- Netflix opened itself up to questions about getting hired and working for the company on a LinkedIn thread.
- Most people seemed to have the same two questions: “Can Netflix employees binge watch Netflix at work?” and “Will you hire me?”
- To the binge-watching question, the company responded, “No one is saying you can or cannot do something [at work]” and added that some teams must watch certain titles because they work on them.
- Netflix said the company looks to hire people who are humble, courageous, curious, and have relevant experience, referring hopeful prospective employees to its jobs page.
Netflix invited LinkedIn users to ask their burning questions about working at the company — and most people seemed to have the same two questions.
At the time of publication, there were more than 1,000 comments on the thread.
Over and over again, commenters asked two questions:
1. Can Netflix employees binge watch Netflix at work?
“Are Netflix employees allowed to watch Netflix during work hours?” LinkedIn user Bojan Rakita asked in a comment.
“Freedom and responsibility — you choose how you want to spend your day doing what,” a spokesperson for the company responded on LinkedIn. “No one is saying you can or cannot do something, but you have to be responsible in moving the business and making an impact. For some teams it is necessary to watch our titles because they work on them.”
And when user Edward B. asked another version of the same question, the representative reiterated that most Netflix watching is work-related, and added: “To be candid, there are a lot of fast-paced and exciting projects happening, so there probably isn’t time or as much of a priority to catch up with personal Netflix viewing.”
According to a document explaining the company’s “unusual employee culture” released in 2017, Netflix employees are encouraged to make independent decisions, openly share information, and be extraordinarily candid. The memo also states that Netflix only keeps its “highly effective people” and “avoids rules.”
And for the record, no, Netflix employees don’t get free subscriptions.
2. Will you hire me?
Many people asked about the best way of getting hired at the company, from the general (“How should I go about obtaining a position at the company?”) to the specific (“How do you get a job if no one will give you a interview?”) to the blunt (“Hire me!”).
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has famously said that the company does not tolerate failing employees or “brilliant jerks.”
To those asking about how to get hired, Netflix’s standard response included a link to its jobs page.
In response to one commenter, a spokesperson had this to say about what Netflix looks for in a candidate:
“You need to have relevant experience for the role you are applying for and on top of that, when you interview in person, demonstrate qualities that showcase Netflix values. Are you courageous? Are you humble? Are you curious and passionate and ask thoughtful questions about the business? Are you able to and open to providing and receiving feedback to be better? Are you scrappy, have grit and willing to roll up your sleeves regardless of your title? Are you a team player? Are you inclusive and self aware? These are all things we look for. If you read the culture memo at jobs.netflix.com, it will provide more of a perspective on what we look for.”
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