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"Netflix is a great place to work for a couple of years and get on your resume, then leave for the next opportunity"

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Current Employee - Manager in Beverly Hills, CA
Current Employee - Manager in Beverly Hills, CA
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Approves of CEO

Pros

- Netflix treats their employees like adults, giving them both "freedom & responsibility" (a favorite company catchphrase) to do their jobs. Not hampered by lots of processes or structure, employees are empowered to find the best and most direct solutions to their problems
- Great work environment that's casual but high performance. The emphasis is on results, and not on face time in the office. If you need to take time off or work from home, you can, as long as your work gets done
- Full of really smart, fun people. You get the chance to work with a lot of highly competent and impressive employees.
- Typical benefits are fine (health insurance, etc.), but the extra perks are especially nice, such as no vacation limit and a generous hardware/gadget policy
- It's nice to work for a brand that consumers love. People tend to get excited when they hear you work at Netflix.
Overall, Netflix is one of the best work environments I've been in, except for a few major downsides ...

Cons

- There is essentially no career growth or promotions within the company. Most positions are filled externally, and people tend to stay in the exact same job for a couple of years before they get frustrated and leave. This is the number one employee complaint, which senior management knows about and seems to implicitly support
- Very high turnover, due to both voluntary departures and frequent terminations. High pressure, high performance culture coupled with frequent firings often create a culture of fear
- Titles are deflated one level lower than the rest of the industry. This is fine while at Netflix (compensation is usually appropriate for the work you do), but can be difficult once you want to leave Netflix and are looking for your next job
- As a growing company, there are increasing office politics. Netflix is no longer a small start-up, and it's suffering its growing pains as it becomes a large, established company
Overall, most employees love working at Netflix, but eventually get frustrated by the lack of career growth.

Advice to Management

Value your employees as long-term assets, before you drive away great people. Good job in keeping Netflix a nimble, results-oriented place to work

Other Employee Reviews for Netflix

  1. "good company; competitive work environment"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - 'Anonymous' in Los Gatos, CA
    Current Employee - 'Anonymous' in Los Gatos, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good money, good management, good experience

    Cons

    growth/promotion prospects may be limited

    Advice to Management

    keep doing what you are doing


  2. Helpful (5)

    "If you are lucky enough to get an offer from Netflix, take it."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Employee in Los Gatos, CA
    Current Employee - Employee in Los Gatos, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    An unbelievable culture of honesty and bright people. Self motivated people can have a great career experience. Netflix is filled with mature adults that are not politically motivated. Netflix management does a pretty good job of setting the proper context for employees and letting them run independently. Employees enjoy a culture of freedom and responsibility that few other companies offer. As an example, we have no vacation policy, you take what you need. If you are excessive or not performing at a great level, you will be called out on it.

    If you are lucky enough to be offered a job at Netflix, take it, you won’t regret it. You will be exposed to a company culture unlike another you have ever experienced.

    Cons

    Not a great place to come if you don’t have a fair amount of experience. We are not a great incubation center for people right out of college. Health care and other benefits are not the best. Netflix feels that it pays its employees well and that that will make up for these short comings, not sure if that is 100% true in all cases. There is a fair amount of career advancement available at the lower levels, but it is pretty thin at the upper levels such as director & vice president. Not sure the pat at or above market value for employees is 100% true in all cases.

    Advice to Management

    In general, senior management has their act together pretty well. Few companies can look in the mirror and make the same statement. I think Netflix could do better at developing internal talent. Not from a bureaucratic “create me a career path point of view, but a bit more formal and structured than it currently is. Senior management needs to stay vigilant about letting bad habits creep in when new employees from other companies join.

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