RealNetworks Reviews

Updated October 3, 2014
Updated October 3, 2014
196 Reviews
2.8
196 Reviews
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RealNetworks Founder, Chairman & CEO Rob Glaser
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Review Highlights

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  

    Good products but poor foresight and upper management

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at RealNetworks

    Pros

    Decent benefits.
    Nice new office.
    Ability to work with all sorts of current tech.

    Cons

    Upper management seems to focus on profit for now instead of investing in the future.
    Way too many layoffs that have been happening at least once a year.
    Reducing teams to be too lean and therefore cuts down on productivity.
    Marketing doesn't seem to be in tune with current trends.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a different CEO.
    Plan more for the future.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Stuck in the past

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers, opportunities to learn
    Nice view from the new office

    Cons

    Management is beyond bad. Favoritism rampant and unwillingness to embrace ideas other than their own

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want the company to survive then step down and let those who understand today's business world take the helm

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company leadership lacks focus, drive, and innovation

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    The benefits were very competitive. I worked with wonderful, smart people who were committed to the team's goals and objectives. The corporate culture was fun and playful when I first started several years ago.

    Cons

    The executive team was and still is slow to react to industry changes and competition. The CEO plays favorites and does not have a focused long term vision. Agree with the person who wrote "perpetual layoffs". There were layoffs within 3 months of my start date and they continued for years, at least once a year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make a commitment to a long term goal and back it up with the support/resources needed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Growing down, keep laying off

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    • 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 (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
  6.  

    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

  7.  

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

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    • 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 (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
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Time for changes

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    • 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 (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
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Lipstick on a Pig

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    • 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 (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
  10.  

    Not ideal

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    • 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 (less than an 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
  11.  

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

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    • 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 (more than an 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

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