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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. 5 people found this helpful  

    Very good learning experience at a cost of a lot of heartache

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Supervisor III  in  Hillsboro, OR (US)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Supervisor III in Hillsboro, OR (US)

    I worked at Netflix full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Pay and benefits. They typically pay above scale and provide benefits from the time you become a full time employee.

    Cons

    Management, on several occasions missed their mark on several key initiatives in the center. Specifically they never had a clue what was happening on the floor in regards to employee satisfaction and were never involved in developing employees to rank up.

    "Manage up or out" was stated on several occasions and this approach is what developed a culture of fear in the call center. High turnover is never a positive motivating factor and management was quick to let go of the people who stood against that ideal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would share advice but management seems to agree with Hastings' approach of shooting from the hip and not listening to his trusted advisors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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