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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. Helpful (11)

    "Fantastic place to work"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 full-time

    Pros

    This is a great place to work if you're genuinely interested in the success of your coworkers and are able to clearly see the connection between that and the success of the business.

    Freedom and responsibility is definitely practiced here. No one will hand you a project, deadlines, and a specific way to go about doing your work. They trust that they've hired the best people to do the job and they leave it up to the individual to identify problems and figure out how to solve them. This sort of environment is not for everyone, because you have to build strong enough relationships with your coworkers so they'd go to bat for you on your projects. Team-building isn't a company-mandated activity here. It's an everyday practice and an integral part of the job.

    Feedback is candid and immediate, so get ready. There's no sugarcoating here. To be successful here, you have to be open to criticism, no matter how direct. This, again, might not work for everyone, but it makes your next course of action very clear, as opposed to sugarcoated feedback that leaves you confused as to what you should do.

    Cons

    Netflix gets a bad rap, because it's not for everyone. The fact is, that's not necessarily a bad thing, and there's no shame in trying something out and seeing if it works out for you. What appears difficult about Netflix is exactly what makes it a great place to work. You have to be able to manage yourself, no one will manage your time for you.

    While the company is not as diverse as it could be, the commitment to diversity is something I've witnessed first-hand from leadership and employees alike. The tone is set that diversifying the company is a part of everyone's job at Netflix, not just the recruiting team.

    If you need someone to manage your time for you, need your tasks to be very clear and outlined by a manager, or you can't handle feedback, then Netflix isn't for you.

    Advice to Management

    Continue fostering employee relationships, and emphasize the importance of making those connections as early as possible in an employee's journey.


  2. Helpful (20)

    "Great place to work!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    Pros

    Freedom to do anything you like. There is absolutely no process. You are responsible to get work done. Lot of transparency. Great colleagues.

    Cons

    With responsibility comes great power. Use cautiously!

  3. "UI desigher"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - UI Designer in Los Gatos, CA
    Former Employee - UI Designer in Los Gatos, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    all designer are talented

    Cons

    too meany of meal in the design team


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Freedom"

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    • Culture & Values
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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 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Freedom to choose solution path and coordinate to accomplish one's goals is something everyone has an opportunity to experience. Micro management is not in the DNA of management at Netflix.

    Cons

    Choosing wrong or failing to communicate effectively can have career limiting side effects. It is true that one is given the opportunity to fail and learn from those mistakes, but it should not be taken lightly. One has a limited number of silver bullets that can be spent on mistakes.

    Advice to Management

    Empathy for challenges undertaken can create the kind of support needed to fuel confidence to succeed under enormous pressure and complexity.


  5. "Assistant Supervisor Customer Service"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Los Gatos, CA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Los Gatos, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Netflix (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture, maintaining the values and working hard is key components to working for this company.

    Cons

    Room to move up could be challenging.


  6. Helpful (26)

    "Use them, don't let them use you!"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Gatos, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Gatos, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    +Top of the line pay
    +Great benefits package
    +Free catered meals+snacks (vending machines here dispense electronics!)
    +Lots of free swag and of course a free account
    +"Freedom and responsibility"

    +Once you move on from Netflix, it's very easy to get a job anywhere else once you have Netflix on YOUR resume.

    Cons

    Amount of office politics and favoritism is downright ridiculous.

    They encourage "transparency" but the moment you speak out too much or to the wrong person, you automatically have a bullseye on you. Yes, people are often let go all the time with very little context or insight.

    Netflix culture stresses "stunning colleagues" but in reality, it's a very superficial environment where people who suck up to the right people or "SAY YES" types are the only ones who do well.

    Oh and despite being a "fast moving" company, there's little room for internal growth. What you get hired in as will most likely be your one and only position with the company.

    Advice to Management

    As a salaried employee, there's no reason why you need to treat hourly employees so poorly (no stock options, no unlimited PTO policy, etc.)


  7. "Global Learning and Development Curriculum Developer, e-learning"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Global Learning and Development Curriculum Developer, E-learning in Los Gatos, CA
    Current Employee - Global Learning and Development Curriculum Developer, E-learning in Los Gatos, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Brilliant team of fellow employees

    Cons

    I don't have any cons at this time.

  8. Helpful (26)

    "Have a backup plan"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Gatos, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Gatos, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Netflix full-time

    Pros

    Many of the people who work here are top performers. Many companies say they only hire the best yet it feels more consistent here. High bar to get in. Free snacks and flexible time.

    Cons

    Management can and will fire you for any reason they want. Don't make the mistake thinking it can only be performance related. There are no guidelines to how long it takes to terminate you. Before you know a pink slip may be handed to you. I saw people get fired without anyone understanding why.

    Corporate culture wants people who strive to make the company better. Most are simply yes-men to keep their high salary job.

    Not very diverse. Walk around campus for 5 minutes and it's clear the demographic they target.


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Smart people, culture built on candor"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Research Manager in Los Gatos, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Research Manager in Los Gatos, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Open communication across teams and departments, incredible pay, decent lunches, very little process slowing you down

    Cons

    High standards mean you'll see coworkers frequently get fired and worry the first six months about where you stand

    Advice to Management

    Make it clear to new employees when they are doing well to ease concerns about being let go


  10. Helpful (19)

    "Great product, OK culture"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Gatos, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Gatos, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great product
    - Top-of-market compensation
    - Flexible hours
    - Rapid expansion
    - The reaction you get when you tell people you work for Netflix

    Cons

    - "Culture of fear"
    - Office politics
    - Ambiguous vacation policy works against employees (many work over major holidays)
    - Difficult personalities and poor alignment/coordination between departments
    - Limited room for growth and internal mobility
    - Subservient attitude toward management

    Advice to Management

    While a culture of fear increases productivity, it can encourage finger pointing and stifle creativity.


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