Netflix Reviews

Updated September 21, 2014
Updated September 21, 2014
405 Reviews
3.6
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Netflix Founder, Chairman and CEO Reed Hastings
Reed Hastings
311 Ratings

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. 6 people found this helpful  

    It paid decent, but the level of efficiency stripped all the human aspects away.

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

    I worked at Netflix

    Pros

    The pay you well, they have a great health care plan, and they will give you full time status and paid training.

    Cons

    Zero time to be human, the constant computer monitoring puts you on edge since you have only 5 minutes to explain to an 80yr old how to install firefox in order to watch a video on their mac computer. This job tells you to be super human and empathetic, yet their employees want to shoot themselves since the place is run like a prison camp. Trying to go to the bathroom will result in your averages going down on the computer monitoring system and if your average falls below 5 minutes per call per shift you are FIRED, ZERO TOLERANCE!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You fold at management do realize that your training continuously year round results in a $14,000 dollar expense a week, with only a 35% stay rate after 6 months. This program you have costs you a fortune annually and is HIGHLY INEFFICIENT, something you profess to be striving for.

    Do yourselves a favor, humanize the job, give people an incentive besides the 14 dollar an hour pay for zero life and boot camp like tactics. You pay so much for people just to sit through a training session that you could have given current employees a real reason to feel appreciated besides the cheap Netflix swag you peddle.

    Seriously, make the environment a more "happy place" and save serious money and improve employee moral significantly.

    I like the way Mr. Hastings runs things, but he is never actually seen at the Hislboro facility and he is wasting A LOT of money annually with his ridiculous and wasteful training and selection staff.. Seriously, they are ripping you and the potential employees off big time! Also, they like to hand their friends the codes that you give out to the employees to their friends resulting in a month of free 8 movie rentals. You are being robbed sir!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  2. 17 people found this helpful  

    My advice - accept job here, get kicked out after half year

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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

    Higher than industry average salary.

    Cons

    Read other reviews of former employees. Out of all people that I worked with at the time more than 80% were kicked out. Most of them are bright engineers.

    My advice - if you are offered a position in Netflix fight for the highest salary possible. In any case expect to be fired soon. Maybe after a year, maybe sooner, maybe later.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You don't need to worry. Everything is well. Your stock grows like crazy until you are out of talent and noone wants to work for you anymore.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 7 people found this helpful  

    Times are tough so you probably need the job but start looking for a career ASAP once hired!

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative  in  Hillsboro, OR
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Hillsboro, OR

    I have been working at Netflix

    Pros

    hands down pay is great 14.00 plus health care benefits (800 extra a month if you opt out of insurance) puts my pay above 2500 a month!

    10 hour shifts (can be a con too) three day weekends are nice but you will need it

    Classified as a hostile work environment by the state of Oregon so you get unemployment for virtually anything you may get fired for (even if you deserve to be fired). Make sure you get hired by netflix first before taking advantage of this sweet pro. It does not work if you are still on your trial period with them through a hiring agency.

    Great job to go into to find a real career especially as a college graduate in this economy

    Cons

    Customers have no lives so they call up about stupid things and feel they deserve the world for $9.99

    Dealing with stupid people all day long is very rough.

    Pay is great but think about it, why do they pay so well? If it was a great place to work they would not need to pay well, would they ;-)

    constantly acting like you care takes its toll at about 4 months in (like I said start looking for another job on your three day weekend no matter what you think at the start of this job, you will thank me later for that nugget of info ;-)

    You will not get time off even though they don't give you paid time off

    People are always getting axed around you so don't depend on the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let people take time off! By not your allowing people time off your making them get burnt out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 37 people found this helpful  

    Don't make the mistake of working here

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

    I worked at Netflix

    Pros

    1. Pay is good, and for some tough to fill roles, pay is very good.
    2. The stock option plan is a good deal.
    3. A number of policies treat people like adults (dress code, attendance, and vacation/holidays). You can take as much time off as you want, as long as you get your job done.
    4. A number of smart people get hired.
    5. The industry is growing very fast.
    6. Well known brand with instant street recognition.
    7. Facilities are pretty good.

    Cons

    1. Look at the comments on this site around turnover, treating people poorly, sick culture, and weak senior leadership. These are all very accurate.
    2. No training, management training, or development. The philosophy is if you don’t have what we need, we will replace you (i.e., fire you for not being a “good fit”) with someone from the outside who has that.
    3. Hourly jobs in particular have stagnant pay.
    4. There are no bonuses or incentives.
    5. The culture has serious problems.
      a. You will see countless references on this site to a “culture of fear”. This is widespread in every department and division. Even executives laugh that their time is numbered. A company that functions on fear is not a place for the long term. When everyone in a room is asked do they fear being fired and everyone says yes, that is a big problem.
      b. A culture of watching your back and stabbing others in the back. Many employees, including C level people, participate and have learned that tossing others under the bus, keeps them safe. They see this as a way to protect themselves from scrutiny from above. Employees and managers are all too comfortable talking about what is not working with a person. The 360 review process reinforces this. Those who have been there the longest are almost soulless with regard to firings. They have fired or seen so many people let go that they don’t really care anymore.
    6. You can be fired without warning, feedback, or any coaching. Most employees don’t bring any personal belongings to work as they could be let go at any moment. It is often a surprise.
    7. Do not move for a job with Netflix. If your partner or spouse doesn’t work, you could be risking your families financial health. There is no job security regardless of how good you are. Performance does not equal security at Netflix.
    8. Managers have a 1 year shelf life before they get shown the door. Directors and VPs are constantly evaluating managers, so anytime you make a mistake, are perceived not to be cutting edge, it could be your turn.
    9. HR’s job is to hire and show people the door. HR brags about how good they are at firing people. They don’t help employees, nor are they there to help employees become better. Their role is simply to ensure the company doesn’t get sued and headhunt for all the people that are turning over.
    10. Managers main role is making their team better through constrantly looking for their weaker employees. Leaders are asked could they hire someone better. Of course the answer will always be yes.
    11. No severance package is enough to compensate you for disruption in your career, moving, or the stress that comes without having a job.
    12. The recruiting function will hire you fast. The idea is to keep you excited, but if you are reading this don’t get caught up in the Netflix product of movies—look at whether this is actually a place you want to work.
    13. It’s incredibly stressful and life-shortening for you and your loved ones. Why work at a place where people, including your hiring managers, treat you as completely disposable?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Change out your HR leadership. They are in love with the culture, but they are creating an unhealthy long term environment. Once the economy picks up you will not be able to treat people as poorly as you do.
    2. Change the culture of fear. Install real coaching, feedback, and performance reviews so employees can feel comfortable doing their jobs.
    3. Do some employee surveys to learn the real thoughts of your front line team.
    4. Stop the turnover that is higher than comparable companies.
    5. Reed, if you are not a people person, hire some people who are. You will get better performance from people who are not in constant fear of being fired. You can still remove weak performers, but don’t make even your best employees fear for their jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 12 people found this helpful  

    people are expendable

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Hillsboro, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hillsboro, OR

    I worked at Netflix

    Pros

    Innovative company with strong growth and brand recognition, pay and benefits are good, the work is challenging and there are some great people that work there. New hire orientation was a good experience and fun to attend.

    Cons

    The culture sounds great at the beginning however, in reality there is no empathy or understanding of human error. People are not given the time to learn, make mistakes and grow from the mistake, instead one mistake (even small) will get you shown to the door. There is no training and even high powered professionals need some direction and guidance. There is a lot of fear and uncertainty inherent in the culture and it leads to an "every man for himself" culture which does not promote teamwork.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HR 101, your employee's are your greatest asset and constant turnover is not healthy for any business in the long run.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Netflix: A company that doesn't value employees, but only sees them as a means to an end.

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    Current Employee - DVD Sorter (Phoenix)  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - DVD Sorter (Phoenix) in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at Netflix

    Pros

    Above average pay compared to the industry standard. Casual work attire policy.

    Cons

    Inadequate, poorly-trained management. Very little emphasis on feedback to employees. No paid vacation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees. Don't treat them like cattle. If you don't have any sense of loyalty to your employees, they won't hesitate to leave for a better offer elsewhere. Your company has about 25% turnover, easily. Why do you think that is?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Management is asleep at the wheel

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

    I have been working at Netflix

    Pros

    Free lunch, good salary, nice commute

    Cons

    Poor performance of colleagues, very poor management, very poor planning

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    80% of your employees hurt you, the other 20% are mistreated. Fix this.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 18 people found this helpful  

    Fear-based culture

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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

    Higher than market salary
    Free lunches
    Unlimited PTO

    Cons

    Fear-based, highly competitive culture driven by upper management. Mid-management is forced to follow the suit otherwise it will be their job on the line. Everyone is under pressure to deliver but nobody provides guidance as to what is expected. If you're a super-star you're supposed to figure it out on your own.
    Zero tolerance to even small mistakes - you're expected to work as a perfect robot. If you made a mistake you're out immediately, no chance for correction.
    Zero communications about your performance - it is all up to management to decide how you're doing. So you don't know whether you made or making mistakes.
    Project management does not exist, hence no planning is happening, just loose email exchanges.
    You don't feel as part of the team, there are virtually no teams, just people trying to prove something and keep their jobs. As a result many decisions are short-sited since they provide immediate credit, long-term decisions are usually on back-burner until all of a sudden they become critical and then it is all hands on deck.
    You're expected to work long hours and weekends on regular basis.
    Basically if you accepted an offer you're owned by Netflix.
    Documentation is non-existent, people are secretive about knowledge transfer.
    All in all Netflix's motto Freedom comes with Responsibility turns into the situation when company has freedom to do whatever it wants and employees have all responsibilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust and respect people. The fact that you pay high salaries and provide unlimited PTO does not mean that you own people's lives. Give people freedom for mistake, at least one. One mistake means nothing especially in first year of employment. Encourage planning.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 10 people found this helpful  

    Total Lack Of Respect For Employees

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

    I worked at Netflix

    Pros

    -$$$$$$$$$$!!! ($13-$14/hr to start w/full time hours immediately)
    -Free rental subscription--the highest one they offer (8 @ a time)
    -Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance available right away
    -free food in breakroom along with Netflix connection & big screen TV to watch shows
    -showers in bathrooms if you walk/ride a bike and need to clean up before work
    -peers are fun to work with
    -high speed internet & laptops available to check e-mail, facebook, myspace on breaks

    Cons

    -fear-based company
    -anyone higher up than you will NOT respect you. Period.
    -cliquish environment (if you're not with the in crowd, you're invisible.)
    -very poor communication about job performance
    -do not uphold their own company values
    -rarely promote from within
    -contradictions galore!

    In the nine days I was there for training before being unfairly dismissed, I saw several examples of employees being treated like children and unreasonably scolded. One girl was in the classroom 5 minutes before break was over. She suddenly had a bathroom emergency, so she left quickly to take care of it. She made it back just as they were shutting the door. On the next break, she was taken aside by the supervisor (supe) who said, "I noticed you made it back from break just as I was shutting the door. I just wanted to let you know that's unacceptable. You need to be back from break several minutes early." (In other words, you really don't get your full break.) She apologized, saying she'd been there five minutes early but had an emergency. He said, "I'm sure it won't happen again."

    One girl had to call in sick because her child gave her the flu. They forced her to speak to three different people who scolded her, the last of which was the call center manager himself! He said he was going to give her the opportunity to come in for the rest of the week.

    Another girl simply asked her neighbor for a pen during class. She was pulled into a conference room afterward and told by two different supes that talking during class was unacceptable and wouldn't be tolerated.

    Netflix has a zero-tolerance policy for what they call "push back". They touched on this very briefly in class during our second week of training. The example they gave was this: "If your supe tells you to change something and you say, 'I don't feel like it, so I'm not going to', that's considered push back and will not be tolerated." Basically, it's outright insubordination. My supe said I needed to work on verifying every account. When people call in, their account auto-pops onscreen....unless they don't give their service code to the automated answering service before they're transferred to a live person. This happens about half the time and it's mostly people who don't have accounts and are just asking about the service. So I asked my supe, "Is that even when they're just calling with a general question about the website?" He said we needed to at least ask for a name and warned me that what I'd just said was considered push back but he'd let it slide this time. I was baffled but just said, "Okay." The same supe told me he liked that I was resolution oriented because that was a good thing. An hour later, he took it back saying it was bad and I needed to focus on empathy. When I was let go, they gave me the opportunity to give feedback. I mentioned the contradictions I'd noticed and also that I didn't understand how asking a simple question during training was considered "push back". I was told that it's all about perception and I just wasn't a right fit. They also said this sort of thing happens often.

    Before you go to work for Netflix, ask yourself this: if the pay is excellent and the benefits are great, why is the turnover rate at Netflix so high??? Why are there so many bad employee reviews out there? Notice the recurring themes in the reviews, i.e. lack of respect, no job security, fear based business, no career growth opportunity, etc. There comes a time when the realization that it's not everybody else, it's the company, has to set in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more reasonable with your employees. Maybe if you applied the same amount of empathy you insist on for call flow to your staff, people would be more inclined to stay with you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Don't take the bait

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    Former Employee - Operations Manager
    Former Employee - Operations Manager

    I worked at Netflix

    Pros

    Insurance is good, if you do not have a family. If you insure your whole family, it eats up half of your paycheck.

    Cons

    Worst cases of CYA I have ever seen. Upper managers take credit for your ideas. You are told one thing, then something entirely different happens. Communication is a joke. They like to promote so called "values" however, these values are simply words on the wall.It is not worth working 75-80 hours a week, and to be expected to be on call 24/7/365. Your family will be pushed aside, your health, and don't expect to be able to have a social life outside the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get over yourselves. When you ask for feedback, but then on't hear what you want to hear; that is not a license to fire someone. You are going against your own "values" when you treat people this way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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