Engineering

Why Netflix?

Facebook Foosball11
Feb 6

I see a bunch of posts around people moving to Netflix and quoting such high TC. Makes me wonder if any of these numbers are even real.

Also, is Netflix considered in the same league as Facebook and Google in terms of technical challenges? Wondering if it reflects wells on the resume. Can someone share their experience?

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  • Microsoft Rgjryfhjut
    Money is all that matters dude. When you retire it won’t matter if you worked at google or Facebook or Netflix. What will matter is if you can live the way you want without depending on anyone and that you’ve money to pay for your medical expenses.
    Feb 61
    • Uber / EngFawziKamel
      Really? You'll spend the majority of your waking life between now and when you retire at work. You don't think it matters to feel like that time is the least bit interesting?
      Feb 7
  • Netflix BlndrThngs
    Comp is real, they doubled my pay (from Microsoft) and bumped my base 8-20% per year since.

    I don’t care much about the league thingy, work is rewarding/ challenging enough. Low politics/rules. Peers are awesome folks
    Feb 611
    • Netflix BlndrThngs
      Moved from Microsoft to Netflix with only that offer in hand (they reached to me, I was going to look for a change pretty soon but they came first). Gave them my current comp and they didn’t low ball me.

      For yearly bumps I did nothing but accept the number my manager came up with. We’re encouraged to look elsewhere/ get numbers for matching but haven’t done it so far.
      Feb 6
    • Netflix BlndrThngs
      Contrary to popular rumors we get (some) stock options too and we can allocate more. It’s been good so far.
      Feb 6
    • Amazon / EngFailure?
      Is achieving consistently high performance hard? Do you think you work more than at MS? (I don’t believe the country club shit)
      Feb 6
    • Netflix BlndrThngs
      Work load similar to Microsoft in my case, or maybe slightly higher now because I like it better. (I’m a 9-5 kind of guy)

      Got burned a bit by the stack ranks at MS.

      There’s not commitments, stack ranks, obvious or fake bar to meet. I have a good relation with my manager he expects me to do the right calls. Same with the unlimited vacation.
      Feb 6
    • Yahoo Spartacuss
      Care to share numbers? (TC, share etc)
      Feb 6
    • Amazon / EngFailure?
      Earn trust, I like that.
      Feb 6
    • Reddit Username88
      Do you mind sharing your level?
      Feb 6
    • Netflix BlndrThngs
      Senior SDET (no levels). Base of 375k + 5% of base in options (vest each month, strike current price) I defer some of my base for more options at a discount . TC this year will be around 450k . But on paper I made and extra 400k with options (not exercised)

      Some devs in my team make base of 600k+
      Feb 6
    • LinkedIn Chickendnr
      600k+s are not that common at netflix. Most are in 400-500.
      Feb 6
    • Reddit Username88
      OMG that’s a lot!
      Feb 6
  • Amazon / EngFailure?
    Yes, the technical challenges are on a similar order of scale. Netflix traffic accounts for a very significant chunk of the bandwidth used in USA, Canada, and probably UK, etc.
    Feb 60
  • Netflix Johnny5
    Work done at Netflix reflects well on resumes. I have been recruited and offered jobs by both Amazon and Google over the past 5 years. (I’ve been at Netflix 9 years). Pay is indeed high and typically more than people were making if they came from FB or Google, but not always. Neither Google nor Amazon could pay me more than Netflix and that made my decision to stay both times pretty easy. Completely changing how people watch movies and TV and then building a massive studio is pretty awesome to be a part of. I can say that for my career specialty, I am at the best company in the world to excel at what I do. I’m not a software engineer but I am in a technical management role.
    Feb 64
    • Facebook Coxx
      With 9yrs experience you must be a director or VP? If you are on the management track, hows the career growth at Netflix?
      Feb 8
    • Netflix Johnny5
      Career growth is pretty good. Everyone I know that’s been around for 5+ years has been promoted once or twice.
      Feb 8
    • Facebook Coxx
      I thought Netflix doesn’t have promotions. Do you mean going from manager > director?
      Feb 9
    • Netflix Johnny5
      Yes, manager to director, engineer to engineering manager, specialist to manager, etc. happens frequently. We don’t have levels within these titles, but people get promoted at Netflix.
      Feb 9
  • New VoSi13
    Could anyone comment on the camaraderie? They say they don’t expect/promise unconditional loyalty, which I get. But what about healthy banter, team events, extra curricular?
    Feb 200
  • Mesosphere onsie
    I don’t think NFLX comp is much higher when compared to other similar companies like G/FB. The comp looks higher since it includes the equity portion too. Most folks in the G/FB companies might not be making their personal top of market in some cases and NFLX helps you get to to that $$ number.
    Feb 60

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