Netflix Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
412 Reviews
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Netflix Founder, Chairman and CEO Reed Hastings
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Review Highlights

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. 3 people found this helpful  

    Bright people who are fun to work with in very high-performance culture

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

    I worked at Netflix full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Walk the walk consistent with the well-articulated culture.
    Very focused.
    Clear, well-articulated strategy with very good execution against it.
    Very transparent, both internally and externally.

    Cons

    A bit of a culture of fear articulated as "the sniper in the building" as some new hires and long-time employees are either bad fit or fail to grow, and are subsequently let go. Culture emphasizes experimentation, which includes needed organizational experiments, and this type of experimentation also reinforces the fear. Again, most of this well-articulated in culture deck, so no surprise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep hiring and growing stars across all areas of the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Excellent work environment

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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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    The best part about working at Netflix is the people. I've worked at both Microsoft and Amazon before coming to Netflix, and the people at Netflix are of a higher quality. Each person seems to be very good at what they do, and I feel like I can learn from them. I never realized before what a joy it is to work with great people. Other great things about Netflix are high salary and free meals.

    Cons

    There isn't much of a career path. If you want to be a manager or director, you might not have much success at Netflix. I view Netflix as a place where people come to work during the day and then go home to their families at night.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the stock price go back up!

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

    Demanding and rewarding

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

    I have been working at Netflix full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Netflix expects the best of everyone, pushes us to be as great as possible, and is extremely candid with feedback and advice to help realize that objective.

    Cons

    Don't expect to kick back - it's a demanding environment. That said, it's not ell encompassing - there's room for a real life outside work too.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the future, and don't regret lessons learned from the past.

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    Positive Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fantastic place to work, but don't put your phone down

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Manager
    Current Employee - Operations Manager

    I have been working at Netflix full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very smart, talented coworkers
    Tons of opportunity if you're willing to work for it
    One of the most open companies I've ever worked for
    Moves fast, usually makes the right decisions
    Still a great value despite all that price increase business
    Willing to admit they've made mistakes and change direction if need be

    Cons

    On the job 24/7
    Occasional whiplash changes in direction for major projects
    You'll see some really smart, talented people let go from time to time, due to reorgs, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix your PR problem

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

    Highly aligned teams, excellent talent, driven by data

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Netflix full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Stellar Teams
    - Freedom and responsibility = hire adults, no micromanagement
    - Career track is what you make of it
    - Excellent salary
    - Transparent communication, no surprises or waiting when it comes to feedback
    - Small teams

    Cons

    The high bar, could be a con to some..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Excellent choices, prioritization and attention to the best user experience

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    The best design culture I have ever been in.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Creative Director in Los Gatos, CA
    Current Employee - Creative Director in Los Gatos, CA

    I have been working at Netflix full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Innovation is not hampered by unnecessary process. Designs are not approved by executives or committee they are approved by the users. This is an environment that promotes creativity.

    Cons

    You must be able to let your work go. For every test that wins 4 other designs fail. Being able to learn from designs that fail is difficult to do when you are emotionally invested in them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give highly talented, less experienced, candidates an opportunity to interview. Raw talent, in a fully formed adult, at a great company yields great results.

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

    Best place I have ever worked

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director of Engineering in Los Gatos, CA
    Current Employee - Director of Engineering in Los Gatos, CA

    I have been working at Netflix full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Leading edge technology, not afraid to do things differently if it makes sense, agile and low process overhead for getting things done. Clear focus on a simple business model, with clear responsibilities and freedom on how to deliver.

    Cons

    You have to be comfortable with rapid change, ambiguity and have enough self confidence to cope with the culture. It's not a place for people who like to know what the rules are and follow them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Netflix full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Awesome pay and great benefits

    Cons

    Long hours, very early mornings

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Really great place to work!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Los Gatos, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Los Gatos, CA

    I worked at Netflix

    Pros

    The company has a really good philosophy about not imposing burdensome processes and rules. It also treats people as adults and assumes everyone knows the best way to get their job done. They are very good at communicating the current thinking of upper management and the current plan and focus, and how they see the future. Compensation is very good.

    Cons

    There can be a high turnover. People are let go frequently. Can be a bit intense.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Place to Work!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Gatos, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Gatos, CA

    I have been working at Netflix

    Pros

    Excellent co-workers and leadership. Culture of freedom and responsibility is taken seriously and results in an productive and mature working environment.

    Cons

    The culture leads to a necessity to communicate. Folks who do not want to communicate honestly will falter. It also critical to take initiative. Those with a lack of initiative will struggle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to reward results and creativity. The culture works by having the right people at the company. Keep it up!

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