Netflix Reviews

Updated 18 September 2014
Updated 18 September 2014
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Netflix Founder, Chairman and CEO Reed Hastings
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Freedom and Responsibility" is their guiding phrase here and it is true (in 29 reviews)

  • Good Pay & Fact paced work environment (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • Netflix makes no secret about it's high performance culture, which results in a very high turnover (in 18 reviews)

  • IT IS LITERALLY TRUE THAT IT IS CULTURE OF FEAR, no matter how talented you are (in 17 reviews)

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  1.  

    Awesome place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Netflix

    Pros

    Great co workers, benefits, and awesome atmosphere. Management is awesome and the job is easy to get the hang of.

    Cons

    Can deal with some angry customers and the job can get kind of repetitive. But overall best place I've worked for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be good at your job and follow the rules

  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Dynamic is not always a good thing.

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    Former Employee - Disposition Representative  in  Hillsboro, OR (US)
    Former Employee - Disposition Representative in Hillsboro, OR (US)

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

    Pros

    - Company is very motivated to make improvements and will not hesitate to try any path towards innovation. Therefore, things are constantly changing and providing a challenge.
    -Decent wages and benefits.
    -Flexible schedules

    Cons

    -Since company readily implements improvements, and not all initiatives are successful, there is a great deal of back tracking and job ambiguity.
    -Very fickle in requirements and needs

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Nice while it lasted, not everything it is cut out to be.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Lunch, brand that people are aware of.

    Cons

    Management overall is quite bad. Most people get promoted to the role based on seniority, not on actual ability to lead and mentor others.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Over matrixed under thought out

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    Former Employee - Senior Supervisor  in  Hillsboro, OR (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Supervisor in Hillsboro, OR (US)

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

    Pros

    Fast paced, energetic place to work. The compensation was great, and the tools at our disposal were more than adequate to build and retain strong teams.

    Cons

    To much reliance on matrix and not enough on individuality that empowers employees to do great things. While we had great tools, were were not given the autonomy to use them effectively. Good people had to be let go for arbitrary reasons, and other that should move on are kept.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward creativity, relax a wee bit, and never ever hire more people than you really need. Doing so creates problems down the road that are not good for anyone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    No place like it!

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    Former Employee - QC, Digital Supply Chain  in  Los Gatos, CA (US)
    Former Employee - QC, Digital Supply Chain in Los Gatos, CA (US)

    I worked at Netflix as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Worked with a great team; scrupulous attention to quality; great opportunities to stretch one's wings and pursue new skills; great food.

    Cons

    Inconsistencies within the workplace and the "culture deck." Loss of excellent team members when projects ended or were terminated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rethink the "Expect to be laid off" mentality; Retraining team members who could have been co-opted into new projects could give Netflix new vitality

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager  in  Los Gatos, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Los Gatos, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Productive culture that embraces new technology and gives you the ability to make decisions. Company makes you want to always do better, faster.

    Cons

    People in high ranking positions that are smart but can't manage. This results in high turnover and exceptional people leaving. There are several Directors/VP's that have no management experience. This really hurts the organization. Keep Beverly Hills in Beverly Hills. Content is not the same as Engineering.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reevaluate Talent Team and Leadership. Do research when filling high-level positions. Just because someone is smart, doesn't mean that they can lead.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 7 people found this helpful  

    Culture of fear...and (possibly) loathing

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Netflix

    Pros

    Relative to some Bay Area companies, Netflix pays about 10% to 20% better. Meaning, if you're unqualified, you'll get better pay than someone who is more qualified doing the same job in another Bay Area company. Altho, I hear this is changing and Netflix will only give you a raise if you can find someone in the Bay Area with the exact title and responsibilities who make more. Contrary to the buzz about Netflix being a tech innovator, it's become a "Hollywood" company. What drives Netflix is the Netflix "produced" shows; not the "innovative" streaming technology - Hollywood runs Netflix; not Los Gatos.

    Cons

    Since many people are only at Netflix for the higher than average salary, there is a culture of fear whereby people are constantly worried about their employment status in the company and will, unfortunately, submit to their baser instincts to do whatever it takes to keep their job. As for a high-performing culture, I guess it's relative but I've worked with much much more talented people elsewhere. Netflix is a great place if you are average and are able to keep upper management for figuring out that you are just average and are willing to do whatever it takes to keep up that facade. It's a less than ideal place if you are truly innovative and want to do amazing "new" things. Again, the new thing at Netflix is producing new shows; not technology.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You've done a great job of positioning Netflix as a high-performing place so that those who don't work at Netflix believe this to be the case, now, live up to this which is much harder said than done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company to work for

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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 more than 5 years

    Pros

    Amazing experience, very competitive salary, great office space cutting edge technologies.
    If you like fast moving environment and challenging task then this is a place for you. Company treats employees like adults

    Cons

    Sometimes environment is moving too fast. Unlimited vacation policy does not work in few cases. Be ready to get support calls in the middle of the night.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not really

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Sr. Weblogic Architect

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    Former Employee - Senior Weblogic Architect  in  Los Gatos, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Weblogic Architect in Los Gatos, CA (US)

    I worked at Netflix as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice company to work with NetFlix. No body compete salary in the Bay Area. Good Environment. You will get nice free lunch every day.

    Cons

    Netflix have to improve from Management Side..

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 9 people found this helpful  

    Highly political culture, dysfunctional.

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Administrator  in  Los Gatos, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Administrator in Los Gatos, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Pay and the Netflix name helps on your resume, since most people outside do not know how bad it is inside.

    Cons

    Mind numbing. Stress. Constantly watching your back. There are people who have very high title (Directors, Managers, even VPs) who got it because they've managed to stay there the longest. Not because they are qualified for the job. The long timer/oldtimers survived by CYA each others. Those who they think are dangerous to their job will get the knife in the back.

    It's not how good you are. It's how well you "play the game" and "fit in with the political culture". They value "safe" decisions that do not rock the boat. At least in the IT Ops dept that I worked in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your head out of the cloud once in a while. There's real problem underneath. Engineering got tired of the dysfunctional IT Ops group, and built their own infrastructure so they don't have to deal with incompetent people.

    Best thing to do is fire everyone in Ops, and start fresh.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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