RealNetworks
2.6 of 5 180 reviews
www.realnetworks.com Seattle, WA 1000 to 5000 Employees

RealNetworks Reviews

Updated Apr 9, 2014
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2.6 180 reviews

                             

26% Approve of the CEO

RealNetworks Founder, Chairman & Interim CEO Rob Glaser

Rob Glaser

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23% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Lipstick on a Pig

Program Manager (Former Employee)
Seattle, WA

I worked at RealNetworks full-time for more than 3 years

ProsCoworkers are mostly pleasant and truly willing to help on another
The view is great view from the new building and it's somewhat modern - open and inviting for collaboration
There are opportunities to learn new technologies as they're moving into the cloud/mobile environment

ConsThe company had a new CEO with vision but Rob Glaser didn't approve as he seems to be wedded to RealPlayer for some reason. The company took 10 steps backwards when the old guard returned and they really don't get the new world of devices anywhere though they seem to think they do.

The new office building, though nice inside, is in a terrible location for commuters

The people who really cared about making good products and knowing how to do so have left, or are close to leaving.

Advice to Senior ManagementManagement is clueless and deaf to advice so won't waste my time here

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Not ideal

Software Test Engineer (Former Employee)
Seattle, WA

I worked at RealNetworks as a contractor for less than a year

ProsIt us an interesting industry space

ConsI did not enjoy the culture of the company. People were friendly but still did not invest much time in creating group culture and chemistry. I think that if the team is united and creating work relationship it helps the execution level and collaboration.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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File in the "Where are they now?" category?

Director of Marketing (Former Employee)
Seattle, WA

I worked at RealNetworks full-time for more than a year

ProsReal used to be a solid company in the dot-com era. They were smart; they built a lot of good technology, media players and founded Rhapsody as well (still their best product IMHO). There were smart people who worked there and they treated their employees well.
They still have a good work/life balance and some decent benefits. Plus the location in downtown Seattle is great.

ConsThe political infighting was really hard to deal with - there were many power struggles that caused people to stop focusing on what was important - getting the job done. Also the senior management changed 2x while i was there in two years and it was very hard to maintain a solid direction. The management would not listen to the plans that their senior managers and directors would propose and often changed direction very quickly. Morale is also very low.

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees. You hired them for a reason right? Then let them Do Their Jobs. Get some senior management that cares and give them some rope to make real decisions and improve the company.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Real doesn't get the connection between customer focus and innovation

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Seattle, WA

I have been working at RealNetworks full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGreat location on the waterfront and great restaurants.

ConsTheir management is all about skating to where the puck used to be not to where it's going to be. They seem to have an insecurity problem and want to be cool, but have no idea what cool looks like.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great people, inept leaders

Program Manager (Former Employee)
Seattle, WA

I worked at RealNetworks full-time for more than 5 years

Pros- Great people to work with, very smart
- Interesting and technically challenging work
- Opportunities for advancement (see cons)

Cons- Senior leadership continually plays catch-up with competition
- Strategic decisions made from the catch-up position are reactionary and desperate
- Lots of churn from good people trying to make a better culture, then leaving for a company with healthier leadership (creating opportunity for advancement for those that are left)

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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ok ok company

Lead Software Development Engineer (Current Employee)
Seattle, WA

I have been working at RealNetworks full-time for more than a year

Prosgood life work balance - because essentially there is nothing much going on anyway.

Consno directions things take ages to take a decision on...

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great people, hard workers, but lack of innovative thinking.

Director (Current Employee)
Seattle, WA

I have been working at RealNetworks full-time for more than 10 years

ProsThe people are great to work with. Many long timers. Company has lots of cash in the bank.

ConsThe company lacks innovation and forward thinking. It seems that RN is always one or two steps behind the competition when getting new products out the door. Groups are very "top heavy", meaning too much management, not enough worker bees.

Advice to Senior ManagementBecome more agile.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Zero focus from upper management

Design Lead (Former Employee)
Seattle, WA

I worked at RealNetworks full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGood location, plenty of nearby coffee options

ConsDepressing culture, the CEO position has been a revolving door for years

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Lost opportunities abound, smart employees, circus at the top

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Seattle, WA

I worked at RealNetworks full-time for more than 5 years

ProsSmart people, great work environment.

ConsMismanaged resources, lack of direction and coordination. Top management too far from real issues.

Advice to Senior ManagementGet on the same page, understand obstacles and what it really takes to get priority work done.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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RealNetworks is trying, but not suceding

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Seattle, WA

I worked at RealNetworks

ProsThe Benefits were acceptable and for the most part the people are smart. The company is still very technology based, so if that's your area, there is good work to be done there.

ConsThe culture is still crippled from years of erratic changes in focus, a long steady line of RIFs, and a diet of fear, disappointment and ignorance as to the constantly changing priorities. Even if things were to improve greatly with regard to revenues and a clear goal, the current employee base would still be cowering in their paste colored offices afraid to reach or innovate. Unfortunately, in an environment like this, there tend to be three kinds of people: The ones who are far smarter than they feel able to contribute and just keep their heads down, the ones who are arrogant and use those bowed heads as step stools and those about to be laid off. None of whom make for a healthy or vibrant company.

Bob Kimball made a good start on changing things, but did not go far enough. He actually talked about a more open communication (a lot) but forgot to communicate anything of substance. Still, I had high hopes for Bob, he was off to the best start in the company’s history with regard to culture. Guess we know how that went over…

Advice to Senior ManagementFollow Bob's lead, take it farther, but above all, gain the trust of the employee base or parish.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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