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  • This in turn creates a culture of fear where people are constantly stressing out that they are "not doing enough" and might be fired any minute (in 21 reviews)

  • you will see people you like let go because they weren't the right fit for their role (in 46 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (18)

    "Fat paycheck and Nothing else beyond that"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Los Gatos, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Los Gatos, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Netflix full-time

    Pros

    Fat paycheck that is above the industry norm. It is all cash no stock grants, so they give you freedom to spend/invest the money as you want. If all you care about is the money this is the perfect place for you to work.

    Cons

    Very political environment. Management is clueless and is more interested in promoting themselves to upper mangement. Suck up and kick down culture. No collaboration between teams, they are out to get each other and throw you under the bus. Constant fear pervades within Individual contributor roles as they are not sure if they will be around next week. Company HR brags about how they are not shy about letting people go.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up before the company is driven into ground. As the culture says freedom and responsibility, there are no financial controls on many things. Lot of spend activities that are bordering unethical.


  2. Helpful (14)

    "Marketing"

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

    Pros

    Good Salary and comfortable physical environmen,t but the treatment of women has caused a disturbing culture of sexual degradation for women.

    Cons

    Controversy and decline into pornography DVD's has led to workplace sexual inappropriateness from management. When the DVD "Kink" came in....dignity and respect for women in this company went out the door. It is sad that what was once a good company has declined into porno.

    Advice to Management

    Stop allowing Not Rated films and porno.


  3. Helpful (23)

    "Worst place I've ever worked"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Gatos, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Gatos, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    None. Maybe the pay but I received a better offer from my current employer.

    Cons

    Political, bureaucratic, catty, micro-managing environment. Inexperienced management. No growth opportunities. Absolutely zero work life balance. Please do yourself a favor and listen to the other reviews on here and work literally anywhere else.


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  5. Helpful (43)

    "No Job security. Poor Management!"

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    Former Employee - Senior Position in Los Gatos, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Position in Los Gatos, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Pay. Benefits and perks. Catered Food.

    Cons

    No proper training. No room for error or else you will get fired culture. Politics. Arrogant Managers.
    I worked at Netflix for almost 5 years and I've always had great feedback during 360 reviews except for 1 person. That person who was new to the company gave me a bad review last year and that's the reason I lost my job. My manager made that review as a back-up to lay me off and totally lied that I am no longer fit for the job. Feeling betrayed and unjustly fired.

    Advice to Management

    Be aware.. What goes around comes around!


  6. Helpful (22)

    "Stay Away"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Gatos, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Gatos, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good "brand" for your resume, I guess. Outsiders will be impressed, if only because the PR machine has been in overdrive convincing people that this is still an innovative company. But a stock price bubble does not equal innovation.

    Cons

    Most of the honest reviews on here (meaning those not written by HR) have already covered it, but it's a terrible place to work - a pressure-cooker environment full of overpaid but insecure bosses who manage through fear and intimidation. Crazy high turnover in every group, lots of good people getting pushed out all the time by their managers. Then those people are blamed and insulted once they're gone and unable to defend themselves. The company also stopped innovating long ago. The salary, though substantial, is not worth it, especially when you see the C-level insiders routinely cashing out millions in shares like thieves in the night. Hmmm, what do they know that everyone else doesn't? Look elsewhere - there are many other more humane, ethical, and socially rewarding places to get paid well...like Wall Street.

    Advice to Management

    Keep selling as many shares as possible before the Wall Street lemmings finally figure you guys out. You have done a great job of this so far.


  7. Helpful (25)

    "For Engineers, this place is a joke"

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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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You're given independence and the ability to do your job how you see fit - some of the time. Most of the time management runs around like a chicken with their collective head cut off and priorities constantly change.

    Cons

    - The salaries are competitive, but not particularly high, despite what their so called slide deck proclaims. Keep in mind that your stock purchase and "bonus" is included, so $160k at Google is the same as $210k at Netflix.

    - Constant threats of firing, a culture of fear and throwing other employees under the bus to save your own skin. The threats of firing lead to crunch and absurd stress levels.

    - Employees aren't as intelligent as other high tech firms, they're hired more for the ability to play corporate politics than technical skill.

    - To follow on the above, the average stay here seems to be about a year. Understand that Netflix isn't an engineering company, it's an entertainment company and a fragile streaming infrastructure and clunky front end is built to consume that entertainment. But content is king, not the technology, and it never will be.

    Advice to Management

    I'd recommend working on technology a bit more. With the continual turnover and exodus of engineers, the technology and products are a house of cards.


  8. Helpful (40)

    "Salary 15% above market , Duration of employment 90% below market, Worst culture to work in"

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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
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You get paid 15% above market rate.
    I was making 165k in my last company (150k base + 15-20% bonus) in a stress free environment
    and then one fine day i found an opening at netflix which suited my profile.
    applied , gave the interview and they offered my 180k total.
    like a fool i jumped onboard.
    lost my job after 9 months and now back in the market.
    and yes those 9 months were no less than delivering a baby.

    Cons

    just after joining i realized that the guy sitting right next to me was fired few weeks ago.
    as i spent more time i realized most of the people around me were no more than an yr old.
    the work was too much but i thought they are paying me more so i worked hard at it.
    turns out i had 2 slight disagreements with a member in another team and bammm .....i was gone....

    the company has a very simple philosophy....if things are not 100% perfect ...fire and hire ......rinse and repeat........

    dont make the mistake i made....dont leave your stress free environment for 10-15k etc because you going to end up being fired the moment your performance falls below 100%

    Advice to Management

    reed thinks he is doing a great job..... i wonder does he ever read the reviews here on glassdoor.
    the only problem is these reviews are flooded by CS so hard to read the real software engg reviews.....


  9. Helpful (23)

    "Careful: If you happen to be fired for any reason, it is broadcast to everyone you worked with!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Los Gatos, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Los Gatos, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You might work with some very bright people and make good friends
    Opportunity to learn some very interesting skills and technologies
    Above market salary as long as it lasts

    Cons

    You might get all verbal accolades and encouragement till one fine day you are told that you are no longer needed!
    Managers could be picked randomly based on seniority from your peers if one leaves and may have little people skills.
    Firing, if it happens to you, is public, humiliating and outright insulting with a terse broadcast email.

    Advice to potential applicants:
    - Do not close your eyes to all the reviews on Glassdoor, thinking you are too smart too be fired
    - Do account for the potential time you might have to stay without job while comparing the salary to other places

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with respect.


  10. Helpful (18)

    "Don't waste your time if you live in the Bay Area! There are better places to dedicate your time!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Los Gatos, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Los Gatos, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Free snacks, nice office, pays well

    Cons

    Disgusting management! When you're in a small conference room making a personal call and your mgr is in the storage room listening to your phone call or following you everywhere you go! My manager said he was very happy with my performance after 3 months of hiring me. He just got too weird so I resigned. Then he pulled me aside to tell me that I wasn't smart to work for him! What a jerk! His ego was hurt bc he didnt get to fire me! The worst place to work! I'd rather get paid a little less to be in environment where you are valued for your hard work!

    Advice to Management

    Stop taking manager side! It's the worker bees that is keeping your business alive, not the management!


  11. Helpful (20)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.



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