Google vs Facebook vs Netflix engineering culture

Google LAaz36
Jul 24, 2018 13 Comments

Question for folks who have worked at Google and one of the companies (Facebook/Netflix). How would you compare the culture there? In particular:

  * amount bureaucracy, how much development slowed down by all the "processes" - meetings, sync-ups, "design discussions" etc...
  * amount of office politics, co-worker relationships. How supportive your peers/managers? Did you have situations when peers tried to push back your work to avoid you make any progress?
  * are good and clean engineering solutions valued? Is "solution complexity" considered a good thing for promotion and that is why everyone overcomplicates their work?
* How transparent and honest the upper management with engineers? Or put other way how much BS, hypocrisy and misleading information coming from the management.
  * do you feel that you do "the right thing" that makes your users happy?
  * ... anything else related to the culture

Honest answers with little or no koolaid are very welcome.


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TOP 13 Comments
  • Glassdoor laytvnm
    Wow Netflix sounds amazing. The only caveat is that every day you go to work unsure if you still have a job (i.e every Netflix thread on blind).
    Jul 24, 2018 7
    • Netflix IamA
      We aren’t shy about saying we only keep around the absolute best people. I prefer that the low performers get weeded out quickly to make room for people who can up level the team.
      Jul 25, 2018
    • Glassdoor laytvnm
      Lol 3 out of 8 is worse than it seems, 30% is insane.
      lamA - the interviewing process in Netflix is one of the most rigirous in the industry, so no, Netflix is laying off a lot of good engineers too. I see that they got you brainwashed on we're the best, and firing anything less than that is acceptable. In my opinion that's a toxic culture which creates paranoia and axiety and for what ? so that the new guy can write slightly better code.
      Jul 25, 2018
    • Netflix focu10
      Nobody is paranoid running around waiting to be fired. All the firings I've seen were pretty justified. And rarely are people let go for technical ability, it's mostly around how they deal with partners, etc. Netflix is the best work environment I've ever experienced
      Jul 25, 2018
    • Netflix / Eng ricewater
      Involuntary turnover rate is about 5% annually. Our culture is about transparency so HR published this number in internal docs. Laytv you seem to have many low performer friends.
      Jul 25, 2018
    • Netflix IamA
      Laytv you are taking a data point from one person on here and applying it to the entire Netflix organization. How is that even logical? I thought you were an engineer?
      Jul 25, 2018
  • Netflix IamA
    There are almost zero processes in Netflix because we feel it slows down innovation. Engineers are trusted to do the work how they see fit. We are hired for our expertise and are allowed to use it. We are transparent, almost to a fault. Therefore, there is very little politics. Feedback culture is real. If peers purposefully tried to hinder progress, they would be weeded out quickly. We also don’t have fucked up processes around promotions. In many places the only way to get a promotion or raise is to only work on certain types of projects. You are promoted based not only on the impact your work has, but on how well you collaborate with other teams. We value people who work on not just big projects, but small ones as well. We don’t have hierarchy here, so raises are given based on market value for your skill set. The more skills you learn and bring to the team, the higher your value. And lastly, everything we do is focused on if it is right for the user. There are a lot of selfless teams here. If you haven’t done so, check out our culture memo. It’s pretty spot on to how things operate here.
    Jul 24, 2018 3
    • Didi Chuxing yayq03
      Sounds very HRish
      Jul 25, 2018
    • Netflix IamA
      How so?
      Jul 25, 2018
    • Netflix Nqac32
      I don't have any Google experience to compare to, but IamA's description of Netflix culture is in line with my experience here.
      Jul 25, 2018
  • Citibank BITSian
    Are there any other mid-large size companies with near zero processes like Netflix?
    Jul 25, 2018 0


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