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For Engineers, this place is a joke

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Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Los Gatos, CA (US)
Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Los Gatos, CA (US)

I worked at Netflix full-time for 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 ManagementAdvice

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.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Excellent company to work for

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Los Gatos, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Los Gatos, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Incredibly talented coworkers, opportunity to make a difference (your work is really seen in other parts of the company), very interesting area of work, top company in the world in its field, excellent compensation.

    Cons

    Very specific areas of work, it might be difficult to transition to other groups or do anything different if you are not a fit.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Very good pay and they make you pay for it

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Hillsboro, OR (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hillsboro, OR (US)

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

    Pros

    Very good pay
    Free movies
    Popcorn
    Tools are pretty good for a call center
    Lots of parking since they keep firing anyone that works on DVD

    Cons

    Horrible benefits. You pay a lot for nothing. Don't be fooled by the extra allotment
    No vacation policy means no vacations. The managers and HR are always gone. Maybe they get vacation...
    In last 3 months all the good managers were fired or they work in california
    HR was a recruiter and hardly knows HR. Now that person runs the center and makes the decisions
    Outsourcers keep taking our calls and then they mess them up and transfer them to us instead of the survey. Then our DSAT goes up and then we get fired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of the DVD business or shut it down. Stop making decisions based off what HR says.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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