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A great, fun place to work

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

I have been working at Netflix

Pros

The service/product is fun to work on, and my friends all know what it is. Netflix is very flexible in a number of ways (work hours and vacation time), my coworkers are competent, and the pay is very good.

Cons

Since we tend to hire experienced engineers in the first place, there aren't pronounced tiers among engineers, so promotions are very rare.

Promotions seem much more common in management positions, and even those seem to be mostly in-place promotions (i.e. the employee's responsibilities don't seem to change with the promotion).

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Thanks for everything, and keep up the good work.

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Other Reviews for Netflix

  1.  

    The job is full of freedom and responsibility.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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

    Pros

    A super big plus is the vacation policy - you get to have unlimited paid vacation (they don't track it here).

    Cons

    I don't have any cons to mention.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 21 people found this helpful  

    Brutal Working Environment = Corporate 'Hunger Games'

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    Compensation is very high (so long as you remain employed, of course). Free lunch and snacks make each day somewhat more tolerable. Colleagues are generally very competent, although this is changing as the company grows. Hassle free policies re: expense reimbursement, gadgets.

    Cons

    The company believes their culture is an asset, but they could not be more wrong. This belief is actually a testament to the general lack of self-awareness plaguing that company which of course starts at the top. Once you get past the propaganda in the culture deck and actually work there, you realize that high comp is the only retention tool they have, as most people would not stay in an environment like that unless they were compensated really well. Imagine a corporate Hunger Games. "Freedom & Responsibility" actually means chaos, as employees and managers react (and overreact) to the fire drill or mini-crisis of the hour - usually crises that would have never occurred had there been actual teamwork, communication and trust. But everyone is so fearful of getting that "generous severance package" that passing the blame onto others and throwing team members under the bus becomes a necessity at every turn. And the executive tier is so grossly over-compensated and entrenched that they are the absolute worst at this, ruthlessly ensuring their own survival by managing through terminations. Employees are discarded like garbage for no apparent reason. This happens all the time. I don't know how long a culture like that can sustain itself.

    To prospective applicants or those with offers, especially those who think this will not apply to you, you're a high-performer, blah blah - first off, get real - Netflix fires the 'high-performers' first because they threaten the mediocre, entrenched executive tier. Then read the reviews on here that discuss a "culture of fear" and take them seriously. And then read them again. Ignore Kool-aid drinking current employees and find a fired former employee or two in your neighborhood (that should not be difficult to do). Buy them a few drinks and then ask them to tell you the truth. Take notes. And then run like hell.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management does not listen to advice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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