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Not ideal

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Former Employee - Software Test Engineer  in  Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Software Test Engineer in Seattle, WA

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

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    Management/Technology disconnect

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    Former Employee - Network Administration
    Former Employee - Network Administration

    Pros

    The company has a cloud system that is global in presence and well-designed, it is a great environment to learn the technology, partly because there are too many tasks and not enough technical people to carry them out, so asking to be part of something that is outside your specific task set is generally welcomed.

    Cons

    While the technology side of the company is able and agile, senior management struggles with finding an identity for the enterprise. The game portals have very loyal customers, but they don't seem to promote them anywhere online. The mp3 selling business (Rhapsody) was spun off last year. They have some interesting streaming business lines in SE Asia, but it's a small percentage of there business. One of the business lines is selling ringtones and ringback tones, with smartphones very few people need to buy ringtones anymore.
    Intra-departmental competition over who controls network operations and monitoring has frustrated the attempts of middle management to lower network costs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Follow Amazon and Google into the Cloud, you have the infrastructure to create new opportunities yet you have been trying to buy something, anything, that looks like it might be a 'hit'. To the board; Rob Glaser said he doesn't want to be CEO, you should listen to him. You've had two short term CEO's in the last three years. That should tell you something about the process you're using. Find a better search agency and have a review of your top-level relationships. There are some revolving door relationships which seem questionable in the Director/VP range in Seattle.

    No opinion of CEO
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    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

    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
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