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RealNetworks Founder, Chairman & CEO Rob Glaser
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Pros
  • They still have a good work/life balance and some decent benefits (in 21 reviews)

  • I worked with wonderful, smart people who were committed to the team's goals and objectives (in 16 reviews)


Cons
  • Much of upper management are stuck in their old way of doing things (in 12 reviews)

  • Also the senior management changed 2x while i was there in two years and it was very hard to maintain a solid direction (in 11 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't waste your time

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - QA Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - QA Manager in Seattle, WA

    I worked at RealNetworks full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    A good place to learn and experimenting for newbies to tech. world

    Cons

    No clear vision, high turn around

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the "empire-building" strategy and really evaluate the performance of upper management folks who have been with the company for more than 5yr.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great People too many lost jobs because lack of direction

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at RealNetworks full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people and great ideas

    Cons

    Ideas never used or just help on the back burner
    HR lacks professionalism and is behind in the times with compensation
    lack of morale and energy due to bad management
    Hiring friends to work for you that have no experience is so wrong
    no management training

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hire and keep the smart people who make an impact

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Absolutely Pathetic

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Reston, VA

    I worked at RealNetworks full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Free soda
    Good case study for how to blow a few hundred million quickly
    I had a very comfortable chair
    We got to play lazer tag once

    Cons

    General lack of industry knowledge from directors on up
    Too many employees, too little projects
    Horrible salaries
    No direction on anything, ever!
    Super low moral (brutally low...)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recruit better employees, raise salaries, get rid of directors who should be working at a bank or the government...not a top level entertainment company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bad mojo

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    Former Employee - Director in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Director in Seattle, WA

    I worked at RealNetworks full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good at promoting to higher levels of responsibility, and allows you to move laterally to new types of role (after proving yourself for a few years in the field they hired you for). Pays OK.

    Cons

    Glaser and his executive minions can be nasty bullies. Glaser will call your ideas "stupid" in front of your peers/bosses if he disagrees. Plus the company is living off the past with no clear strategy of where to take the company in the 21st century.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Roller coaster ride of mis-management, RIFs and disappointments

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    Former Employee - QA Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - QA Manager in Seattle, WA

    I worked at RealNetworks full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    In today's market the benefits, are very good.

    Cons

    Revolving door CEO, no direction, company is an ATM machine for the Chairman of the Board.

    Acting CEO is an autocrat.

    Management has now view down into what the company is really doing.

    Employees are fodder, and are expendable.

    No new products in ages.

    HR is out to screw employees.

    Under-market salaries.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove head from anus, listen to your employees. Ship a new product!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Find yourself a better company to work for

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I worked at RealNetworks full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    They have good donation matching program

    Cons

    This place is a mess. I really feed bad about everyoneone who's stuck working there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Get Real RN - very lousy place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at RealNetworks

    Pros

    Technology driven, good location, get to use the latest technologies, still has a good name in the Seattle job market

    Cons

    Lot of politics in the company. If you are on the losing side, your head is on the line.
    The company has no clue on the direction it is going. Non existent sales/marketing team. No new business in the pipeline.
    The company is just burning the cash from the settlement with Microsoft. So its days are numbered.
    The managers don't know how to manage their teams. No direction from the top management.
    Because of the downsizing and attrition, the load on the individuals has increased a lot. No work life balance as you are expected to work long hours and weekends.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to find new business, develop new product ideas, get a strong sales team, communicate to the teams, set direction to the team

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    I am so glad I am no longer working there

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I worked at RealNetworks

    Pros

    1. Very good benefits, great location
    2. I was given time-off whenever I needed it and had flexibility to work from home

    Cons

    Where do I start:
    1. Lot of micro-management and name calling...so much of dirty politics that I wonder how work gets done here.
    2. I never laughed when I was here, the atmosphere is just so stressful, when is the next cut coming, who will go, is the company going to be there tomorrow....
    3. Growth is next to minimal and as someone else has sadi, salary is a big joke.
    4. The company doesnt have a direction. Decisions are taken without any aim.
    5. New ideas are not encouraged and are in fact brutally crushed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People lower in the stack like Developers, testers form the core of the company, invest after them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't even interview

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at RealNetworks

    Pros

    Location is in Seattle so food options are great, benefits are good, parking across the street but still have to pay, cafeteria food not bad, flexible time off

    Cons

    Management do not know what they're doing. They will probably run this company into the ground. Managers love giving other managers super important titles. You will have to manage up and kiss a lot off butt to get ahead. Good luck getting a decision made. Compensation is below par and don't even think about raises or bonuses. No career path.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop sugar-coating the bad. Have direction and execute. Stick to plan. Listen to the people. Treat employees as talents, not expendables.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lots and lots of missed chances.

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Software Test Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Test Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I worked at RealNetworks

    Pros

    + Great location, subsidized parking, free bus pass
    + Friendly support staff (admins, building security)
    + Good cafeteria with long hours (8am-6pm)
    + Very good benefits with tuition reimbursement
    + Pleasant work environment with flexible hours for most part

    Cons

    - Absolutely horrible management at every level
    - The onus is on short term revenue and not one manager has the sense to look at the bigger picture. In the name of short term revenue, one team blew the chance for Helix to be part of the Android stack. A director from the same team pretty much killed off the open source effort that Real had spent years building up. Quality suffers and customers don't come back.
    - Pay is a joke
    - Non-technical personnel at various positions including Program Managers, Directors, VP of Technology and heck, even the CEO is not technical enough.
    - Layoffs every 3 months does wonders to your morale as an employee. The *biggest* problem I have with Real is how they have active hiring on the side (anywhere between 10-30 positions open) as they are still laying people off. This is borderline unethical. The jobs are being to China and India in the name of costs cutting but there are no hiring freezes ever. This is something Real's useless HR needs to learn from their neighbors at Redmond. Again this is a big FU to your employees who have been with you for 4-8 years.
    - Dependent on advertising and people installing Yahoo/Google/WeatherChannel toolbar to generate revenue. No real products - downsize all you want but without any products, there's no future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I could give a lot of advice but nothing's going to change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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