Software Engineer (L4) - Cloud Games Platform



Software Engineering
Los Gatos, CA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, July 2, 2024
At Netflix, we want to entertain the world and are constantly innovating on how entertainment is imagined, created and delivered to a global audience. We currently stream content in more than 30 languages in 190 countries, topping over 220 million paid subscribers and are expanding into new forms of entertainment such as gaming.
Bring your passion for games and the joy of enabling others as we build our games experience. We are rapidly expanding new gaming offerings, so we are seeking an engineer with a wide breadth of experience who is excited to help us lead the continued building and scaling of our efforts for our international audience.
This role involves architecting, authoring, and maintaining highly-complex software stacks for our cloud gaming service. This requires an engineer comfortable working throughout the application pipeline, including hardware accelerated video/audio/data processing, media encoding/decoding, and network transport algorithms.
This role requires engineers whose expertise covers optimizing both local system performance (writing high-performance, efficient code with a deep understanding of both hardware and software dynamics) and total system performance (including efficient and effective use of Internet connectivity). All engineers must be comfortable with producing high-quality solutions to business problems in the midst of high ambiguity to continue to push the boundary on what they can accomplish. We provide the freedom to execute, learn and pivot, and the responsibility to be self directed, collaborative and insightful. This gives you the freedom to do your best work and contribute directly to the success of the business.

You will be successful in this role if you:

  • Are a quick learner and excited about learning new technologies.
  • Advocate software craftsmanship and take pride in your work.
  • Thrive in an environment with lots of context and minimal guidance.
  • Enjoy collaborating with engineers across functional teams and have excellent communication skills.
  • Enjoy taking full ownership of projects from conception to production.
  • Are comfortable working in multiple different areas of a backend software stack.


  • Experience developing and optimizing high-performance, real-time applications such as games or simulations.
  • Strong low-level coding skills in Golang and/or C++.
  • Experience working in complex codebases.
  • Experience developing for a variety of different hardware platforms.
  • Comfortable learning and working with a wide variety of technologies.

Nice to have:

  • Experience with low-level hardware optimization.
  • Experience with game development, media processing, and/or networking.
  • Experience developing game consoles.
  • Experience working with embedded systems and/or microcontrollers.
  • Experience with DevOps and/or containerization.
  • Experience with modern graphics APIs (Vulkan preferred).
  • Experience working with game engine internals.
Our compensation structure consists solely of an annual salary; we do not have bonuses. You choose each year how much of your compensation you want in salary versus stock options. To determine your personal top of market compensation, we rely on market indicators and consider your specific job family, background, skills, and experience to determine your compensation in the market range. The range for this role is $270,000 - $410,000.
Netflix provides comprehensive benefits including Health Plans, Mental Health support, a 401(k) Retirement Plan with employer match, Stock Option Program, Disability Programs, Health Savings and Flexible Spending Accounts, Family-forming benefits, and Life and Serious Injury Benefits. We also offer paid leave of absence programs. Full-time hourly employees accrue 35 days annually for paid time off to be used for vacation, holidays, and sick paid time off. Full-time salaried employees are immediately entitled to flexible time off. See more detail about our Benefits here.
Netflix is a unique culture and environment. Learn more here.
We are an equal-opportunity employer and celebrate diversity, recognizing that diversity of thought and background builds stronger teams. We approach diversity and inclusion seriously and thoughtfully. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, national origin, caste, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, age, disability, medical condition, pregnancy, genetic makeup, marital status, or military service.