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Netflix fires 3 senior marketing execs for secretly complaining about their company's top brass over Slack, report says (NFLX)

Published by Business Insider on Fri, 16 Jul 2021


<p><img src="https://static2.businessinsider.com/image/60f0d39d016a3200188368bd-2400/netflix-logo-headquarters.jpg" border="0" alt="The Netflix company logo is seen on a sign in front of Netflix headquarters in Los Gatos, California." data-mce-source="Ryan Anson/Getty Images" data-mce-caption="Netflix fired three senior executives for airing complaints about their boss on Slack, according to The Hollywood Reporter."></p><p></p><bi-shortcode id="summary-shortcode" data-type="summary-shortcode" class="mceNonEditable" contenteditable="false">Summary List Placement</bi-shortcode><p>Netflix has fired three senior executives within its film marketing team for airing complaints via private Slack messages about company leadership, <a href="https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/business/business-news/netflix-fires-execs-over-slack-comments-1234982361/">The Hollywood Reporter</a> reported Thursday.</p><p>The executives, who accounted for around half of Netflix's staff at that level according to the publication, had also criticized their direct boss, Jonathan Helfgot, the VP of original film marketing, THR reported, which said that while Helfgot himself was reluctant, he ultimately gave in to pressure from more senior leadership to fire the three employees.</p><p>Netflix did not immediately respond to a request for comment on this story.&nbsp;</p><p>Netflix is known for a unique company culture that it famously outlined publicly in a <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/netflix-culture-deck-top-most-impactful-slides-2019-10">127-slide deck</a> in 2009, which stated that it valued "radical transparency"a value that leads to intense feedback during its <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/netflix-insiders-describe-how-its-360-feedback-reviews-work-2020-3">annual 360-degree reviews</a>.</p><p>A Netflix insider told THR given the company's emphasis on candor, it may have actually been the way in which the executives communicated their gripesthrough Slack messages they believed to be privaterather than the substance, that got them fired.</p><p>The messages weren't private however, an employee who discovered several months' worth of the conversations reported them to Netflix, according to THR.</p><p>The executives' gripes also targeted Netflix chief marketing officer Bozoma Saint John, according to THR. Saint John, a rising star in the company, has gained a reputation for her connections to <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/bozoma-saint-johns-path-to-becoming-netflix-cmo-profile-2020-7">political luminaries like the Obamas and fashion icons like Anna Wintour</a>, and is known as unapologetically outspoken and a role model for women of color who have been notoriously underrepresented at the executive level of major companies.</p><p><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/netflix-fires-marketing-executives-who-complained-about-company-leadership-slack-2021-7#comments">Join the conversation about this story &#187;</a></p> <p>NOW WATCH: <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/sneaky-ways-costco-buy-more-tricks-2018-5">Sneaky ways Costco gets you to buy more</a></p>
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