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Stock is down from $6 to $3 recently... and hasn't been above $12 in the past 10 years. That say it all.

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

I have been working at RealNetworks

Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Most of the people at Real are nice people and many employees in the company are talented. So I would say co-workers are the best reason to work for Real. Real also has a good attitude about life/work balance and time off.

Cons

Real generally underpays by a lot. It is not a well managed company as a whole. Some business units are better managed than others though. The warm and fuzzy face of the corporate culture is deceiving, underneath it's a cutthroat political corporate culture especially at the management level and above. I prefer a REAL friendly place to work personally (pun intended), but I'd rather be in place that was openly cutthroat (like an investment bank or an oil company) so you at least always know where you stand and what to expect.

Advice to Management

You get what you pay for... pay salaries at scale if you want to attract and keep talent. Software products need to be scrapped and re-written from scratch by developers who are paid what they are worth. The one exception may be the Helix Media server product... but the marketing of that has been incompetent at best. As an example, Rhapsody 3.0 (pre acquisition/merger with Real) was a great product with fast performance and an elegant original look and feel needing only better mp3 player support. Rhapsody 4.0 (post merger with Real) has better mp3 player support ( still has a long ways to go though) but sucks in almost every other way. It now has the look of a bad ITunes wannabe (without many of the features and usability) and the CPU hogging heaviness of most of Real's other client side software products (RealPlayer comes immediately to mind).

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Real Bad Management Team

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    Current Employee - Development Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Development Manager in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at RealNetworks

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The job pays well at least. The engineers I work with are top notch. The benefits are alright, but nothing to write home about.

    Cons

    Management has no clue how to run a business. Everything is based on gut instincts instead of metrics. Middle management is a bunch of yes men. I've worked here for two years and have had four different managers and five different vice presidents. There's no clear product visions. Products are rushed to market without thinking about customer experience. The stock performance is terrible and a clear indication that the CEO is more focused on micromanaging his staff instead of driving stockholder equity.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the wasteful spending and top down management. Stand up to the CEO because more often than not, he's wrong.


  2. Great talent in the trenches is hamstrung by poor senior leadership.

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Seattle, WA

    I worked at RealNetworks

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are many great people in the trenches who are eminently capable of executing on strategy. The company has a history of developing or acquiring (in the case of Rhapsody and Gamehouse) interesting products and the company is in an interesting space. Perplexingly, the company offers great training programs for employee development, but does an extremely poor job of engaging employees in their new skillsets.

    Cons

    From RobG on down, the senior leadership clearly does not respect the line managers or individual contributors at the company. The executive leadership is incapable of formulating and sticking with a coherent business or product strategy. company always reacts predictably when times get tough, with everyone but the execs suffering from poor decisions. execs too focused on hitting homers and miss the value of consistent simple performance.

    Advice to Management

    get counseling.


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