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Updated 25 April 2015
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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. Helpful (6)

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

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    • 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 (1)

    Freedom comes with Responsibility

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    • 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 a year)

    Pros

    You are treated as an adult. Minimal micro management. You are expected to take the lead for your projects. Your have ample space to try out your things and PMs are willing to listen and try out your ideas via an AB test.

    Cons

    I'd love to have an on-campus gym. They do have one shared by Aventino (the apartment community next to it). Ping pong tables and Sauna bath needed :)

    Advice to Management

    You are doing a great job! Thanks for inventing such an unique culture and exercising it for more than a decade.

  3. 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!

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Great Company to work for

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Netflix full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    You are given the freedom to do what you think is best for the company. Smart and passionate co-workers, and a great working environment.

    Cons

    Limited career opportunity, and more pressure than a lot of the other companies.

  6. Helpful (2)

    I had the best ever experience in my 28 years of experience!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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 (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Best "true" culture for people who enjoy freedom and responsibility and can make judgment calls.

    Cons

    Not structured - thats a good thing for the right people.

    Advice to Management

    Find ways for technical people to grow within the company.

  7. Helpful (9)

    great spot to make a quick buck

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Fremont, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Fremont, CA (US)

    I worked at Netflix full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Fair hourly wage
    Catered breakfast/lunch
    Performance based shift bids

    Cons

    Make one mistake and you're out of there

  8. Helpful (4)

    Content Operations Manager

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

    I worked at Netflix full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Smart group of (mostly) young people. Top of market salaries. Stock option. Perks--stocked kitchens, daily catered lunch, off-site team-building" activities, swag.

    Cons

    Benefits allowance doesn't go as far as it should if you're not twenty-something-without- dependents. The company's values of "freedom and responsibility" are quite clear in theory. How these translate on the ground is quite another thing that can only be described as a sort of collective narcissis. The environment is one in which everyone is constantly trying to prove their worth while watching their own back. The "responsibility " part of the equation is not reciprocal. It's sink or swim. Employees are let go quietly and efficiently; sort of erased. If you're a libertarian or a fan of Ayn Rand, good luck and enjoy the great pay. Otherwise, don't drink the Kool-Aid.

    Advice to Management

    No, you are not "cultural revolutionaries."

  9. Helpful (4)

    Better places to work than here unless you enjoy irate customers who get totally upset over minor things.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Hillsboro, OR (US)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Hillsboro, OR (US)

    I worked at Netflix full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Provide fairly well-stocked break room and often spring for pizza for everybody.

    Cons

    Management can't seem to get a grip on what method to use to manage operations and employees. Ever-changing operations plans leave employees bewildered and often paranoid.

    Advice to Management

    Yes, you're making tons of money and your stock is exorbitantly and obscenely high, but it's all at the expense of your employees. Learn how to manage people with a little respect for the individual and stop changing the workplace standard operating procedures so often. It confuses the masses, including those who manage and supervise.

  10. Helpful (5)

    Marketing

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

    I worked at Netflix

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

    Pros

    Good Salary and comfortable physical environmen,t but the treatment of women has caused a disturbing culture of sexual degradation for women.

    Cons

    Controversy and decline into pornography DVD's has led to workplace sexual inappropriateness from management. When the DVD "Kink" came in....dignity and respect for women in this company went out the door. It is sad that what was once a good company has declined into porno.

    Advice to Management

    Stop allowing Not Rated films and porno.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Politics over hard work.

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

    I worked at Netflix

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

    Pros

    Freedom & responsibility, creative atmosphere, free lunch and snacks

    Cons

    Freedom & responsibility on a superficial level, lots of politicking and waiting for people to dig their own graves, not much support or nurturing of talent

    Advice to Management

    Put aside your own insecurities and recognize talent, let people shine, it doesn't take light away from you, it enhances your genius.

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