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Netflix Los Gatos Reviews

Updated April 24, 2017
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  1. Helpful (4)

    "good company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer In Test in Los Gatos, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer In Test in Los Gatos, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    High-performing culture
    Unlimited vacation
    Pick your time to work
    Great pay

    Cons

    High performing culture
    If you get a manager that micro-manages it becomes annoying
    Too date driven while sacrificing quality - for a QA professional that's hard to take


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Company is maturing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Gatos, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Gatos, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Benefits and perks are amazing.. office food&snacks, unlimited vacation, one year maternity leave, amazing leadership by Reed.

    Cons

    No mentorship, no at the job training. Hard to get promotion because they will simply go out and hire someone instead of internally developing people


  3. Helpful (7)

    "Honestly couldn't imagine working somewhere else"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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

    Extremely competent colleagues. Fast-paced. Incredibly transparent. The culture is amazing. Benefits are amazing. Everyone here wants to do a good job. Management is being serious about diversity and it shows in their hiring.

    We're given incredibly autonomy to execute how we see best. I've never even heard of a company that gives individual contributors such autonomy!

    I bet if we decided to build a spacecraft, we could pivot and have an MVP in orbit by the end of 2017.

    It's also pretty neat to work for a movie studio, basically. Certainly much different than most companies in the Valley.

    Cons

    It's a little far down in the South Bay (Los Gatos), but there's a shuttle from SF.

    Deadlines can be intense and you really have to be an advocate for your time. If you're not an assertive person (or can't learn to be) then you will probably be overworked here.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure to stick to your guns, as far as the culture deck is concerned.


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  5. Helpful (16)

    "A culture of high performance can be daunting for some, but worth it."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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 3 years)

    Pros

    High performance environment - you're given a huge amount of responsibility and ownership to drive your work. You're able to see the direct impact you're making to the company, as a result.

    The company is incredibly transparent -- everyone in the company, no matter the "level," could tell you our business direction.

    Stunning colleagues. High bar for hiring, so you're working amongst smart, driven, and passionate folks.

    Cons

    High-performance environment -- expectations are high and you run full-speed, most of the time.
    Not the right kind of environment for everyone.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Great people and culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Los Gatos, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Los Gatos, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - High density of smart, talented people
    - High pay
    - Transparent approach to policy

    Cons

    - Little bit of a kool-aid atmosphere at times


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Gatos, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Gatos, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Meals provided and snacks; which is awesome since we are constantly working.
    Flexible.

    Cons

    Culture deck is whack. Freedom of responsibility is whack. A lot of favoritism is practiced and communication amongst team does not exist. Management does not communicate on changes only to secure job security.
    Always have to watch your back, two faced monsters

    Advice to Management

    Need to listen to all employees, not just management.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Exciting"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Compensation,Perks,401k Match , winning in their market

    Cons

    No cons as of now. keep up the good work

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work


  9. "Great Place to Work!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tier III in Los Gatos, CA
    Current Employee - Tier III in Los Gatos, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stunning colleagues, catered lunch, healthy snacks/drinks, great pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Every job has its cons, but if you are doing something you love, the little stuff won't matter.

    Advice to Management

    None at this time.


  10. Helpful (19)

    "Fat paycheck and Nothing else beyond that"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  11. Helpful (6)

    "Fast pace and fair"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Gatos, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Gatos, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of rumors about how Netflix treats its employees. The culture deck you see on the job site is real. The management team expects you to be a stellar performer, but you CAN make mistakes in the name of learning. However, if you don't learn quickly from the mistake you made, you are in trouble.

    You have a lot of freedom and responsibilities to help company move forward. Things also change so quickly that what you think is true last quarter may not be a month from now. Stay ahead of the curve and be prepared to defend your opinion with data and facts.

    Cons

    There are some politics in the marketing department. The CMO comes from a big movie studio, so he believes in flashy commercials and campaigns. There is a constant need to prove your team's worthiness which can be mind numbing.

    Advice to Management

    Talent pool is scarce in the valley. Treat them well by what the company preaches. Don't turn into Amazon!


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