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Netflix Los Gatos Reviews

Updated December 7, 2017
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Pros
  • stands by culture deck, 'freedom and responsibility' is not a buzz phrase but reality, treated like an adult, no micromanagement (in 49 reviews)

  • Creative environment, good pay, room for promotion (in 32 reviews)

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  1. "A breath of fresh air"

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

    I have been working at Netflix full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing benefits, compensation, and culture. Some forms of compensation are a little unusual compared with other companies in the Bay Area (e.g. the medical 'allowance' and risky optional options plan), but there is a good argument for the way Netflix does things.

    Cons

    The commute to Los Gatos.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Top Talent - Top Comany"

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

    I have been working at Netflix full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Netflix's talent is incredibly impressive. Employees are engaged and passionate about their work. There is more of a focus on the team succeeding than individual success. It's an environment that pushes people to be their best every day. It's an environment of adults. People are given freedom to work autonomously.

    Cons

    There are no cons at Netflix

    Advice to Management

    Keep hiring and retaining top talent.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Best job I ever had"

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

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

    Pros

    Dynamic, fun environment with lots of thoughtful, intelligent people. It's possible to have a real impact on your field by innovating and moving fast. HR supports employees with tough interpersonal challenges.

    Cons

    When people know in their heart of hearts they are not a top performer, they can be reactive, defensive, fatalistic and bitter. Some resort to toxic behavior. I wish they had the good sense to look for a more secure, less demanding environment.


  4. Helpful (7)

    "Good but worsening environment"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Los Gatos, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Los Gatos, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Netflix full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pay is good, but matches the pay from other big tech companies, except that it can be all base salary.


    They provide free food and a lot of snacks.


    Your peers are mostly very good.


    There’s very little bureaucracy for expenses or computer assessories.


    Flexible hours.

    Cons

    No bonus.


    The culture document is mainly a PR document. The culture in much of the company doesn’t actually match the culture document. The document is interpreted differently by the different orgs, VP’s and managers. At most, it’s applied to some IC’s, but doesn’t apply to management.


    There's a lot of politics between teams and orgs when there are overlapping projects and services. And having overlapping projects on different teams happens often. Negative and deceptive politics exists between teams in different orgs. It’s more rare, but it appears to be accepted and ignored.


    There’s a large amount of internal team politics, as each engineer needs to make himself look better (and others worse) to keep their job, to get to the next pay level, to become a manager, etc. This will get worse as the company grows in size. Management is purposefully oblivious to all of this.


    HR is a weak org. Their main job is recruiting. They do very little to make the company culture adhere to the culture doc.


    Management is self-centered and arrogant. They won’t acknowledge real problems until it smacks them in the face. This creates the appearance of a kool-aid environment. Most employees will ignore the issues to get along and reduce friction. The environment will worsen over time.


    Management does not help with career growth.


    No official IC titles other than Senior Software Engineer. This practice is likely followed to reduce turnover so people don't realize that they’re not paid enough money or promoted high enough, as compared to others there. They are deciding your pay based on external info, so they’re probably privately assigning a title to you, anyway. As far as career growth, this becomes an obstacle.


    Many managers are technically deficient and some are just poor managers, regardless of their technical knowledge. Most are mainly people managers.


    Be aware which way the wind is blowing as far as trends within the company. If you have a skill set that might become obsolete in the company or a skill set less valued than the hot new areas, than you can either be fired or your pay will stagnate.


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    "Senior Data Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Senior Data Scientist in Los Gatos, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Data Scientist in Los Gatos, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Netflix full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent culture, freedom to learn and to work on exciting projects. Great compensation package. The company treats their employees well and shows their appreciation for the hard work that makes Netflix great.

    Cons

    Culture is not for everyone, so if you realize that the culture doesn't fit with you or your values, it is best for everyone if you determine that early on.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work, stay nimble and innovative. Continue to treat the employees well and good luck in the future.


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    "Good Compensation, Some Politics"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Los Gatos, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Los Gatos, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Netflix full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Compensation, Work Environment, Progressive Culture

    Cons

    Heavy Group Think, Politics, Cross-Group Collabroation Tough

    Advice to Management

    Encourage Organizational Dissent


  7. Helpful (9)

    "Getting worse as Netflix grows"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Los Gatos, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Los Gatos, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Netflix full-time

    Pros

    * Salary
    * Perks (transportation / lunch / swag / celebrations)
    * Business is great, customers are happy
    * Internal tools are generally quite good

    Cons

    * Too much coordination required to get anything accomplished / too much coupling between systems (in contrast to stated culture)
    * Poor engineering practices on most teams and very difficult to get teams to move to newer technology
    * As company has grown, managers have taken a more active role, to the detriment of the code and architecture
    * No leadership/seniority path for engineers - which also implies all engineers believe that they are special snowflakes. This makes it hard to push for big changes.
    * Engineering talent is decreasing over time.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the business growing, but realize that the tech organization needs a re-prioritization of effort.

  8. "I love this place"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Los Gatos, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Los Gatos, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart and mature colleagues, great pay, lots of independence, open and honest culture, beautiful campus, solid benefits, tasty food, inspiring vision

    Cons

    I have no cons that are specific to this company but it's got a typical low percent of women in tech which is a bummer


  9. Helpful (12)

    "One of the best companies to work for, one of the worst company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Los Gatos, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Los Gatos, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great Base pay.
    - Some of the engineers are really smart and know what they are doing.
    - Free food and well stocked kitchen.
    - Good benefits including unlimited vacation.
    - Stock is doing great!
    -Hackday is always great and something to look for.

    Cons

    -Innovation is dying at this company. If you compare what the product was in 2011 vs. now, they are mostly playing with video playback in the UI and minor features. Probably the reason being, everyone wants to keep their job and want to have as many projects to continue.
    - Does lot of A/B testing, even for minor text changes. I'm glad they are not in hardware business else would have ruined the company. Felt product team is good, but not sure about what is right and don't have gut feeling on any thing.
    - Engineering teams competes with each other to build tools. Sometimes the work done for 9 months is thrown because other team built tool with cutting-edge technology.
     - Freedom and responsibility is there but it all depends upon on your leader & how much he allows to exercise it.
    - NIH within team syndrome.
    - Managers are sometimes pain and always want to build their 'own' team with 'own' people which discourages existing team.
    - IF you are looking for growth in the team, be careful of which team you are joining.
    - Favoritism is there and if the Mgr is really bad with employees, but good with his boss, he will get promoted. 360 only matters from peers and not from whom you manage.
    - Can't raise question on why we are doing this.If you are not aligned with manager's vision, sorry but you will get axed soon based on ground of technical imcompetency.
    - They try lots of recommendation A/B tests and merch logic but they are not sure if people will watch the title or not.

    Ultimately they need to realize they are streaming company which has value in only 1 thing : Content. If you build great product but content is not effective, you are relying on product and not content to sell. If rivals catch up on product , its an issue.

    Advice to Management

    Hire the people who have long term vision and who questions the authority on why we are doing this and not encourage who aligns with you. Don't want to see another qwikster debacle.


  10. Helpful (13)

    "Netflix is the same as working for HBO/Time Warner but everyone trying to pretend you work for Google"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Los Gatos, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Los Gatos, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Netflix full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They pay a ridiculous amount of money.

    Cons

    Horrible culture, everyone is afraid they will get fired any second. People hire their own friends/groups or people with less skills/experience so they can defend themselves against weaker employees and throw them under the bus. Lord help you if you don't know anyone when you get hired to form a posse' with.

    Advice to Management

    Stop with all your nonsense pitch deck, it's dated, old and you aren't hired the best talent away from Google, FB, Amazon....the sooner you realize you are just a content company, and maybe pay reasonable salaries with reasonable fostering environment the better. Just ask yourself: how many employees would leave if you cut their salary. Probably every one.


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