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38 Reviews

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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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  1.  

    Great company

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    Current Employee - Vice President  in  Los Gatos, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President in Los Gatos, CA

    Pros

    Innovation, intelligent people, incredible brand, incredible business model

    Cons

    Don't think about working for Netflix if a high risk/reward model is not for you

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue doing what you are doing

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    Enjoy risk taking? This is or isn't the company for you!

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

    Pros

    Fast paced, dynamic, not afraid to try something different to make the company better. That means not everything is a win, but the company is honest about what hasn't worked out and doesn't hold on because of ego or prior investment.

    Cons

    Jarring environment for traditionalists or those who have grown accustomed to political systems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the pace alive and fluid

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  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Reed is a strong leader with a vision, and has gathered great people to help him make the vision real.

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

    Pros

    You should consider working at Netflix if you like to work with passionate and smart people in an environment almost devoid of politics.
    At Netflix, many decisions are data-driven. Collecting data to be able to be smart about the business is so ingrained into the culture and so obviously right that, after a while, one is amazed when friends or business partners in other companies tell you that it's not how it works in their world.
    There is a great sense of mutual respect among the people who work there.
    Things do change fast, and that can be a bit disconcerting if you don't like the thrill :-). On the other hand, hard, but necessary decisions are made promptly.
    If you're at a stage of your life where you want or must take it easy for a while, Netflix is not for you. The pace here does not allow for slacking, and you'll either stand out like a sore thumb, or you're pulled into the race.

    Cons

    You will be spoiled by all the common sense that wafts through the hallways.
    Netflix is probably not right for you if you're looking for a big title (e.g. "architect"). The organization is very flat, and there are not a lot of traditional career growth opportunities. However, you will grow personally and professionally even if your title stays the same for years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep rocking.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best company I have worked for in my 25 year career.

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

    Pros

    I am treated like an adult. The work is exciting. The management is top notch. The pay is great. It is a "getting things done" type of company. Home/work balance is excellent. We keep process to a minimum and encourage innovation. Best company I have worked for (25 year career). Loved by customers with a highly rated user experience that is tested by rigorous quantitative and qualitative analysis.

    Cons

    If you want a greenfield experience or the open-endedness of a start up then Netflix is not for you. Netflix is relentless on culling stuff that does not fit in the major focus. Some people might find that constraining (the rationale is focused on what works best for users). It is a high-performance culture so if you aren't a high performer you won't like it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thank you for modeling the way to run a company.

    Recommends
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  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Netflix is a great place for star performers to shine

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

    Pros

    Netflix is a great place for highly talented people to work. Time and time again I am impressed by the capability of my colleagues and our ability to work together as a team. The company also has a very clear strategy and is very focused on executing that strategy, which is great because we don't have a lot of ancillary distractions.

    Cons

    If you are not a high performer, you will not last long at Netflix. The company is not afraid to fire people and it happens on a routine basis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management should keep going down their current path. They are doing a great job, especially on the strategy of building out the streaming service - the results have been impressive to date but there is a long way to go.

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  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work for risk-taking high performers.

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    Current Employee - Vice President  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President in Los Angeles, CA

    Pros

    You are surrounded by very bright people focused on creating a great product for our subscribers and a great environment for employees. It's exciting to be on the cutting-edge of media and technology. The company offers a lot of freedom, and the responsibility that comes with it. Employees are treated like the adults they are.

    Cons

    If you like stability, this may not be the place for you. We have a high performance culture and in addition may change directions suddenly (for the good of the whole business), impacting people and projects in which heavy investment may have been made. The company does not manage your career; you manage your career. Depending on the department, there can be limited opportunities for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reed and his team have built a great company and a wonderful environment in which to work. Be careful not to apply general concepts across an increasingly diverse employee population.

    Recommends
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  8.  

    good, not great

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    Former Employee - Product Development  in  Los Gatos, CA
    Former Employee - Product Development in Los Gatos, CA

    Pros

    work life balance is very good. data driven decision making is important.

    Cons

    a bit conservative on some changes. engineers rule the day, everyone else takes a backseat.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    move more quickly.

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  9.  

    Netflix builds careers and character.

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    Current Employee - Don't Know Yet  in  Beverly Hills, CA
    Current Employee - Don't Know Yet in Beverly Hills, CA

    Pros

    Netflix is a household name and is loved by its customers. From a professional standpoint, it is a company that encourages high performance, autonomy and effectiveness. Every employee at Netflix puts the company before himself/herself and is encouraged to voice his or her opinion. Our CEO, Reed Hastings, happens to be one of the most brilliant and innovative leaders of the industry and he always has an open door policy to his employees.

    Cons

    It is extremely focused on the culture of its people. This is not exactly a downside but to certain individuals who are used to a structured corporate environment, this may not be the right place for them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to disseminate information to your subordinates and always try to deliver positive reinforcement.

    Recommends
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  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    this is a great company that could benefit from treating its talent better

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    Current Employee - Product Manager  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    leader in the industry - on an upward climb, really intelligent leaders

    Cons

    zero professional growth and little insentive to go beyond the call of duty

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus more on synergy, recognize and reward talent

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Netflix is a great place for hard working, talented people.

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    Current Employee - Director of Content  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Director of Content in Los Angeles, CA

    Pros

    From the top down, my collegues at Netflix are the among the most talented individuals in their class of trade. There is not a set vacation policy other than "take it when you need it". Maybe the best reason of all is the communication. Management goes to great lengths to make sure that everyone in the organization has a full understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing the business, as well as the strategic vision that the company is executing against.

    Cons

    In an effort to keep the best person in every position, turnover is somewhat high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to find new ways to empower employees at all levels. The smallest vote of confidence from the top is will continue to be paid back in hard work and loyalty.

    Recommends
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