RealNetworks Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
204 Reviews

3.0
204 Reviews
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RealNetworks Founder, Chairman & Interim CEO Rob Glaser
Rob Glaser
34 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • They still have a good work/life balance and some decent benefits (in 20 reviews)

  • There were smart people who worked there and they treated their employees well (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • 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)

  • I had zero faith in upper management to get the company back on track (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    Growing down, keep laying off

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Engineer friendly environment upon department policy
    Small group so closely work each other

    Cons

    No promotion, almost.
    No training at all.
    Many night(time-off) work with no cost

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Tough place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at RealNetworks

    Pros

    Challenging culture, people challenge you to think big

    Cons

    Leadership is terrible, lack of communication and revolving door at the top

  3.  

    Every day is a firefight due to lack of proper change control and user access control

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager In Production  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager In Production in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Great place to hone skills

    Cons

    Way too many people have administrative priv's to production infrastructure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Absolutely no change to production should take place unless approved by CAB. Quit making your staff supporting production single points of failure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Time for changes

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    The people are passionate, hardworking and believe the company will turn around. They are very resourceful and do good work with few resources they're given.

    Cons

    On average there's a 2% annual salary increase, morale is low and while the corporate strategy is planned, the tactical implementation is dependent upon the CEO's whims.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lipstick on a Pig

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Coworkers 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

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Management is clueless and deaf to advice so won't waste my time here

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Not ideal

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Test Engineer  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Test Engineer in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    It us an interesting industry space

    Cons

    I 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director of Marketing  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Director of Marketing in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Real 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Listen 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Great location on the waterfront and great restaurants.

    Cons

    Their 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great people, inept leaders

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Director in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Become more agile.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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