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Updated Dec 30, 2019

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3.3
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Netflix Founder, Chairman and CEO Reed Hastings
Reed Hastings
78 Ratings
  1. "Work at Netflix was good"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer 

    I worked at Netflix full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    great benefits smart colleagues freedom and responsibility

    Cons

    highly demanding long hours and wack schedules

    Netflix2019-12-17
  2. Helpful (137)

    "Netflix is not for everybody"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Los Gatos, CA

    I have been working at Netflix full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The best part about Netflix is that they try to pay 20% more than everybody else, so the compensation is good. They are not shy about spending money, so travel is business class, you'll get a new MacBook Pro every year, etc. The people there tend to be very nice, the catered lunch is delicious, and so forth. While there is still a lot of action in Los Gatos building the technology (although arguably it is becoming mature, as streaming is a commodity), the real drama is in Los Angeles, relating to content.

    Cons

    Netflix has very strange politics, because people's jobs are at the whim of their manager. In other words, if a manager decides that a particular report is no longer a "star," he or she will get a package. So, given that employees are not stupid, there is a lot of kissing up, resulting in a lot of comedy. Netflix believes in "360 feedback," but everybody I know only does that to their peers, and they become very political with their management chain.

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    Netflix2019-05-23
  3. Helpful (2)

    "Competitive salaries to compensate for a toxic culture"

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

    I worked at Netflix full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    * Competitive salaries * "Freedom and Responsibility" - access to pretty much all data/applications internally which eliminates barriers and promotes transparency

    Cons

    * Sexist and racist hiring practices * Only interviewed women in my final year there and this wasn't just my experience. This topic was broadly discussed in a room of 20+ engineers with HR present * Heard instances were management told staff to "lower the bar" to allow for more women to be hired * Managements role seemed to be centered around creating chaos * Layoffs were regular, often without warning * Reorged fives times in two years * As an engineer there is not much growth potential outside earning more money or switching tracks to become a manager

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    Netflix2019-12-31
  4. Helpful (3)

    "Easily the best company to work for"

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

    I worked at Netflix full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Managers tell you what needs to be done and why, giving you the freedom to decide how to achieve the goals. - Deadlines are reasonable and rarely require late nights or weekends. - Very little process getting in the way of coding. - No junior engineers, no slackers allowed. - Managers are very willing to fire employees who do not get their jobs done or who have bad attitude, so everyone is good at their job and easy to work with. - Base-pay is at least double what you're currently making (though there are no RSUs)

    Cons

    - It lacks some of the fun corporate secrets that Apple & Google have - The only thing that will grow is your salary. No real opportunity for a bigger/better title.

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    Netflix2019-09-20
  5. "strong culture"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Netflix full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    strong on freedom and responsibility. but requires a big commitment in return.

    Cons

    being on call on a regular basis and a high stress environment.

    Netflix2019-07-24
  6. Helpful (3)

    "It Was Ok..."

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Netflix full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    It was fun but annoying

    Cons

    Very annoying and a ton of pressure

    Netflix2019-03-28
  7. Helpful (36)

    "culture of tension and uncertainty - H1B visa holders think twice"

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

    I worked at Netflix full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - good compensation - free lunch and snacks - engineers smart and competent

    Cons

    - atmosphere of fear and uncertainty prevails - the management can be ruthless, egoistical and political - projects get cancelled, groups consolidated and employees get terminated - most managers are stressed out all the time and encouraged to weed out employees no longer useful or not performing to "high standards"

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    Netflix2019-02-18
  8. Helpful (37)

    "Incompetent engineering managers, average engineers"

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

    I have been working at Netflix full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Pay is great Free food Good 401k match

    Cons

    Culture deck is a bunch of lies. The reality is this: a) It hard to find "stunning collages" because hiring is broken. If you are good at talking, and repeating culture jargon in the interview, you can easily get it. You can look in LinkedIn to see the qualification, background and education level of our engineers. Many engineers here are from bodyshop Indian IT firms (the likes of Infosys, TCS etc), who came onsite and simply switched to Netflix - because they can TALK. b) Informed captions (mostly managers) are technically incompetent and has no clue on making any informed data driven decisions. Decisions are heavily driven by politics. c) The whole push of open and honest feedback is just a sham to make things look good. Providing critical feedback is impossible here, as it mostly backfires and results into getting fired. So people just keep providing rosy feedback. d) If you were hired into a bad team or don't like the work, it is very very hard to switch teams. Even if some other manager is willing to take you in their team, the current manager usually retaliates by triggering keeper test and you get fired. Essentially your manager tells the new hiring manager that this person was bad performer so switching team to not get fired. e) There is no career growth for ICs here, everyone has the same title and level. However, on management there is clear growth path - double standards.

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    Netflix2019-03-11
  9. Helpful (4)

    "Best company I have worked with"

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

    I worked at Netflix full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great culture, a lot of independence, they truly live the culture

    Cons

    Very few opportunities to move to other roles, especially in upper management positions

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    Netflix2019-01-23
  10. Helpful (46)

    "Senior software engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Netflix full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Perks like free food, unlimited vacations (though a double edged sword really), swag, sometimes exciting projects and some good coworkers.

    Cons

    Too much of hiring and firing. As a result everyone is looking out only for their roles and jobs. A lot of political crap. Esp not good for single income families or H1B visa holders. I've had people cry when they are let go because they don't have any other options. Take the good salary with the risk it gives. You will be let go, it's just a matter of when. Growth opportunities are non-existent and your salary bumps are very subjective. Work life balance is a joke at times but it depends on team and manager. You can't have great work life balance for long since either your manager will be let go or you will be let go for not working harder. Unlimited vacations are good in a good team but if your manager is a micromanager forget about it. It then becomes worse than limited vacations.

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    Netflix2019-01-14
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