Ten years ago, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings first publicly released his company’s culture deck. In more than 120 slides, Netflix broke down its management and cultural philosophy to prepare potential recruits for what it would be like to work with the then DVD-by-mail operation.
The presentation offered a peek into the culture of the growing tech operation, which is now worth more than $125 billion and employs about 7,100 people around the world.
Some aspects of Netflix’s management philosophy instantly stirred up controversy, like its lack of a formal vacation policy and aversion to “brilliant jerks,” but the document also set an example for other employers, who have since adopted some of its aspects. Top Facebook exec Sheryl Sandberg once said the deck “may well be the most important document ever to come out of the Valley.”
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