netflix. I wasn't looking for those things, so I would consider this a pro!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great environment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Low BS. Small agile teams. A lot gets done.
    Less se rest. lot of sharing of information.
    Accountability
    Freedom

    Cons

    A lot of luck in career path...to be fair to Netflix...acknowledged by management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Very Employee Friendly

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    Current Employee - Operations Supervisor  in  Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Operations Supervisor in Richmond, VA

    Pros

    Great pay, time off, benefits compensation. Awesome hours. They promote teamwork among their employees. Upper Management has open door policy and they are extremly approachable.

    Cons

    DVD side of the company is getting smaller due to more new customers utilizing the streaming service.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the level of interactivity with the employees. Shows everyone that they are valuable to the company and they are recognized

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    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

    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
  11. 6 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

    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

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