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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Fun, yet somewhat unpredictable

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at RealNetworks full-time

ProsThe 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.

ConsRealNetworks 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 Senior ManagementEmpower 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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Over-the-hill tech company

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at RealNetworks

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

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

Advice to Senior ManagementCalling yourself a "startup" doesn't make it so.

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

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

Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Seattle, WA

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

ProsGood place for retiring if you want

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

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Seattle, WA

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

ProsLearned lots, always had smart people to learn from

Conshad 12 bosses in less than 7 years.

Advice to Senior Managementfind a new product

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

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I worked at RealNetworks

ProsThe benefits were great, and income compared to other employers

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

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Work was cool, leadership was lacking

Senior Program Manager (Former Employee)
Seattle, WA

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

ProsTechnically 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.

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

Advice to Senior ManagementTry to stick to goals that make the most sense financially and that are achievable.

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

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Sinking ship...

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Seattle, WA

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

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

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

Advice to Senior ManagementFire upper management and find people who won't run the company into the ground.

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

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good people, management slow to react, opportunities squandered

Lead Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Seattle, WA

I worked at RealNetworks full-time for more than 8 years

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

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

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

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

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Everybody grab a bucket...

Software Development Engineer (Current Employee)
Seattle, WA

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

Pros-Great benefits (5 weeks of vacation, free drinks, subsidized transportation, subsidized lunch)
-Decent location (Belltown)

Cons-Too corporate-y for our own good.
-Poor leadership. A bunch of bean counters that don't really seem to care about their employees, just want us to grab a bucket and help bail out the sinking ship that is RN.
-Low morale: Everybody is just trying to survive...there is hardly any passion here.

Advice to Senior ManagementHard pivot. You are no longer (relative) good at media. Find another niche because some other giants have far surpassed the RN of yesteryear.

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

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Started great, now a weight

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Seattle, WA

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

ProsI have never worked with as wonderful of a group as this in my life. I have learned a lot over my career here. If you want to be mentally challenged this is a great place.

ConsPerpetual layoffs.
Failure to innovate. On a good day we are always about six months behind everyone.
Goals set are out of scope for the man hours required.
Far too much bureaucracy to be efficient.

Advice to Senior ManagementManage expectations.
Provide clear direction.
Do not wait until the last minute to tell us news.

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

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