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Netflix is so popular that it uses over 35% of the bandwidth in North America. And keeping a juggernaut like Netflix running requires a large team of designers, engineers, managers, and customer service representatives.
Netflix is willing to shell out lots of money to make sure it recruits people who can deal with the fast pace of its product development, seeking out employees who can thrive in a hands-off work environment.
Using data from Glassdoor, we compiled a list of the highest salaries you can earn while working at Netflix, ranked from lowest to highest.
(Note: Some positions listed on Glassdoor were excluded because there weren’t enough shared salaries. Each average salary included in this roundup has at least 5 reviews.)
14. Customer Service Supervisor III
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A customer service supervisor oversees the work of customer service representatives, who at Netflix surely deal with at least a few angry people who just want to watch a movie.Glassdoor reviewersdescribe the customer service department as flexible and not built on a script.But one reviewer saysthat sometimes customer service is also the last department to know about changes in the company.
13. Operations Manager
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Operations managers deal with the day-to-day operations of a company, monitoring and managing operational costs,according to Payscale. Netflix is a company where the operations of the company has shifted significantly with the move away from DVD and toward streaming. As one Glassdoor reviewerwrote in about the DVD side in 2009, “Relax. You will all be out of work in 5-7 years when everything goes online streaming.”
12. Software Engineer
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Software engineers design and build software. At Netflix, this can span all the various different departments needed for such a complex product.One Glassdoor reviewer says, “If you are a passionate engineer who likes to solve hard problems, you will love Netflix.”
11. Senior QA Engineer
Quality assurance engineers deal with any quality issues and defects with the software, according to Workable.One reviewer on Glassdoorsays that quality assurance at Netflix keeps you on your toes, as the software is evolving at a fast pace.Others saythe work is difficult, but creative, and that their coworkers are brilliant.
10. Senior Systems Administrator
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A systems administrator is the one responsible for keeping the network or computer system in functioning order, according to Monster. Afew reviews on Glassdoorsuggest this is one of the more stressful areas of the Netflix organization, but there are also currently no job listings.
Managers at Netflix have a lot of freedom but also a lot of expectations, according tovarious Glassdoor reviews.One manager writesof the direct and honest conversations had with colleagues and superiors,but anotherrecalls that work/life balance was hard due to long hours.
8. Senior User Interface Engineer
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User interface engineers are responsible for how a product is laid out. They make sure a user interacts with each web page or app in the way they were meant to. At Netflix, this means working with user experience team to transform their ideas and designsinto living code.
7. Senior Web UI Engineer
6. Senior Software Engineer
A simple explanation of what a senior software engineer does is design, develop, and install software systems and solutions,according to Monster. But this can apply across various parts of Netflix’s enormous platform. But you have to be prepared to move fast, as Netflix’s software is constantly changing,according to one Glassdoor reviewer.
5. Senior Manager
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Everyone knows what a manager does, but at Netflix, you have to be ready to innovate.One commenter on Glassdoorgushed about how smart and thoughtful those you are managing are, and ready to challenge your ideas. And at the senior level you will probably need about 10 years experiencefor some manager positions.
4. Senior Software Engineer In Test
Senior software engineers in test make sure that Netflix can be tested thoroughly. As onecommenter on StackExchange puts it: you write software to test software. Those tests can extend to various departments and products within Netflix, but you’ll need at least 5 to 7 years experience based on current job postingson Netflix’s website.
3. Director of Content
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Netflix runs on content, and director of content is certainly one of the most important jobs at the company.For one Glassdoor reviewer, this meant looking for clever solutions and great ideas from anywhere within the organization at any time. This position has ahigh level of freedomwithin the company.
Directors are in charge of various departments within Netflix, and are,according to one Glassdoor reviewer, encouraged to try new things and invent the future. If you don’t like change, this won’t be for you, but it’s apparently like “living inside an MBA case study.” Of course, you probably need at least10 years experience, and in the case of a current Algorithms Scientific Directorjob listing, a PhD.
1. Director of Engineering
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A director of engineering makes sure all of a company’s engineering projects go off without a hitch, and because of the deep knowledge needed in the field,Monster saysthis type of gig usually requires at least a decade of experience. But if you have the chops,a reviewer on Glassdoorsays it’s the best job he or she has ever had, with very little politics. Although if you are a control-freak, it won’t be for you.