Where are the frustrated Netflix employees?

New xnjo70
Dec 21, 2018 51 Comments

On Blind all Netflix employees seem pretty satisfied besides all the bad press around the company and its culture. Maybe only the people who got fired are the ones complaining? Where are the frustrated employees?

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  • Netflix / Eng BlndrThngs
    Yeah, I think we’re doing well. There’s not a lot of complaints in our channel too.
    Dec 21, 2018 3
    • Microsoft brownsanta
      🤔
      Dec 21, 2018
    • Google Ypqvpi
      This just proves, money does buy happiness
      Dec 21, 2018
    • Netflix / Eng
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      @Google
      Yes Netflix folks make more money in the short term but they don’t really get top level IC positions at top tech firms. Do a LinkedIn search with past company as Netflix - you will be surprised 😀

      Everyone is Senior Software Engineer and the role demands you to do entry level IC work too - fixing simple bugs or fixing test failures, for instance. Getting to Staff/Principal positions at respectable firms is hard.
      Dec 21, 2018
  • Amazon 123raj
    You wanna see frustrated employees? Come to amazon channel
    Dec 21, 2018 10
    • Netflix cookiesb4
      Can you fix EC2?
      Dec 21, 2018
    • Facebook zevx21
      I've been at Amazon and here at FB. Trust me, ours isn't as high as Amazon. Amazon is pretty damn bad.
      Dec 23, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng IAmJob
      Nah its team specific. Amazon is too big to make such stereotypes. Empire building is rampant. Some teams are overstaffed leading to people fighting over work and 4 hour work days.
      Dec 23, 2018
    • Facebook zevx21
      I’ve been at three different teams in a short span and know a lot of people there. FB is amazing.
      Dec 24, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng IAmJob
      8 years and countless teams. Agree to disagree :) But wlb was bad 5 years ago. Much better now.
      Dec 24, 2018
  • Salesforce YRc5n7
    Maybe they're actually happy. We'll never know unless we join someday
    Dec 21, 2018 1
    • Facebook zevx21
      If they ever give me a call that is.
      Dec 23, 2018
  • Netflix bread
    It’s good here. And the bad press has sparked some really interesting discussions.
    Dec 21, 2018 0
  • Netflix ilybyam
    There are indirect and passive aggressive pressures on things like leave and vacation, to where you end up taking less than you would elsewhere. There are a lot of claims of brutal transparency and being direct but I have found around HR issues everything is a back handed comment or correlating follow up statement to lead you to feel constantly inadequate. I think it’s probably just my team but this environment fosters that kind of behavior.
    Dec 21, 2018 4
    • Netflix / Eng
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      On top of that, managers are given too much power and they can justify firing anyone and back those by culture nonsense. This is what gets me most frustrated
      Dec 21, 2018
    • Netflix ilybyam
      Agreed. Some managers here aren’t good managers but just good engineers plus they are a people person. Which doesn’t make a good manager. I think some lack business strategy skills and management science basics, coupled with too much authority and autonomy is dangerous.
      Dec 21, 2018
    • Netflix bread
      Sucks that you’re dealing with that. I don’t experience any of that in my org and team (thank goodness).
      Dec 21, 2018
    • Netflix ilybyam
      I’ve heard that from my friends on other teams, I hope to be able to stay here long enough to switch one day because passive aggressiveness kills me
      Dec 21, 2018
  • Pure Storage 135Mhk
    I wonder where Netflix employees go after they work there for a while
    Dec 21, 2018 3
    • Oracle / Other DBAJ
      How do you like Pure Storage?
      Dec 21, 2018
    • Pure Storage 135Mhk
      Life ain't bad at Pure
      Dec 21, 2018
    • Netflix / Other xSxlfn
      Some start their own startup, some join them since they may have only ever been a part of larger companies and want to experience the “thrill” of being a part of a smaller team, some retire, some just take off a boatload of time before figuring out what to do next.
      Dec 21, 2018
  • Facebook
    Antiope🏹

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    I used to work at Netflix before coming over to Facebook and miss it so much. Only thing good about FB is it’s reorging all the time so I now manage a large team, which wouldn’t have happened if I stayed, but overall pay, high performing coworkers, etc can’t be beat. The shitty ass fb holiday party made me miss Netflix so much. That would’ve never happened at Netflix.
    Dec 21, 2018 7
    • Netflix / Eng
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      I agree, it’s just way easier to BS your way through culture questions than technical ones in an interview setting. Technical ones at least has some objectivity and require months of Leetcode, which at least proves you are a hard worker.
      Dec 21, 2018
    • Netflix bread
      I agree with that. Though I wonder if leetcode prowess predicts performance on the job.
      Dec 21, 2018
    • Netflix / Eng
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      I guess the questions we are trying to answer:
      1. Does past performance and ability to solve complex problems quickly (even if you memorized all of it) has any significance in future performance?
      2. Is your ability to understand/memorize solutions to complex problems applicable in the job?

      In my opinion, the answer to both of these is YES. First of all, we are not doing original work (which has never been done before) 99% of the time. The work we do requires recognizing common patterns, and applying the known solutions to them - the same way a physician does. I can tell you from personal experience (doctor in my immediate family), memory plays the most important role there.

      Now, coming back to my original point - the culture BS actually doesn't tell you anything about the candidate. I can be a complete ass**le and hard to work with, but in that 2 hours I can portray myself with a completely different personality. On the other hard, you can't BS through the technical heavy interviews.
      Dec 21, 2018
    • Cisco kichha
      I went through an onsite recently did quite well on. cultural and not so good on technical .. didn’t get the job.. technical round was way tougher than FB and G.. at least in my case
      Dec 24, 2018
    • Netflix Nqac32
      The content and difficulty of the technical round will vary considerably depending on the team that you are applying for.
      Dec 26, 2018
  • Google / Eng
    LeeJaeDong

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    Unlike the rest of us, Netflix employees didn’t lose much TC from the recent stock market woes.
    Dec 21, 2018 4
    • New TKpg12
      Because their pay packages are more cash-heavy?
      Dec 21, 2018
    • eBay NotAmazon
      They get paid a fat base, and a very small amount of stocks.
      Dec 21, 2018
    • New TKpg12
      Do you know why? Kind of a vague question, I know, but most big tech leans towards the opposite.
      Dec 23, 2018
    • Netflix hqhN34
      Actually its all cash. Employee can then decide what to do with that cash. Its part of freedom and responsibility that we value so much. Some people end up putting a large chunk of salary to buy nflx options and some end up investing outside (how they want). it is a win-win situation.
      I know of people in our team who don’t take a dollar of salary and put 100% in stocks and some who put 0% for stocks.
      Dec 30, 2018
  • eBay NotAmazon
    They are too busy working to post on blind.
    Dec 21, 2018 0
  • Netflix / Eng
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    Netflix is awesome. There are definitely things that can be improved, like any other company, but overall things are great. And yeah more $ does make a huge difference.
    Dec 21, 2018 3
    • New / Eng Mldy20
      how are vesting options faring for newer employees though?
      Dec 21, 2018
    • New / Eng Mldy20
      how are strike prices adjusted? do they ever expire?
      Dec 21, 2018
    • Netflix bread
      It’s all base comp with a free 5% options per year (granted monthly). Taking salary in options is optional (you can decide between 0-100%), so new employees are probably unaffected unless they elected a bulk of their comp in options, which is unlikely.

      Strike is at current price. Expire in 10 years.
      Dec 21, 2018
  • New / Eng Mldy20
    You can’t make eye contact with opposite gender for more than 5 seconds.
    Dec 21, 2018 2
    • Netflix / Eng BlndrThngs
      👁👁
      Dec 21, 2018
    • Netflix bread
      Shit only made it to 4 seconds. Try again?

      👀
      Dec 21, 2018
  • Uber / Product
    Wutwutwut

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    Smaller company too. So probability-wise it is less likely that you’d run into a disgruntled one. Compared to rest of the FANG they are miniscule.
    Dec 21, 2018 0
  • Freelancer / Eng Rajdeep
    I don’t know what to react on all of this
    Dec 21, 2018 0
  • Netflix / Eng Az2H91
    Love it here, for the same reasons others have already mentioned.
    Dec 21, 2018 0

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