RealNetworks Reviews

Updated September 2, 2014
Updated September 2, 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  

    not a great company

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

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

    Pros

    good Work/Life Balance, team people is nice, good work environment, exposure to new tech, chance to attend seminar/conference

    Cons

    Bad leadership, no vision, operation/structure not flexible

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have good product

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    good work life balance

    • 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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    Long hours, weekend work is not needed in most teams.
    Work on lot of new technologies

    Cons

    Growth is very slow resulting in ambitious top performers leaving the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to keep the top performers happy and reduce attrition.

    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fun, yet somewhat unpredictable

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

    I have been working at RealNetworks full-time

    Pros

    The people who work here are smart, fun and engaging. If you choose the right product team, work can be very fulfilling. The company culture is in the process of changing and becoming more transparent and technically relevant.

    Cons

    RealNetworks has historically been involved in way too many businesses and lacks focus. There are lots of unpredictable changes that come from the upper tiers of management that seem like they are from left field. Compensation and benefits are good if you are on the right project and have a strong manager to advocate on your behalf.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower individuals at the lower tiers to help influence the direction of the company. Keep technical and product decisions and the lower levels and provide only guidance and goals at the higher levels.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Over-the-hill tech company

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

    I worked at RealNetworks

    Pros

    Good opportunities to learn new skills and technology if you're motivated.

    Cons

    Very resource constrained. No company strategy, poor product & project management, poor advancement opportunities. Senior leadership is opaque and unhelpful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Calling yourself a "startup" doesn't make it so.

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

    First two and half years are good, but after some key developers left, it sucks

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

    I have been working at RealNetworks full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good place for retiring if you want

    Cons

    Develop Management sucks recently, there is no software lifecycle any more

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Lead Software Eng

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lead Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Lead Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Learned lots, always had smart people to learn from

    Cons

    had 12 bosses in less than 7 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    find a new product

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    GM

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at RealNetworks

    Pros

    The benefits were great, and income compared to other employers

    Cons

    Upper Management, job stability, job stability, constantly changing ideas on where they wanted to the company to go..

  9.  

    Work was cool, leadership was lacking

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

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

    Pros

    Technically interesting work, good work-life balance, stress periods were only ever a few weeks in a row, usually with a known end goal and date.

    Cons

    The company is not doing very well and frequently changes direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to stick to goals that make the most sense financially and that are achievable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Sinking ship...

    • 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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good people. Casual/laid back environment. Tries to still have the feel of a start-up. Pretty good benefits.

    Cons

    The Company is going no where. I had zero faith in upper management to get the company back on track.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire upper management and find people who won't run the company into the ground.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    good people, management slow to react, opportunities squandered

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

    I worked at RealNetworks full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    There are a lot of great people here and from what I saw the engineering teams were passionate and worked hard.

    Cons

    Too many ineffective managers, too much time wasted on products whose time has passed, not enough support to build the best products.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep reinventing yourselves. Don't reward failure. Make sure teams have the resources they need to do the best job possible.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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