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Updated 26 January 2015
Updated 26 January 2015
434 Reviews
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Netflix Founder, Chairman and CEO Reed Hastings
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Pros
  • Work atmosphere is awesome with lot of freedom and responsibility (in 31 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Company to Work for

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

    I have been working at Netflix

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Continue the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    Trapped & Talented

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Digital Account Specialist in Beverly Hills, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Digital Account Specialist in Beverly Hills, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Lunch, healthcare, experience and unlimited vacations.

    Cons

    No growth and the culture IS too good to be true, we live and breed fear.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management fears there own position that they can't efficiently manage their team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great Company, Inexperienced Management

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

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

    Pros

    Great Product, Driven culture, Cross Team Collaboration.

    Cons

    There are a couple of cons that seem to be proving to become obstacles for productivity. My Director loves to bully and has fired the valuable individuals on our team. She is afraid of anyone that is smarter than her that also contributes and gets recognized for their contribution. Instead of building a great team, sadly this Director manages two unrelated teams with no knowledge on how to manage either. She thrives on driving fear. Sad as most of the people here are genuinely great people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't sacrifice two great teams for a poor director.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Best job I have ever had

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director of Engineering in Los Gatos, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Director of Engineering in Los Gatos, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Excellent environment for smart and motivated SW devs. Very little politics. Technology leader. Very focused on streaming video on demand. Value smart devs, not 24-7 heros. Tremendous opportunity to influence video and entertainment industries.

    Cons

    If you are a task-oriented dev, if you need an architect or manager to give you a list of deliverables, you will not do well at Netflix. If you are a control-freak you will not do well.

  7. 10 people found this helpful  

    An incredible environment that will definitely make you grow as a professional

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I have worked for Netflix for 3 years. As most of reviews say, it is incredible to see how open and honest the culture is. The company is still pretty flat for its size, and you can feel your impact on initiatives you work on. Development moves very fast and our cycles are short and iterative. Multiple 6-month long projects in other companies get out the door in a matter of a few weeks.

    I definitely feel like reviews on Glassdoor do not make justice to the Netflix environment. Yes, there is a lot of work, but I do not feel people get let go all the time, or that anyone would feel scared of being fired without reason. People do not get let go without fair warning. Everyone I know that has been let go so far saw it coming and recognizes it is the best for both them and the company. I find it hard to believe sometimes we have to overcome people's fears in that aspect. And newcomers realize very fast there is a myth and feel great to have joined.

    In short, it is a remarkable, fair and candid company and I am thrilled to have joined and I plan to go nowhere in the next 5 years.

    Cons

    I agree there is no career plan or defined development, but then again, this translates into a lot of freedom to forge your own path. Plus, people who are hired are usually senior, so I feel there is less of a need for a strict career plan. When you work at Netflix, you are exposed to so much that it is easy to explain why you grow so much in a short period of time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    One of the biggest fears within the company is that our amazing culture gets diluted as we grow, so it is important to continue investing to keep the culture alive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    At Netflix the technology is the WHAT you do, providing great content for subscribers to enjoy is the WHY

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Los Gatos, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Los Gatos, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Netflix is singularly focused. They want to provide great family content for their subscribers to enjoy. By doing that, people feel they are getting the most from their monthly subscription. They have a robust service that is well architected, and they have discipline that has been honed for over a decade to become the best at what they do. As so many leadership books say, you can tell way more about someone by what they say NO to, and how well they can say NO. Netflix doesn't do ads, pay-per-view, purchasable content, or porn. Just thoughtful, edgy, and family programming so you can enjoy your subscription. They're bigger than people perceive, around 3,000 at time of this writing, but still have that startup feel of "just get stuff done." They get rid of all unnecessary process, so even in management, I can spend most of my time focusing on adding value to our customers instead of administrivia.

    Cons

    Netflix prides themselves on hiring super senior people that are like a pro team. Everyone is treated like a professional. You won't find any interns at Netflix. You'll only be working with people that have been in the industry and are smart at what they're doing--but that doesn't mean they're smart at everything. So some coordination and challenging of each other is necessary for success. If you're more introverted and don't speak up much, and not much of a self-starter, this isn't a good company for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The singular focus is fantastic, but a little bit of effort toward leadership development would help the company through the next growth spurt it needs and assure we can grow our next level of executive leaders from within.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Amazing culture, clear and transparent strategy, and an amazing staff.

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

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

    Pros

    - The company has amazing work culture. They encourage personal responsibility, so you're allowed to work the way you like to work as long as work is getting done.

    - All teams appear to be very clear and transparent with regards to strategy. I knew exactly what I was doing, why I was doing it and what the overall objective was. Lots of clear communication and collaboration. You think this would be a no brainer for all companies, but this is increasingly rare so it's great to see Netflix embrace communication.

    - Plenty of parking in the Beverly Hills office.

    - Catered lunch EVERYDAY.

    Cons

    -Lack of new employee onboarding for your particular role. When you're new, everyone is really busy so there is rarely time for you to sit down with someone and learn the processes for your role that are specific to Netflix. A lot of it is learning on the fly and asking questions as they come up. This is fine if you're a fast learner or have a lot of experience for your role, but for others this can be a very difficult roadblock that can affect campaigns early on and stifle rapport building within teams

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have created an amazing product and an amazing place to work. Keep going!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Smart people, challenging work

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

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

    Pros

    Everyone I work with at Netflix is incredibly smart, thoughtful and ready to challenge ideas. It's a great place to foster innovation and the culture of you setting your own hours and vacation time can't be beat.

    Cons

    There are times when changes are put in place by brute force (C-level said so) that is in such a clash with the rest of the culture that it is upsetting and derails the ideation process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote more from within, and have peers interview new candidates.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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