Netflix Employee Reviews about "let go"

Updated Dec 10, 2020

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  • "People are let go constantly if they're not performing(in 58 reviews)

  • "I struggled with work/life balance(in 37 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Netflix is the place to be

      Sep 29, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      A great culture that focuses on freedom & responsibility and tries to avoid the pitfalls of typical Hollywood. You work among the best and brightest. You're treated like an adult in terms of how & when to do your work-- as long as it gets done and is done well. Plus, I mean, who can resist free food?

      Cons

      The culture isn't for everyone. If you're not performing at your best, you could be let go. Not a place for people who try to skate by.

      9 people found this review helpful
    2. 3.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Different company than in the past

      Nov 22, 2020 - Corporate 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      1. Top pay 2. Exciting company doing great things 3. Smart people

      Cons

      1. Definitely a culture of fear. People are let go constantly if they're not performing. The company is very open about this part of their culture, so just know what you're getting in to. 2. Company used to have a very strong culture (read their culture memo). That culture has evolved and, in the opinion of many people who've been there for a while, eroded. People regularly ignore key principles of the culture. Part of it is due to the company's rapid growth. Netflix with 8000 employees is very different from Netflix with 1000 employees 6-7 years ago. That level of rapid growth seriously diluted the culture. 3. Much less freedom & responsibility than in the past. Becoming more bureaucratic and political. 4. Much less forthright and candid from management. For example, management recently got rid of the 5% free options. Management framed it as more choice for employees (as the 5% free options were converted to cash salary, which employees can then allocate to options if they want), but as the comp philosophy of top of market typically didn't take into account the 5% free options, employees viewed this move as management disingenuously reducing salaries by 5%. 5. because there are so many more employees, career growth is much more limited (just a natural consequence of greater number of employees, more niche roles, etc.).

      14 people found this review helpful
    3. 3.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Don’t be distracted by the paycheck. Hard to grow within.

      Nov 1, 2020 - Recruiting Coordinator 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Paycheck - Depending on your team, you can work with some really sharp people - Environment full of top performers, type A people - Benefits

      Cons

      - Little opportunity for development. You really have to push yourself into rooms and advocate for yourself over and over. Even then, it’s hard to grow into new positions or teams without playing office politics. - Management often gives you the run around and has their hands tied when decisions are made from higher ups - You are expected to deliver near perfect results in a quick turnaround time. Can be stressful if you don’t want to be in a fast paced environment - Expect to be treated like an athlete on a sports team. You will be trained, given direction and if you don’t deliver after a bit of coaching you will be let go.

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      6 people found this review helpful
    4. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Worst place to work

      Sep 18, 2020 - Customer Service Representative in Salt Lake City, UT
      Recommend
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      Pros

      cool environment to work in

      Cons

      Management pretends to care about you but they really dont. I was let go due to another persons screw up - workforce management changed my schedule to come in half an hour earlier but the employee helping me didnt confirm and another employee that took that over (because the first employee was off) finished updating my schedule however they changed it to come in an hour earlier I wasnt able to check because you arent allowed to access your work email at home. I showed up at the time i thought i was scheduled and noticed my time card was messed up. I reached out to my manager and she told me not to worry about it and everything was fine. I show up the following week and get fired in front of my entire team... She handed me a box and told me i was 30 minutes late and thats unacceptable. They fire people in front of their entire team all the time it is so messed up and embarrassing.

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      10 people found this review helpful
    5. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Work there at your own risk for a short period

      Apr 1, 2020 - Executive Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Pay, perks and Great resume buffer as well

      Cons

      Terrifying with anxiety 24/7. While working at Netflix it feels like you’re trying to survive rather than thrive. Your job is always on the line, you can be let go at any point and people work in fear to the point that they expect to be let go.

      40 people found this review helpful
    6. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Excellent Job With a Few Downsides

      Dec 17, 2019 - Technical Research Assistant in Salt Lake City, UT
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Pay and benefits are great. Excellent Coworkers The Job training course is excellent Great place to gain skills preparing for more advanced IT jobs Flexible Scheduling and tons of Vacation Time Fantastic Culture of Freedom and Responsibility

      Cons

      Things change very quickly and you have to be able to adapt quickly. They fire people frequently. Most of the management team has been let go meaning they're extremely understaffed. The work itself is difficult and always changing so it can be a bit overwhelming.

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      7 people found this review helpful
    7. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Senior software engineer

      Jan 13, 2019 - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      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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      58 people found this review helpful
    8. 2.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      NA

      Nov 15, 2016 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      An offer you cant resist

      Cons

      You will literally quit a decent job to come here thinking you have found something great only to find that you have stepped in front of an immature high school firing squad. There is no obectivity to the termination process so any of them could terminate for unethical reasons that are summed up in the phrase, you are not a high performer or you weren't a right fit. There constantly breathing down your neck and watching you looking for you to do something wrong. THeres little warning. Generally you get one. If your lucky or buddy buddy with with management or the supes you might get a bit more slack, maybe a lot more. If they dont like what they see they could be rid of you in less than a month and they openly joke about terminating people and about how expendable you are from day one. I read the reviews on here and went in and smellled the fish immediately. FIrst off they bring on a ton of people all the time for an amazing job so where do they end up. All of this is contingent on whether they decide if you are fit for production. You could be let go at the end of training and they dont give you any metrics on how that decision is made.

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      39 people found this review helpful
    9. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      A roller coaster ride of excitement and stress

      Nov 17, 2014 - Senior Software Engineer in Los Gatos, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Excellent salary, smart people, great time flexibility, satisfying projects. The company values of freedom and responsibility are really like treating employees like adults and trusting them to execute the best overall decisions for the company, which is effective when enough context is given. Innovation and experimentation is rewarded well and many opportunities for ongoing education are offered.

      Cons

      Internal politics. Lots of blame game behavior played as subtly (yet transparently if you pay attention) as possible. Some managers spend too much time in the code instead of managing their team. I had the experience of offering many recommendations for improving team performance and not having them implemented because the culture here is to just do what you want and either get rewarded hugely or sacked. Management coaching appears to be improving, but inconsistently applied. I've seen people who need to be let go stay on for a long time with many opportunities to change and people who were very competent let go without much warning that they need to change something. I've also seen projects executed that solved the business problems presented but were dropped because management didn't like it rather than some other specific reasons.

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      18 people found this review helpful
    10. 3.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      A successful cult

      Nov 14, 2009 - Director in Los Gatos, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Pay Lots of smart people around you all working as hard as you do to make company succeed Strangers say "I love that company", this will always make you feel good

      Cons

      Always on -- blackberries are assigned on entrance to corporate and you can bet your bottom dollar that no matter where you are, you will be expected to at least stay on top of the latest, if not participate. Hyper insular culture -- the fallacy of success pervades this company like no other. VPs are never wrong, even when they are, because the companies' success surely must be a reflection of the VPs and C level people's prior decisions. Challenge the VPs more than once and you will be sure not to last too long Related to always on: incessant pressure. Since as early as the first round interviews you are informed that you may be let go any day for any reason, you will spend at the least the first 12 months in chronic fear. Once out of the first 12 months, you will always hear that voice in the back of your head say, "you better work harder or the ax may fall tomorrow."

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      12 people found this review helpful
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