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Netflix Reviews in Los Gatos, CA

Updated Jul 31, 2014
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3.7 149 reviews

82% Approve of the CEO

Netflix Founder, Chairman and CEO Reed Hastings

Reed Hastings

(131 ratings)

68% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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  • Freedom and Responsibility" is their guiding phrase here and it is true (in 29 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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    Brutal Working Environment = Corporate 'Hunger Games'

    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee) Los Gatos, CA (US)

    ProsCompensation 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.

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementManagement does not listen to advice.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Stay away. Too many great people are arbitrarily let go, with no warning or cause. Zero stability. Fear culture.

    Anonymous (Current Employee) Los Gatos, CA (US)

    ProsPay, free lunch. Some awesome people.

    ConsJerks, underachievers, people who have risen to upper management who don't have talent. Boring. Not innovative. No vacation policy means it's abused by people at the top and people at the bottom are too scared. HR is corrupt.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop worrying so much about yourself, try to make a great product. Stop wasting so much money, it's disgusting.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Fast paced, intense environment

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Los Gatos, CA (US)

    Pros-Really smart, motivated, and reliable team members
    -Great salary
    -You'll learn a lot from the people you work with
    -Fantastic product

    Cons-Senior management makes decisions without checking in with the SME's within the company.
    -People get fired much faster without much warning. If you have a good manager, you will be happy to have the people who aren't pulling their weight gone quickly without causing too many problems.
    -It's hard to leave the office during the day, if needed. There is a big focus on face time.

    Advice to Senior Management-Before implementing an idea, check with your highly compensated SME's.
    -Make sure you are listening to and keeping a pulse on your customers.
    -Give employees more trust so that the high performers don't constantly feel like they could be fired for any small mistake. This kind of fear leads to a nervous, management pleasing environment.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Performance rewarded

    Supervisor (Current Employee) Los Gatos, CA (US)

    ProsNetflix has created a very competitive culture that promotes and drives innovation.

    ConsHaving a very competitive work environment can get into the way of a healthy work/life balance.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe Netflix values encompass traits you would find beneficial with any employee.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Empowering place to work - Little bureaucracy for size

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Los Gatos, CA (US)

    ProsCompany culture strives to minimize process in favor of trusting employees and giving them room to run. This results in an organization powered by experienced self-starters who are incredible people to learn from. It provides the maturity of a larger company with talented people, while still enabling considerable creative freedom. (Applies to Los Gatos HQ)

    ConsCoordination can sometimes be weak due to "loosely coupled" culture. It is very easy to get out of sync on goals and expectations with teammates and managers unless one is very vigilant and communicates well. Most managers try to adhere to the culture, but each deviates in their own idiosyncratic way.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStronger cross-function consistency as regards to commitment to culture would be ideal. Product, Content, Marketing, and Finance have all substantially deviated in their own ways.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place with high rewards and risks

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) Los Gatos, CA (US)

    ProsGenerous Compensation.
    High productivity enivronment, you can feel sense of accomplishment.

    ConsCulture of Fear.
    There is no second warning. But you are let go.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work

    Senior Data Engineer (Current Employee) Los Gatos, CA (US)

    ProsCulture of freedom and responsibility, brilliant coworkers,

    ConsThere are no cons here

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great pay

    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee) Los Gatos, CA (US)

    ProsExcellent wages lots of autonomy

    ConsToo much turnover. Can be hard to get away from work

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good company

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) Los Gatos, CA (US)

    ProsSmart people, less politics, freedom to use resources

    ConsLunches are not good. Only one performance review per year for a raise.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThey are very open on the information.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    No place like it!

    QC, Digital Supply Chain (Former Employee) Los Gatos, CA (US)

    ProsWorked with a great team; scrupulous attention to quality; great opportunities to stretch one's wings and pursue new skills; great food.

    ConsInconsistencies within the workplace and the "culture deck." Loss of excellent team members when projects ended or were terminated.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRethink the "Expect to be laid off" mentality; Retraining team members who could have been co-opted into new projects could give Netflix new vitality

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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