By Sam Boughedda
Netflix (NASDAQ:) is assessing its platform for opportunities to cut costs, according to an article from the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday.
With subscriber growth at the company slowing, the WSJ said its sources told them that Netflix is looking at aspects such as reducing its real-estate footprint, restricting corporate swag, limiting cloud-computing costs, and hiring more junior staff.
Netflix lost almost one million subscribers in the June quarter, and the company has laid off more than 400 employees this year. However, they are looking to cut costs further in an attempt to impose greater financial discipline.
Netflix is reportedly pushing to better control rising cloud computing spending with longtime cloud partner Amazon Web Services (NASDAQ:), according to WSJ sources.
Other changes Netflix is exploring are reducing the copies of data and content it stores globally and hiring more junior employees.
In addition, they are looking to rein in spending on perks. The WSJ said that over the last year, Netflix has put limits on its branded goods, such as coffee mugs, sweatshirts, and baby onesies, that employees can order.
Furthermore, Netflix is said to be closing its Salt Lake City office with workers being told they can work remotely, while it is also giving up space in Los Gatos, California, and Los Angeles.