Is this Gizmodo article about Netflix culture accurate?

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  • Amazon P6831
    Its wild how Americans are terrified of authoritarianism, except when it’s in their workplace.
    Oct 27, 2018 2
    • Google brWn75
      You can freely choose where to work
      Oct 27, 2018
    • Amazon P6831
      Unless companies are colluding not to hire you, Google.
      Oct 29, 2018
  • Netflix fs92
    It takes the original from the Wall Street Journal and makes a bunch of incorrect interpretations and assumptions. Read the WSJ one.
    Oct 27, 2018 2
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      Wow: “Managers are all told to apply a “keeper test” to their staff—asking themselves whether they would fight to keep a given employee—a mantra for firing people who don’t fit the culture and ensuring only the strongest survive.” —WSJ; https://www.wsj.com/articles/at-netflix-radical-transparency-and-blunt-firings-unsettle-the-ranks-1540497174
      Oct 27, 2018
    • Netflix Nqac32
      Yeah, WSJ one is better. It's still a bit sensational, but you can't really blame them for wanting to get clicks. My take is that its about 90% accurate, with a bit of poetic license in their interpretation and curation of the facts. And btw I love working here. As do most people I know at NFLX.
      Oct 27, 2018
  • Netflix orWf36
    The WSJ one is exaggerated a bit based on my experience.
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      “‘Being part of Netflix is like being part of an Olympic team,’ the company said in a written statement. ‘Getting cut, when it happens, is very disappointing but there is no shame at all. Our former employees get a generous severance and they generally get snapped up by another company.’” WOW. lol
      Oct 27, 2018
  • Guidewire Lahlah
    Pretty much I was told during my onsite interview that I could be fired at any time an that I was supposed to be cool with that. It did seem to me it must create situations where you fire ppl to make yourself look good.

    All that being said, the actual Netflix employees I know seem to really like it.

    If it truly resulted in working with excellent ppl I’d probably like it too. I like to work with smart ppl.
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    • Microsoft gfba68
      I know a few ppl at Netflix and they all like their TC, but none seem to really like netflix
      Oct 27, 2018
    • Guidewire Lahlah
      I actually don’t know anyone super well, just a few industry colleagues who appear to be happy. One was presenting at a conference and Netflix had provided very good training and practice in public speaking, for example. She struck me as extremely competent and engaged.

      Might depend on the role. My field is a weird subset of tech so a place that is great for SWEs isn’t necessarily great for me and vice versa.
      Oct 27, 2018
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    Seems really crappy to work there based on the article rofl. lol guess it’s a good place for people that identify themselves as their job. Netflix careers page literally had to put out a writing in response to this article.
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  • Netflix Nqac32
    I've heard the term "sunshining" used. The idea is that you shouldn't really have a reason to hide stuff at work. If you're considering doing something that you wouldn't want sunshined (say, expensing something ridiculous) then that's a good indicator that you maybe shouldn't do it. The article is unsurprisingly click baity, but still contains some elements of truth.
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    • Netflix GYjk06
      Is this a Los Angeles thing? Never heard it.
      Oct 27, 2018
    • Netflix Nqac32
      @GYjk06 LG. It's not like an everyday thing, but I've heard it mentioned at some point. The article exaggerates the business lingo stuff. It also mentions two phrases I've never heard at Netflix: "Meme" and "Where is your North Star?". The only two that I've actually heard much are "context not control" and "highly aligned, loosely coupled". Of course, these two are the only ones actually in the culture deck.
      Oct 27, 2018
    • Netflix Nqac32
      For anyone who's never read it http://jobs.netflix.com/culture explains the culture pretty well
      Oct 27, 2018
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      Wow. I was fooled by clickbait.
      Oct 27, 2018

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