Aug 12th 2016 by netflixandreal • 49 Questions • 86 Points
I work at Netflix. I noticed an employee did an AMA over a year ago and deleted all their answers, which I was curious about! So I thought I'd do one.
There are a couple things I can't talk about, though I doubt any of them will be something people will ask about, so the (A) in the title is mostly a technicality.
I've worked here as an engineer for about half a year and feel comfortable answering questions. The one thing I have to point out is that this is obviously not an official AMA so I am never representing Netflix itself with my answers, just an employee of the company and my personal perspective.
Nope. It's like ten bucks a month or something, they pay us more than enough that we can afford our own sub. The infrastructure we'd have to build to provide free subs to employees would cost more than its worth.
Also making us pay for it is a small "eat your own dog food" thing.
What are the dirty sides you see with the company(Dark Secrets)?
I really like working here! There aren't a ton of problems. Two things:
1) This is true of Silicon Valley as a whole, but coming from a small town out of state, I'm a little sickened at the financial disparity here. Netflix pays their engineers a ton, but so many people here are incredibly poor and working as janitors, cleaning people, etc, for nearly minimum wage. There's so much wealth on display! Again, not really a Netflix-specific problem, and I would say Netflix treats all employees better than some other companies might.
2) Netflix will do anything to increase the amount of time you spend on our site. There are many little "tricks" we use to get you watching as long as possible, like the autoplay after the episode ends, the apparent limited selection, etc. There's never any thought put into what happens if someone is watching too much.
If I think of anything else I'll reply.
Why am I sometimes able to view Netflix test footage, such as the very long video of the fountain?
Someone made a mistake configuring the footage. It's not really a big deal, right? Enjoy all those changing pixels!
The real mistake was when we accidentally published House of Cards Season 3 early. :(
I'm pretty sure that's happening pretty soon. We have a deal with Disney now, who owns Star Wars. Maybe Star Wars is not included in that but I have no reason to believe that. Probably coming soon!
Is there any way to filter by length? So often I just want to watch something less than an hour long.
You can't filter by anything! Sorry.
Find a distributor and tell them you'd like to put your movie on Netflix. Any distributor will know how to make that happen.
Brutal! Just watch Adam Sandler movies until they become bearable.
When can we Get ER added to streaming? Love that show. Also, tacos or pizza?
No idea about ER, sorry.
I used to like pizza a lot more when I was on the east coast... Pizza in Cali sucks, but the tacos are amazing!
I'm curious about your technical knowledge and the systems used at Netflix. I know Netflix uses Cassandra for their personalization. Do you deal with this side of the business? What exactly are the distinctions in Netflix departments?
I do deal with Cassandra! Here's an answer I posted above that I think answers your question but feel free to reply if you want more details: