Intentionally getting fired at Netflix

Facebook / Eng 94🐖🌊
Feb 17 56 Comments

I heard that Netflix has a 4-months severance bonus for employees who get fired. Assuming I'm doing okay at Netflix and want to leave for a new company, does it make sense to make myself get fired for severance bonus rather than resign on peaceful terms?

One downside I'm aware of is that doing that will burn some bridges and the employee will not get to return. But most employees don't return to their former companies anyway so it probably doesn't matter.

Not that I'm thinking of doing that but am curious do people actually do that? What am I missing?

TC: 450k, YoE: 8

comments

Want to comment? LOG IN or SIGN UP
TOP 56 Comments
  • New / Eng sparked
    If any potential future employers catch whiff of this they will surely not offer you a position. The tech industry is large...but people still know each other.
    Feb 17 4
    • Microsoft dfdgh
      Very unlikely. I know people who have been fired for causes worse than PIP from large tech companies, and they are doing great!
      Feb 18
    • Blue apron aFEO37
      How the fuck are they gonna 'catch whiff of this'?
      Feb 18
    • Background checks, onboarding questionnaire that asks if you’ve ever been fired, etc
      Feb 18
    • Netflix osd
      Last one is not legal in California at least. Questionnaire that is with this question.
      Feb 18
  • Google / Product
    edr63ff

    Google Product

    BIO
    Product Manager at Google
    edr63ffmore
    If you do this you’re likely to burn bridges with your peers at Netflix, which can become a problem when they will work in other companies you’re applying in the future.

    I don’t know you, but this is a very immature question. You assume that there is easy money to be made.
    Feb 17 3
    • Facebook / Eng 94🐖🌊
      OP
      This is a great point. Thanks
      Feb 17
    • Square ebxhc
      Don’t people get fired left and right at NFLX for not always being on their A game? If you get fired on your B game “on purpose”, I don’t see any problem with it... everyone knows NFLX is cutthroat.
      Feb 17
    • Sometimes the brightest light comes from a burning bridge
      Feb 17
  • Avigilon pasimeena
    This is the textbook definition of ‘penny wise pound foolish’. Probably the dumbest and most immature post I’ve seen in a while. I’d hate to have you part of my team.
    Feb 17 2
    • New ""()''
      Same thought crossed my minds, who's this dumbass that I don't want to work with
      Feb 17
    • Pinger / Eng create💻
      It's a hypothetical question
      Feb 17
  • Walmart.com / Eng äččä
    Bay area is a small place and you may meet your manager in your company in the future.
    Feb 17 0
  • Google trolDtrols
    It's funny you call it a "severance bonus" 😆
    Feb 17 0
  • Microsoft AU7jv8
    I would be 100% cool with you doing this. Serves Netflix right for setting up these incentives; if they don’t have any loyalty to you why should you feel bad about tricking them into paying you to quit?

    They offer it because they think it’s to their advantage, the company has made it abundantly clear they don’t give a fuck about their employees, so... C players quit B companies with A severance packages ;)
    Feb 17 0
  • New ""()''
    You're being cheap to the bone and brave enough to call it "strategy" this isn't even tactical
    Feb 17 1
    • Apple py1
      Well said. This would be an extremely short sighted move.
      Feb 17
  • Pinterest dhevtxhs
    I know ppl who did that. Noone legally can disclose the reason why you left. It’s a good idea of you’re not coming back, which is almost 100% true
    Feb 17 4
    • Google KissMyPiss
      It opens doors for lawsuits (right or wrong), but it's not illegal to tell the truth.
      Feb 17
    • Pinterest tihdbyr
      Just saying, that people who did that are totally fine
      Feb 17
    • Microsoft dfdgh
      What law prevents from disclosing? Other than the risk of a libel lawsuit?
      Feb 18
    • Red Hat BrainLag
      It’s mostly liability. Further, totally depends on state for the most part. Since a lot of the folks are likely in the bay - hers CA as an example.

      Ca Civ Code 47, Labor Code 1054, and some other provides guidance on what is considered privileged and/or allowed information to be passed between (including some protections).

      The bulk of liability is on the former employer as an act of defamation (lying about their rehire-ability) leading to a loss of job opportunity. Further - there is some gray area in that the company acting on this information could effectively be a target as well.

      I’d say this is why most companies ask if it’s OK to contact prior employers and do significant background/backdoor checks instead of just relying on a prior or current employer.

      I honestly see little value in contacting a prior manager or employer. More often than not - they can be just as salty about you leaving and will feed BS. Just rely on your internal mechanisms to validate their technical background they claim.
      Feb 28
  • New nnmwaxx
    You are in a great position to take risks. Work on risky projects/takes. It might get you fired or make you a great hero
    Feb 17 1
    • New / Eng abuhr3i
      That's a great point
      Feb 17
  • Symantec / Mgmt AntiVirus
    Just work harder than before and then take an unusual long PTO due to whatever reasons you can think of. It is almost assured that you will be fired after returning from vacation.
    Feb 18 1
    • Microsoft desidude
      Or even before returning.
      Feb 20
  • Facebook / Eng
    DRGL26

    Facebook Eng

    PRE
    Google
    DRGL26more
    Definitely, companies will fuck you over the first chance they have.

    Do whatever benifits you most, as long as it's within the legal bounds of your contract.
    Feb 17 0
  • Facebook / Eng PureWin
    If your reputation as a professional means so little to you, I suppose the sooner you leave the better.
    Feb 17 0
  • Microsoft dfdgh
    Take a leave of absence from Facebook for 3 - 6 months.
    Get fired at Netflix, and go to fb with 4 months of severance pay.
    Feb 18 0
  • Netflix enjoylyfe
    I've seen someone pull it off. Worked for him!
    Feb 17 4
    • Microsoft dfdgh
      Can I get fired in the first month lol
      Feb 18
    • Netflix enjoylyfe
      You can. But that would reflect very poorly on your hiring manager and would be cause for firing him.
      Feb 20
    • Microsoft desidude
      Just out of curiosity, if I told my manager in the first month that the pace/expectations are is too fast/hectic for me, would my manager just fire me, or let me just rest for a while so as not to reflect poorly on him?
      Feb 20
    • Netflix enjoylyfe
      Ideally he'd try to work with you on the pace but you'd be fired soon since everyone in the team would know you are not pulling your weight. This reflects poorly on your manager since he hired you and he'd rather fire you than drag it out for sometime
      Feb 22
  • LinkedIn helpin
    Work extremely hard for 6 months. Then act burnt out for about a month or two and secretly get a better offer from a company you like. Get fired. Severance + sympathy from peers while knowing your real value + new job sign on and TC == $$$.
    Feb 19 0
  • Microsoft UMbR31
    This doesn't sound like a 8yoe question. More like sophomores drunk at the neighborhood bar.
    Feb 18 0
  • Netflix Lovers
    I love money but even I wouldn’t recommend this. Tech is a small world.
    Feb 17 0
  • Tyler Technologies njte44
    Dude. Netflix is one of the rare employers that actually seems to care about their employees as people. If this were a shitty company, then sure, but have a little integrity here. My 2¢
    Feb 17 0
  • Salesforce bq7771
    TC?
    Feb 17 2
  • Microsoft dfdgh
    The OP is being unfairly chastised.
    If you are not planning to work at Netflix, joining to get fired will almost certainly not hurt you except for the small chance of having to work with your manager again at a different company.
    A month after joining you could as well tell your manager that you have some personal issues and that your productivity will go down, and.invite him to fire you!
    Feb 18 0