Wanted: A Netflix Inc. NFLX -1.63% flight attendant to work on the company’s private jet. Required Salary: Up to $385,000.
At a time of job cuts at many top tech companies, Netflix this week sent the internet into a frenzy with an unusual job posting. The streaming company would like a trained flight attendant to lead the journeys on its super-midsize jet, according to the post on its website. The employee must have excellent customer service skills and safety training.
The salary range for the role is listed as $60,000 to $385,000 depending on the person’s background, according to Netflix. By comparison, the average annual salary for a flight attendant in 2021 was about $61,000, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Netflix has not responded to requests for comment.
The job advertisement went viral. “Where do I apply?!” was a common refrain. Some social media users couldn’t believe the wide salary range, a likely impact of new salary transparency disclosure laws recently enacted in several states, including California, where Netflix is based.
Others were surprised Netflix even promoted the role given the company’s focus on reining in spending. Last year, Netflix recorded two straight quarters of subscriber losses and laid off hundreds of employees for the first time in its history.
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For some flight attendants, the biggest surprise was the potential paycheck. Lauren Pires, a Miami-based flight attendant, said she’s never heard of anyone in her industry making $385,000.
“This has to be a pretty, pretty good position for that salary,” said Ms Pires, who has worked on private jets for over a decade. She said many corporate flight attendants make six figures, but not as much as the maximum salary on the Netflix list.
The job asks the new employee to balance high-flying life with the mundane on its Gulfstream G550 jet charter voyages.
Netflix’s corporate jet services are available for personal use by some executives and their families and guests, the company said. “Consider amounts related to such travel as a fringe benefit,” the company’s compensation disclosure reads.
A private jet trip is a common perk with some large companies, often for safety reasons.
“The aviation team helps Netflix reach the world more efficiently and effectively so the company can continue to create joy around the world,” the job posting reads, noting that the recruit will be based near Netflix’s headquarters in the Silicon Valley will be stationed.
The flight attendant should be able to stand for long periods, assist with loading luggage, do aircraft shopping and loading before a trip. The person who joins a team of flight attendants must also be a self-starter: “The flight attendant must act with little instruction and a lot of self-motivation,” says the job advertisement.
Netflix’s flight services are available for personal use by some executives and their families and guests.
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The position probably wouldn’t offer much job security or scheduling protection, said Sara Nelson, the president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, which represents 50,000 flight attendants. Corporate flight attendants sometimes don’t know where they’re going when they show up for work.
Ms Pires, the company’s flight attendant, said her colleagues on private jets often work alone with more than a dozen passengers. Your tasks are demanding. You will be responsible for enforcing safety procedures, procuring food ingredients, cooking meals, cleaning the aircraft and looking after wealthy clients.
“We’re not flying the plane, but we’re doing everything we can to make sure those customers are happy with those planes,” said Ms. Pires, who is also the executive director of VVIP International, a Miami-based company that trains business flights attendants and staff private flights.
She said passengers asked company flight attendants to pick up items at Saks Fifth Avenue or to find caviar or expensive bottles of Don Julio 1942 tequila.
Given the requirements in the Netflix job description, the company’s new flight attendant would likely need to be experienced and available 24/7 to get top pay, Ms Pires said.
Reed Hastings, co-head of Netflix.
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The low end of the advertised salary range for the position is $60,000. Netflix likely released the offer to comply with California’s new salary transparency law, which requires most employers to include salaries in job postings. New York City and Washington State have similar laws.
Some employers have published wide salary ranges to comply with the law, leading some applicants to question the usefulness of this requirement.
Netflix co-chief executive Reed Hastings has long advocated transparency as a key part of corporate culture, and the streaming company has historically given its employees broader access to company information than many public companies. But it now limits some employees’ ability to see other employees’ pay information, the Wall Street Journal reported earlier this month.
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Christine Hendrickson, vice president of strategic initiatives at Syndio Inc., a workplace analytics platform, said companies sometimes release wide salary ranges when hiring positions at different levels or trying to accommodate applicants in high or low cost-of-living areas.
For example, Netflix has a separate listing for a software developer who either works remotely or is based in Silicon Valley. The salary range: between 90,000 and 900,000 dollars.
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