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Perpetual Layoff Cycles

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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

free on site gym, 25 cent arancianta, bowling alley, intelligent and interesting coworkers, in my case-amazing supervisors : real leadership, real genuine, and real humanity.
paid ORCA card, affordable in house cafeteria, convenient downtown location

Cons

All the amazing, intelligent, people who you will learn from and become part of your family will get laid off. Then you will get laid off. Every year I worked there, I witnessed a Christmas layoff and eventually fell victim to the same fate in the Spring. Management seems to miss the mark all the way around and don't understand the value in personnel.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1.  

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

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    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
  2.  

    Great People too many lost jobs because lack of direction

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great people and great ideas

    Cons

    Ideas never used or just help on the back burner
    HR lacks professionalism and is behind in the times with compensation
    lack of morale and energy due to bad management
    Hiring friends to work for you that have no experience is so wrong
    no management training

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hire and keep the smart people who make an impact

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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