- Netflix opened itself up to questions about getting hired and working for the company in a LinkedIn thread this week.
- 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 said that “no one is saying you can or cannot do something” at work, adding that some teams must watch certain titles because they work on them.
- Netflix said it looked to hire people who are humble, courageous, and curious, with relevant experience, and it referred hopeful candidates to its jobs page.
Netflix invited LinkedIn users this week to ask their burning questions about working at the company – and most people seemed to have the same two.
As of Friday afternoon, 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?” one user, Bojan Rakita, asked in a comment.
“Freedom and responsibility – you choose how you want to spend your day doing what,” a company representative 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 another user, Edward B., asked another version of the same question, the representative reiterated that most Netflix watching is work-related, adding, “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 says Netflix keeps only 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 to get 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 an interview?”) to the blunt (“Hire me!”).
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has famously said the company does not tolerate failing employees or “brilliant jerks.”
To those asking about how to get hired, the Netflix representative’s standard response included a link to the company’s jobs page.
In response to one commenter, the representative 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.”