Netflix Reviews

Updated 12 April 2015
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  1. Helpful (3)

    The best place to work at for software development in the valley

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great problems to solve
    Freedom and responsibility culture
    Work with many talented people
    Low turnover
    No Fear of my job.
    Ability to do a great job
    Highly visible product that is fun to work on
    Large scale problems
    Great work life balance

    Cons

    None at all. This is the best place I have ever worked

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.

  2. Helpful (2)

    Great culture of freedom and responsibility.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Data Engineer in Los Gatos, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Data Engineer in Los Gatos, CA (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working with stunning colleagues
    Solving complicated problems

    Cons

    None at all.. none at all.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work with holding us true to our culture!

  3. Helpful (3)

    Growth and evolution

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Gatos, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Gatos, CA (US)

    I have been working at Netflix full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company moves fast and you can be very productive. Minimal bureaucracy. Generally good at attempting to disseminate vision from top-down. Strong technical contributors and great peers. Most policies and practices are employee-friendly (in that there's little impediments to getting stuff done). Company does get rid of low-performers regularly.

    Cons

    As with many rapidly growing organizations, there's some chaos and politically-biased positioning during the changes. Some managers are focused too tactically on product today, not strengthening the team and products for future. If you need to work at a place where things don't change much or where you can know you'll be employed for years--this is not the place for you. Work load can be heavy at times (but the work itself is interesting and fun).

    Advice to Management

    As the company continues to move from a maverick streaming technology startup to a operations-focused content provider, there should be more discussion about how the culture and product is changing and how it needs to shift more. In the past 5 years, engineer headcount has more than doubled -- how can we continue to adapt our management and development at the same rate of success (or better) with this much larger org?

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  5. Helpful (9)

    Freedom and responsibility and paying top of the market

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Netflix

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - High salary focused on cash compensation
    - freedom and responsibility, no micromanagement actually
    -

    Cons

    - Technically, a single engineer should cover wide range of areas including coding, testing, packaging, deployment, monitoring, etc. This can be a great challenge but sometimes this will create fatigue.
    - Sometimes, it happened that somebody was fired but hard to understand why he/she was let go.

  6. Helpful (3)

    Awesome company if you are engineer.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great co-workers, good support, great pay.

    Cons

    Not for everybody. Manager if he/she is not careful and politically savvy can have short lifetime with a company.

  7. Helpful (1)

    The culture is the real deal; read the deck. It really is the blueprint for our culture.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Los Gatos, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Director in Los Gatos, CA (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Freedom and Responsibility from the culture deck is true
    Super smart people that love what they do
    Awesome brand
    Compensation is top of market

    Cons

    Things move quickly; sometimes hard to keep up
    High performing culture means there is pressure, but deliver rather than worry and you will be fine

    Advice to Management

    As we grow we need to consider other means of communication. Memo's are great but we need to find more efficient means of communicating.

  8. Helpful (7)

    Horrible working conditions

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Netflix

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The free account was pretty good.

    Cons

    Managment has no idea what they are doing!

    Advice to Management

    Get a clue

  9. Helpful (1)

    Movies 101

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Netflix

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The can do, us against the world spirit.

    Cons

    Hours, lack of bonus, lack of holidays, presure

  10. Great place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Every day is different and you can leave it at the door on the way out. Free food.

    Cons

    DVD side will be closing in a few years.

  11. Helpful (3)

    Great Company to Work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Netflix

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very Stable, great enviroment, excellent remuneration. I have been with the company for over 7 years now and have grown a lot in the company - Both Mentally and Financially ( My salary has more than doubled over my stay).

    Culture is a big thing here and if you do not fit then you do not stay.

    Cons

    There is a culture of freedom and responsibility and if you are coming from an organization which is very bureaucratic you might have a culture shock here. The immediate response people get are, "There is no work-life balance", "There are no controls here"..

    When in reality at Netflix expectations are for you to be independent and productive.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the good work

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