What if... All the Netflix comp information is from trolls?

Albertsons ycDC13
Apr 16 42 Comments

What if Netflix doesn't actually hire senior people, but only people 5-7 years out of school, and the really high salaries are just people who joined in 2009 and have stuck with the company for ten years? So basically low turnover rather than actual high starting salary?

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  • Netflix / Eng sfo8492
    What if we have no reason to troll, and are happy to make boatloads of cash?
    Apr 16 17
    • Albertsons ycDC13
      OP
      I don't act like this in real life, I promise.
      Apr 17
    • @sfo8492 thanks for your comments, they are very insightful.

      I have troubles understanding this portion: “Younger people in my opinion succeed less there, since there is still some of that desire to prove yourself and look good”. What is wrong with proving yourself while not making others look bad?

      I interviewed at Netflix 2 years ago and got 450k for 6yoe, but then decided to not pursue it for other opportunities and I was genuinely scared of the culture and of getting fired in 4 months. But now I’m having remorse since I’m bored at my job.

      Also, the comments of Albertsons sound incredibly immature for someone with 20yoe. Calling someone a recruiter while he/she is helping you or call out some piece of technology as a dismissing reason? I really hope you were just in trolling mode and don’t make those comments in real life.
      Apr 17
    • Netflix / Eng sfo8492
      I'll admit it was a bit of a broad generalization, but I did call out that we will do what's best for the business. There's nothing wrong with proving yourself, but there's an issue if you are worried about looking bad because you're new and let that impact your ability to collaborate and communicate. Maybe better stated, a fear of being wrong.
      Apr 17
    • Thanks. Have you seen many people fired for technical incompetence during your time there? Stupid question I know.

      The problem I had when I interviewed there is that nobody really checked in depth my skills (like Facebook or Google did). They just went by some relevant experience I had on my resume (distributed systems and performance analysis) and “assumed” I was a good fit. I did the usual 10 rounds (7 with tech folks, including phone, and 3 with management), but none was deep. Very conversational and behavioral. I am known to have good charisma and am a good talker, and am always afraid people might mistake that for excellent skills and would rather make sure I pass their technical bar explicitly.
      Apr 17
    • Albertsons ycDC13
      OP
      The interviews are easy, getting past the filters is the hard part.

      Generally if they want to hire you they will walk you to the answer. If they don't they will ask annoying questions and pick a problem that isn't physically possible to solve after 30 min of chitchatting.
      Apr 17
  • Microsoft T_T.
    I have seen an offer letter of my friend, now in Netflix, to have 435k as base salary. 5 yoe, hired as senior software engineer.
    Apr 17 5
    • Albertsons ycDC13
      OP
      That seems low based on internet data
      Apr 17
    • Microsoft T_T.
      This is from an year ago.
      6 month ago some one got 540k. But I don't know that guy personally so can't attest for truth.
      Apr 17
    • Albertsons ycDC13
      OP
      It's possible they raise and lower the salary all the time depending on how the stock is doing
      Apr 17
    • Microsoft T_T.
      They raise a lot, that I can conclude. Cause 2 years ago people were reporting around 300-350k base at Netflix. I guess they might have bumped them up into 400k range? I don't have enough information on this.
      Apr 17
    • VMware SweetPease
      Everyone is different based on their market value
      Apr 17
  • Netflix / Eng LoveDeathR
    Netflix is a 6000 employee company. What's the chance of all these people are trolls vs you are a troll?
    Apr 17 5
    • Albertsons ycDC13
      OP
      The engineering part would be only 10%, majority would be contractors, so the number of engineers reporting real salaries would be in the few dozen.
      Apr 17
    • Netflix / Eng sfo8492
      Your numbers are off...
      Apr 17
    • Netflix / Eng sfo8492
      Not including any contractor resources, I wanna say we are around 2000 if not more.
      Apr 17
    • Albertsons ycDC13
      OP
      Netflix's r&d spend is 1.2b so 2000 600k programmers would take up all that, plus data center and acquisition spend are usually counted as r&d... So it's barely plausible
      Apr 17
    • Netflix / Eng LoveDeathR
      It's one compensation philosophy engineering or not. Top of personal market is the term.
      Apr 17
  • Apple industry
    Brah stop shit posting and solve some leets to get into FANG
    Apr 17 5
    • Albertsons ycDC13
      OP
      True, I'm not afraid of that, I just need to get my resume past automated filters
      Apr 17
    • Netflix / Eng sfo8492
      What's your work experience like? What have you worked on? What did you apply for? How did it align with previous work? When and how many times did you apply?
      Apr 17
    • Albertsons ycDC13
      OP
      20yoe, 10y contracting small companies, past 5y apple. Currently on a brief Ibm project leaving off resume. I applied a few days ago for a few backend roles on the website. I don't want to overwhelm them. I will keep hunting for referrals and see if they have any job events. I could just go to a U Day but that would be creepy so I'm limited to just trying random tech events.
      Apr 17
    • Netflix / Eng sfo8492
      I think it took about a week for me to hear back. My application was very focused, in that I applied for the single role I felt like I was the best fit for.
      Apr 17
    • Albertsons ycDC13
      OP
      Yes, I think I have too much varied experience. It's not going to be a razor focused resume if I've worked for decades at widely different companies. But there's no way to find the middle ground without just guessing.
      Apr 17
  • Netflix / Eng sfo8492
    So are you some older curmudgeon whose stuck at a pretty boring job at Albertsons, upset that Netflix turned them down thinking it's Ageism?
    Apr 17 1
    • Albertsons ycDC13
      OP
      Exactly
      Apr 17
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    • Albertsons ycDC13
      OP
      Yes they are all kiddos, I know
      Apr 16
  • New / Eng jpasserby
    Why would you think Netflix compensation information is unreliable? Is it so hard to believe that a massively successful and growing company is willing to pay a lot of money to senior engineers that help build their core product?
    Apr 17 2
    • Albertsons ycDC13
      OP
      Because it's not particularly fast growing or profitable, objectively, compared to other tech companies
      Apr 17
    • Google
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      tsukinomore
      FANG apparently includes not Netflix, but Nutanix
      Apr 17