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"Over matrixed under thought out"

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Former Employee - Senior Supervisor in Hillsboro, OR
Former Employee - Senior Supervisor in Hillsboro, OR
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I worked at Netflix full-time (More than a year)

Pros

Fast paced, energetic place to work. The compensation was great, and the tools at our disposal were more than adequate to build and retain strong teams.

Cons

To much reliance on matrix and not enough on individuality that empowers employees to do great things. While we had great tools, were were not given the autonomy to use them effectively. Good people had to be let go for arbitrary reasons, and other that should move on are kept.

Advice to Management

Reward creativity, relax a wee bit, and never ever hire more people than you really need. Doing so creates problems down the road that are not good for anyone.

Other Employee Reviews for Netflix

  1. Helpful (13)

    "Highly political culture, dysfunctional."

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Administrator in Los Gatos, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Administrator in Los Gatos, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Netflix full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Pay and the Netflix name helps on your resume, since most people outside do not know how bad it is inside.

    Cons

    Mind numbing. Stress. Constantly watching your back. There are people who have very high title (Directors, Managers, even VPs) who got it because they've managed to stay there the longest. Not because they are qualified for the job. The long timer/oldtimers survived by CYA each others. Those who they think are dangerous to their job will get the knife in the back.

    It's not how good you are. It's how well you "play the game" and "fit in with the political culture". They value "safe" decisions that do not rock the boat. At least in the IT Ops dept that I worked in.

    Advice to Management

    Get your head out of the cloud once in a while. There's real problem underneath. Engineering got tired of the dysfunctional IT Ops group, and built their own infrastructure so they don't have to deal with incompetent people.

    Best thing to do is fire everyone in Ops, and start fresh.


  2. Helpful (9)

    "A year at Netflix is equal to 2-3 years most other places -- talent density creates accomplishment density."

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    Current Employee - Director Engineering in Los Gatos, CA
    Current Employee - Director Engineering in Los Gatos, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Netflix full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fast-moving. Few bureaucratic distractions. Willing to make big, disruptive changes quickly. The move to original content was smart and will propel growth well into the future.

    If you function well in a meritocracy, then you will likely be successful at Netflix.

    Cons

    They're getting big, and that growth is adding pressure to sacrifice some elements of their culture that made them unique and a desirable place to work.

    The quality of talent getting hired or promoted now is much less impressive than in the earlier years.

    The environment is increasingly political, which may be related to the hiring/promotion of more average, less-impressive employees.

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