Reddit AMA Reveals What It Takes to Work at Netflix

Reddit AMA Reveals What It Takes to Work at Netflix

By: Daniel Steingold | August 14, 2016

A recent AMA on Reddit from a Netflix employee revealed some of the things that it takes to work at the streaming service.

Here are some highlights as to what you should expect:

  • During the interview process, about 40 to 50 percent of the time is spent trying to ensure that your personality is compatible with the company culture. Although for many roles they probably will want you to have technical skills, they won’t grill you on technical questions.
  • The first interview can take up to 8 hours, depending upon your role and Netflix’s level of interest.
  • You’ll usually be interviewed by about eight people, and if even a single one of them says “no” to your candidacy, there’s a good chance that you won’t be hired
  • Education, including where you went to school, doesn’t matter a ton. The employee who held the AMA dropped out of college.
  • Netflix doesn’t follow the same level of supervision and hierarchy that other companies do. According to the employee, “the orders are less orders and more context about what the big picture is and what is going on with the numbers. And everyone is expected to pitch in in their own way.”
  • Netflix is not afraid to let go of underperforming employees. The employee described them as being “more cutthroat about firing ‘dead weight’ than every other company I worked for.”
  • Lastly, the streaming service was described as not having many entry-level positions for those straight out of college, although many in their mid-20s work at the company.

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