- Netflix data comprises a third of the incoming data in North American homes.
- Their infrastructure is based on Amazon Web Services.
- In off-peak hours, Netflix’s systems are repurposed to analyze data. The results are used to pre-cache data and to determine the likelihood of success of a show that Netflix might finance.
- As an employer, Netflix pays well:
Managers routinely survey salary trends in Silicon Valley and pay their employees 10 percent to 20 percent more than the going rate for a given skill. Fired employees also get ultragenerous severance packages; the idea is to remove guilt as an obstacle to management parting ways with subpar performers.And they prefer to have older employees:
Netflix also tends to employ older people than its peers. “We hire fully formed adults,” says Cockcroft. “We let them do five years at Google before taking them on.”
Netflix’s technology and hiring practices
In the article “Netflix, Reed Hastings Survive Missteps to Join Silicon Valley's Elite”, Ashlee Vance profiles Netflix and its CEO Hastings for Businessweek. The article mentions a few interesting tidbits about the company’s technology and hiring practices: