Why Netflix fires employees

Apple giaskfkss
May 24 43 Comments

Does anybody know what the reasons of Netflix usually firing employees are?

Is it because of continuous bad performance? Or poor cultural fit?

A cousin of my gf moved to Netflix this January and he has been hearing about somebody getting fired every month. He even received email with such news.
Does Netflix has kind of an unofficial policy to fire certain amount of people yearly?

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  • Twitch / Finance I dun goof
    Dude... I'm not sure if you're trolling or ignorant

    Netflix has this 100 page culture deck that's in the public domain for everyone to read. In it, it says if you're average, you're getting a severance package.

    In the deck, it also lists a thougbt exercise, if your employee comes to you with a better job offer, would you aggressively try to prevent the employee from leaving by offering higher pay or promo. If you do not think that the employee is worth saving in the hypothetical though exercise, then the employee should be fired.

    Netflix's entire culture is built on firing people quickly and churning out lower performers. Some people love it and others call it toxic. It's definitely not for everyone
    May 24 13
    • Amazon / Eng Yolo!
      Is the Manager really responsible for delivery? I thought each IC is responsible for their own delivery at Netflix. There is no quota is same as unlimited vacation, it happens you just don’t call it. There is stack rank everywhere, it’s just human nature and managers know who are their Stars in an order. You keep your MVP’s and clear the role players over time to bring in MVP caliber players. I’m just paraphrasing all this from you’re culture deck.
      May 25
    • Amazon / Eng Yolo!
      BTW, no company let’s go 15% every quarter. Lol, it’s One or two times a year max and lot closer to 5-10% range. I have never heard of 15% in the last few years
      May 25
    • Netflix / Eng LoveDeathR
      Netflix let go about 8% per year last time I checked. It's not that different from industry average, we just don't have bullshit PIP
      May 25
    • Amazon / Eng Yolo!
      Agreed on the no PIP! But if you’re on H1B you’d take PIP over immediate fire :) Just saying, but you know what you are getting into joining Netflix
      May 25
    • Oracle SfsM37
      The "Dream Team" part of that document was the longest and most tiresome sports analogy I have ever read

      This stuff sounds like it was written by scientology
      May 26
  • Google DDR
    politics is the usual reason
    May 24 6
    • Google DDR
      it's the culture, top-down
      search past threads on Blind for many ex-Netflixers
      May 24
    • Read the famous presentation from CEO. I would say Bar Raising.
      May 25
    • Netflix NFLX1
      This has not been my experience, but I’m sure it happens sometimes, as it would anywhere. Politics are much less of an issue at Netflix, from what I’ve seen, compared to places like Google and Facebook. Part of that is due to the flat structure and personalized comp.
      May 25
    • Facebook mnbvcxza
      They fired the person that created their famous why they fire so much presentation.
      May 25
    • Google Classical
      May 25
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    • Amazon / Eng firefly123
      HBO was willing to throw seasons upon seasons at GoT. The writers quit to chase Star Wars money and because the source material ran out long ago
      May 25
  • Netflix Jskfbzkan
    Most commonly: You could be a poor performer. You could clash with your manager. Your role could be considered not needed any more.
    May 24 5
    • Apple giaskfkss
      OP
      For the 3rd reason: is it possible to move to another role within the company?
      May 24
    • Box Nwcz20
      No
      May 24
    • Netflix Jskfbzkan
      Depends if your role is needed elsewhere. Considerate managers will give you time to interview with other teams. There are no rules though.
      May 25
    • Netflix NFLX1
      Teams absolutely place people from phased out roles/teams elsewhere. If they let the person go outright, it’s likely that it was a combination of performance issues and a lack of appropriate open positions on other teams.
      May 25
    • Netflix Nqac32
      In the cases I've seen where an entire team in disbanded, people are encouraged to look at other positions within the company. We want to keep good people if we can. Sometimes though, people decide to take the generous severance and use the opportunity to start a company or do something different.
      May 25
  • Netflix Asdfghjklz
    Everyone I know that was fired from Netflix was because they pissed off or upstaged their manager. The severance package has a nice NDA attached so people keep their mouths shut. Most were top performers on their teams as well.
    Jun 2 1
    • Facebook / Eng
      deepanalys

      Facebook Eng

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      deepanalysmore
      In good companies, your job is build a good product.

      In bad companies, your job is to make your manager look good.
      Jun 4
  • Box Nwcz20
    Organizational pivots as well
    May 24 4
    • Apple giaskfkss
      OP
      What do you mean?
      May 24
    • Box Nwcz20
      They hire a team to do something. Decide they don’t want to do that something anymore. Instead of finding those people new positions in company they fire that team and it’s management.
      May 24
    • Apple giaskfkss
      OP
      Oh really? Is it possible to move to different team in general?
      May 24
    • Netflix NFLX1
      It’s very common to move teams if you find a better fit. That’s usually driven by the individual, but can be suggested by a manager that would rather keep someone within the company than let them go.
      May 25
  • Netflix
    kit-kat

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    kit-katmore
    No matter what the culture deck says, these are the reasons I have seen personally:
    - Office politics. Recently a very strong and performing director was fired because he didn't play along the nonsense re-org
    - Disagreements with you manager, director or an old-timer IC with strong connections to your manager and/or director
    - You are smart IC and actually trying to improve things in the team. This makes C players (most common at Netflix) nervous about their jobs and they manage to get you fired on some hypothetical culture fit issue.

    Netflix culture deck is no longer true, it might have been true once upon a time with like 100 engineers. Now we are more than a thousand and culture deck actually hurts in hiring great talent.
    Jun 3 1
    • Apple fmake
      I thought that the culture deck was a fantastic read. I had complete respect for what they were trying to set but absolutely didn't want to be in that potentially toxic environment.

      I think at the time, NFLX paid a much higher base than any of the usual FAANG folks and not by a small margin.
      Jul 26
  • Facebook / Eng
    baldnshort

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    Watching Netflix at work.
    May 24 1
    • WeWork / Eng AOfu71
      And chilling too?
      May 25
  • Amazon krro
    Ineffective hiring loops and bad management
    May 25 0
  • Netflix Zero Cool
    Because you don't perform. Honestly 100% no idea what the big issue is here, the same thing happens in every other company in the world.

    The bar is nowhere near as high as folklore makes it. Is the same as most half decent companies. I used to work twice as hard in the previous startup I was in
    May 28 2
    • LinkedIn
      pixel4

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      Microsoft
      pixel4more
      How’s wlb in general? I know that you should be responsible for setting expectations with manager and deliver stuffs which doesn’t necessarily require long hours. But in general how many hours do people put in?
      May 28
    • Netflix Zero Cool
      No idea, it changes drastically person to person. Some people work 10am to 4:00pm and kill it, some work occasionally in the evening.

      We honestly don't measure input the only thing people care is output.
      May 30

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