Prepare myself for Netflix

New OPqa80
Sep 25 15 Comments

Graduated with BS in CS last year. Have about 2.25 YOE including 3 internships, a 6 month co-op and a 10 month stint as a Backend SWE at a startup.

Working as a SDE-1 (full stack - Java and React) at a Tier B company right now but I want to prepare to get into Netflix as a Senior SWE in about 2-3 years.

I am fascinated about their engineering practices and would love to be a part of their backend team. (I have read a lot of blogs and watch their tech conference vids)

Basically, what are some common patterns that you see at Netflix for people who are hired as Senior SWE (backend)?

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  • Salesforce / R&D Einsteiner
    I don't want to be too hard on you since you're a new grad, but you technically have ~1 YOE. People don't usually consider internships for YOE. Typically they only include jobs after graduation.

    Not a hard and fast rule, just something to keep in mind so you don't accidentally misrepresent your experience on the spot to someone.

    I would encourage you to broaden your horizons. Netflix is one of the most difficult brand name tech companies to get into if you have <5 YOE. They usually only hire takent who'd be E5/L5 level or higher at Google/Facebook. By all means shoot for it, but don't anchor your aspirations to one single company. Aim to be the best you can be, which is a goal entirely within your control.
    Sep 25 3
    • New OPqa80
      OP
      No worries. The question still remains unanswered.
      Sep 25
    • Salesforce / R&D Einsteiner
      Okay. Sorry, just trying to help. Good luck
      Sep 25
    • New OPqa80
      OP
      Thanks! Yeah, I'm just trying to absorb as much knowledge as I can right now. Just thought that it would be nice to have a firm direction about something that I would like to shoot for!
      Sep 25
  • Bloomberg / Eng F.U. money
    Netflix might not be doing so well in 2-3 years. The P/E ratio is already way overblown.

    Their tech is not as impressive as they make it seem. It’s quite commonplace.
    Sep 25 5
    • Salesforce / R&D Einsteiner
      What's your thesis? Do you think you'll short?
      Sep 25
    • Veritas dogyear
      I agree, Disney is on Netflix ass right now. And
      Sep 25
    • Bloomberg / Eng F.U. money
      Why would I short anything ever when call and put options exist?
      Sep 25
    • Salesforce / R&D Einsteiner
      I don't know, you work at Bloomberg, you tell me?
      Sep 25
    • Bloomberg TimeToPlay
      Instead of shorting a stock you can buy the put option for that stock. Then all you risk is the premium you pay for the option. When you short a stock you have an unlimited downside if the stock goes on a tear. It can wipe out your entire account since you can end up owing up to infinity theoretically.
      Sep 25
  • Netflix notnotreed
    Soft skills: communication, commitment, high emotional intelligence, collaboration, curiosity, maturity (responsible)
    Tech Skills: distributed systems experience, system design, performance tuning, debugging, data modeling, API design, networking fundamentals, resiliency and application design/deployment for cloud. Great grasp of data structures, some algorithms and design patterns, security authN and authZ fundamentals. Mastered/expert at least one programming language also prefer scripting too. Ability to write clean code thats easy to comprehend. Not hard requirement, but will help: AWS, Java, Python, JavaScript or GoLang, C*, Redis, PostgreSQL and shell scripting should point you in the right direction.
    Sep 26 1
    • New OPqa80
      OP
      Man, that's some useful information! Thanks a lot!
      Sep 26
  • New klnxxs
    You are young. Take a risk and work at a company that will be Netflix in next 20 years.
    Oct 3 0
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    If you need to prepare then
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  • Netflix fQqJ67
    I'd look for a baseline of tech competence, the ability to discuss your own project management style and development methodology, and a maturity in conversation
    Sep 25 0

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