Netflix or Microsoft (Ignoring Comp)

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Jun 1, 2018 55 Comments

As etiquette demands...$100k/5 YOE

I'm stuck between these two.

MS is offering $225k in Redmond and Netflix is closer to $275k.

Ignoring the compensation (because they're close enough in my opinion), what do you think about the other stuff surrounding the job? Is it preferable to live near Los Gatos or Redmond? Are people nicer in one community versus the other?

Which area do you think is more pleasant for someone looking to put down roots? Thanks blinders, please let me know if I can provide more info for you all.

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  • Netflix GYjk06
    If your motivation is putting down roots and long term job security through years of experience, Netflix may not be a good culture fit.
    Jun 1, 2018 3
    • New / Eng
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      So I take it these aren't values you're after?
      Jun 1, 2018
    • Netflix GYjk06
      There are plenty of people who have been at Netflix for a long time, but it’s because they continue to be the right people for the job and they continue to be high performers and introspective leaders. it’s not the kind of place one coasts by on their tenure.
      Jun 1, 2018
    • Netflix Johnny5
      Over 10 years at Netflix for me. The secret: Do good work and don’t be an ass.
      Jun 1, 2018
  • Microsoft Sct909
    Your quality of living will be higher with Microsoft. Better comp/ cost living. Better WLB. Debatably more interesting work.
    Jun 1, 2018 1
    • Microsoft Sct909
      can you break down your Microsoft offer and tell us what level?
      Jun 1, 2018
  • Kaspersky Lab gocky
    $225k in Redmond is more than $275k in Los Gatos. To make it equal Netflix should offer you $290.
    Check on cost of living calculator and factor in state taxes (0 in WA).
    Sorry for not ignoring comp.
    Los Gatos has better climate, Redmond community is better, at my opinion.
    Jun 1, 2018 4
    • Glassdoor clownzie
      good answer
      Jun 1, 2018
    • Netflix uuidh
      I moved from Seattle to Los Gatos. If I was you I would choose Microsoft.
      Jun 2, 2018
    • Kaspersky Lab gocky
      uuidh, why?
      Jun 2, 2018
    • Netflix uuidh
      Comp is low. Need to put lot of hours to make it work at Netflix. Except weather, Redmond isn't bad.
      Jun 3, 2018
  • Glassdoor Sbolnhga
    Do not work for Netflix if you care about stability. Netflix is notorious for being the worst -

    https://www.quora.com/Does-the-Netflix-work-culture-create-a-culture-of-fear-amongst-its-employees
    Jun 1, 2018 2
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      Have you worked there?
      Jun 1, 2018
    • Netflix / Eng BlndrThngs
      I don’t think people spreading FUD have worked here...
      Jun 1, 2018
  • Glassdoor clownzie
    If you don't mind worrying EVERY SINGLE DAY about getting fired from the most cut throat company on the planet for 50k more (35k after taxes) then definitely Netflix!
    Jun 1, 2018 3
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      JillGates

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      Have you worked there? Yikes
      Jun 1, 2018
    • Netflix Johnny5
      Based on actual statistics, the turnover rate matches Google and Apple
      Jun 1, 2018
    • Netflix ic-person
      Concur with Johnny5
      Jun 2, 2018
  • Amazon / Eng piora
    Netflix and desire to put down roots do not go well with each other. Microsoft is perfect for it though.
    Jun 1, 2018 2
    • New / Eng
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      Thank you for the insight!
      Jun 1, 2018
    • Netflix fs92
      The turnover rate for Netflix is the same as other companies in the area.
      Jun 1, 2018
  • Microsoft / Eng Rohs82
    Seattle is is growing quickly as the next tech hub.

    MS has amazing job security and WLB for the industry.

    Other than those things it really depends on the specific team at each company.
    Jun 1, 2018 3
    • Amazon jf749g
      Doesnt MS keep laying people off every year?
      Jun 1, 2018
    • Microsoft / Eng Rohs82
      We also keep hiring people. And it’s pretty obvious who’s likely to be laid off
      Jun 1, 2018
    • Microsoft Adidon
      Engineers rarely get laid-off, specially at the HQ. Theres so many internal openings, if you can't find another team within MSFT after your team gets cut its mostly your fault.
      Jun 1, 2018
  • TuneIn Spelmanson
    Netflix is in los gatos ?
    Jun 1, 2018 3
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      Right
      Jun 1, 2018
    • Netflix ic-person
      I smell a troll, or this is not an engineer/management position.
      Jun 2, 2018
    • Netflix ezgH84
      Because of the comp? I know someone who was offered a little less than that (for web)
      Jun 3, 2018
  • Netflix Johnny5
    Another thing to consider is that you are starting at $275k at Netflix and your market value after a couple years at Netflix could increase your pay significantly well into the 300’s. There are no ridiculous salary bands that stunt your pay.
    Jun 1, 2018 1
    • Netflix NFLX1
      Yeah, my salary doubled in my first 2 years
      Jun 2, 2018
  • Netflix Johnny5
    I know tons of people who have been at Netflix for more than 5 years and we’re not worked to death. Usually the manager will get fired if their team is worked to death.
    Jun 2, 2018 0
  • Netflix NpBI17
    As others have said, you should definitely ask more from Netflix, especially with 5 YOE.
    Jun 1, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Eng 01100100
    Isn’t 275 a little low for Netflix? I see people making 300-350 easily
    Jun 1, 2018 0
  • Microsoft Beavis
    I think Netflix has a 4 month firing period or some shit, go there if you’re willing to put up with it.
    Jun 3, 2018 4
    • Netflix lukecage
      What does that mean? We give you four months of severance if we let you go, is that what you're referring to?
      Jun 3, 2018
    • Microsoft Beavis
      I though you folks had a ‘trial period’ of sorts where if the manager doesn’t find that you’re a good fit, you’re let go immediately. Is that 4 months or just hyperbole?
      Jun 3, 2018
    • Netflix Johnny5
      Never heard of this. I’ve been at Netflix for many years and have hired many people.
      Jun 3, 2018
    • Netflix lukecage
      There's no official trial period. If you are a disaster and not a good fit, the manager could let you go, yes. The shortest I've seen was 7-8 months after hire but that's pretty unusual.
      Jun 3, 2018
  • PayPal / Eng owGY8845,,
    I love Los Gatos. But you can’t buy a house on that salary...
    Jun 1, 2018 1
    • New / Eng
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      Uhoh
      Jun 1, 2018
  • LendUp / Eng Tamago
    Los Gatos isn’t that great of a place to live. You’ll get a way better quality of life in Seattle
    Jun 1, 2018 3
    • New / Eng
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      What's the scoop on Los Gatos?
      Jun 1, 2018
    • LendUp / Eng Tamago
      Everything’s more expensive and there’s not much to do. All you ever see is rich retired old people walking around
      Jun 1, 2018
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      Interesting. Thank you!!
      Jun 1, 2018
  • Microsoft sMuq83
    Netflix will work you to death and you'll either survive wishing you'd done MS, or you'll just get fired and go to MS. Just do Microsoft.
    Jun 2, 2018 2
    • New / Eng
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      Have you been at Netflix?
      Jun 2, 2018
    • Microsoft sMuq83
      I have friend who works there
      Jun 2, 2018
  • Microsoft Qazwsx
    Every job is at will. Nothing is guaranteed. It really depends where do you want to live. I like Redmond, and I don’t think I can afford to have the same house and quality life if I move to Los Gatos or other cities near by that
    Jun 1, 2018 1
    • Netflix Johnny5
      Definitely true. You will likely make an extra $100k per year at NFLX after 1-2 years though, so it does even out. If you are okay with a 30 minute commute, you can live in a nice 2 bedroom apartment for $3k per month.
      Jun 2, 2018
  • Nvidia djokovic
    Years of experience?
    Jun 1, 2018 1
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      5
      Jun 1, 2018
  • Nextdoor Endian
    M$
    Jun 1, 2018 0
  • Netflix lukecage
    I'd pick Netflix 10/10 times over Microsoft but I'm biased. I think the bay area is better for career growth but Seattle being a little less expensive better for buying a home and settling down. Los Gatos is older and family oriented, but there are plenty of neighborhoods and cities in the area that could keep you within a decent commute of Netflix and still be fun to live.
    Jun 1, 2018 0

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