What is Netflix working on?

Lyft xwDK28
Jun 29, 2018 23 Comments

Why do so many posts recommend working at Netflix so highly?

I feel that the problems Lyft, FB, Amazon, ect are working on are much more interesting. Adding in the firing culture to the mix makes me really curious what’s so great about working there. They pay well but that can’t be it ...right?

Data @ Lyft: $150k cash, $285k stock over 4 years, 2 YoE

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  • Compass / Eng
    FUPayMe

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    FUPayMemore
    Netflix pays the most, has the best culture, and builds a product that millions enjoy.
    Jun 29, 2018 2
    • Lyft xwDK28
      OP
      Totally agree the product is great and the reach amazing. What would you say differentiates the culture
      Jun 29, 2018
    • Compass / Eng
      FUPayMe

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      FUPayMemore
      Google “Netflix culture deck” and prepare to be enlightened.
      Jun 29, 2018
  • Netflix / Eng alucky1
    Yeah I echo the sentiments about the culture. Hands down the best company I have ever worked for. I haven’t been privy to any politics or bureaucracy.

    The fast-firing bit is only for people who make it through the process but don’t actually work out. Feedback is expected to be real-time, so you are never blindsided. I’ve actually heard more stories about how some managers tend to hesitate to fire people, which can affect team dynamic until they are able to do what needs doing (probably because hiring is hard and time-consuming, and some teams are growing fast). The way the company tries to offset this guilt is by offering candidates 4 months severance at full pay.
    Jun 29, 2018 1
    • Microsoft 300k19yoe
      Useful info thanks!
      Jun 29, 2018
  • Uber Didhduen
    Netflix has really interesting problems on personalization / recommendation. I’m also biased though because I’ve been at uber and felt like lyft was still solving problems we had solved years ago, maybe if I were at a different company I think it’d be interesting and new
    Jun 29, 2018 0
  • Netflix JNot02
    Treating each other as adults, trusting the expertise of your colleagues, no egos, ownership of projects, no micro management, no bureaucracy or silly process , lean company where almost everything matters (if the project has no impact nobody will work on it), defining what state-of-the-art video streaming means from encoding to UI to networks to sclability to reliability, the guts to admit that something isn't working and change it, the guts to admit that somebody should not be there and they are dragging the team down, the WLB, the ability to be open and transpared both in good and bad times.
    Jun 29, 2018 0
  • Lyft xwDK28
    OP
    Wow, it‘s refreshing to hear so many people speak highly of a company’s culuture. What would be TC for a data scientist with 3 YoE?
    Jun 29, 2018 6
    • Lyft xwDK28
      OP
      Analyst, elite undergraduate
      Jun 29, 2018
    • New / Eng
      Atrous

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      Atrousmore
      Nice. Math/stats undergrad?
      How’s your work satisfaction? Your TC sounds quite high versus other data scientist/analyst roles.
      Jun 29, 2018
    • Lyft xwDK28
      OP
      Yeah and I’m extremely happy. Not looking to move but not closed to hearing more
      Jun 29, 2018
    • Lyft xwDK28
      OP
      TC is higher largely due to stock appreciation
      Jun 29, 2018
    • New / Eng
      Atrous

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      Atrousmore
      Gotcha. Are you using the recent valuation then?
      Jun 29, 2018
  • Netflix pWBv35
    It’s hands down one of the best cultures in SV. There is mutual respect for colleagues, almost no bureaucracy and one of the most transparent places I have worked at. I haven’t been here long but it’s been humbling so far.
    Jun 29, 2018 0
  • Netflix OCsG35
    Speaking only for me personally, the Netflix culture and management makes me very cautious to leave the company. Pay is good, culture is better.
    Jun 29, 2018 0
  • Netflix Nqac32
    We only have one product, and millions of people use it in 190 counties. Including my mom. It's fun to see direct impact of your work. But mainly I'm here for the culture, honestly.
    Jun 29, 2018 2
    • Netflix Budmound
      Well, we have a ton of internal products too!
      Jun 29, 2018
    • Netflix Nqac32
      That's true. And a lot of interesting problems there as well
      Jun 30, 2018
  • Amazon / Design Hot==dog
    How much internet traffic goes to Netflix on, say, a Sunday night? I’d wager “tons.” Sure to some degree that’s an AWS problem but I imagine it’s quite a challenge for Netflix, too.
    Jun 29, 2018 1
  • Netflix XyGl47
    DM me your LinkedIn if you want to know more.
    Jun 30, 2018 0
  • Netflix JonathanQE
    Revolutionizing entertainment with the first truly global on demand premium television service.
    Jun 29, 2018 0

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