Netflix bungled its business last year and ticked off lots of its customers, who quickly cancelled the service. It was a case study of a business and public relations disaster.
Now Netflix is at it again — this time by advertising for “recent college graduates” to fill jobs anyone could do. Age discrimination anyone? The ad on craigslist is titled, “Netflix – Recruiting Researcher (los gatos)” and it says:
“We treat you like an adult and expect you to act like one.”
***UPDATE 5/18/12: Netflix has removed the job posting from its own website. For a PDF of the original, click here.
Netflix has not responded to a request for comment.
Netflix would do well to act like an adult and recruit people who can do the job — and that includes college grads from quite a while ago. Consider the Netflix job ad below. What’s in this job description that an older worker couldn’t deliver?
We’ve found that recent college grads have been most successful in this position because we need some who is:
- Self-motivated and directed; hungry to get started with a great, well-known company.
- Proactive; taking initiative and follow-through is a must
- Accustomed to multi-tasking and meeting multiple, tight deadlines
- A leader and will offer innovative and constructive ideas to continue our team’s success
I know a lot of hungry 40+ year olds who are out of work — they’re self-motivated, proactive, can multitask, and lead others.
Netflix goes on to say that:
“We don’t have rules.”
That’s clear. They could add, “We don’t have any common sense.”
I’m a big fan of hiring kids out of college — as a cohort, they’re suffering mightily in the job market. They need help. Perhaps Netflix can hire a new grad who can show the company how to recruit properly. Or maybe it needs someone a lot more experienced than the clown in HR who’s producing these job descriptions and ads.