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Nice place to visit, but...

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  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in San Francisco, CA

I have been working at RealNetworks

Pros

Real is a great place to park yourself if you have a kid or are otherwise looking for a "pay the bills" job. Benefits are decent (if unremarkable) and the pay is fine (if unremarkable). Liberal policies around work-at-home and a generally laid-back culture combine with a "meh, whatever" attitude. It's easy.

They'll send you to classes and stuff. That's nice. A great place to start or end your career. Just don't stay too long.

Cons

This company is already dead, but it's so big and management is so out of touch that it will likely be another 4-5 years before anyone notices.

The products are junk, the marketing is bad. The internal culture is broken and the external reputation is not very good. Everyone seems either frustrated or jaded. Or both.

If you actually want to do something with your career, make good products, or be excited about your job, look elsewhere.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

If you really have all the answers, why is the business failing?
Why hire employees and ignore them?
Stop spending money on management consultants.
Manage at an appropriate level. Articulate your strategy, stop keeping everything secret.

Disapproves of CEO

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  1.  

    Like Public School

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

    I have been working at RealNetworks

    Pros

    Good location, ability to take on work and responsibility, options for learning, in many ways you get out of it what you put into it, name recognition allows for springboard to better jobs

    Cons

    Merit based incentives only at senior management level, personnel management is the exception to the rule, communist compensation practices reward dead weight and penalize top performers, work not evenly distributed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop managing the company like a family. Reward talented employees at all levels. Stock grants are basically meaningless at this point.

    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Don't Bother

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at RealNetworks

    Pros

    Halloween party, free Rhapsody account, casual environment, large enough to meet new people but not too large, ability to gain exposure to working in a global company.

    Cons

    Rob's opinion is the only opinion that matters, praise is given very sparingly, lack of opportunties for development unless you are higher up. Overall, the most dysfunctional company I've ever worked for. They tend to quickly patch problems rather than fix them. People of all levels tend to shoot first and ask questions later.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the time to work through issues rather than sweep them under the rug. Work on improving the culture of finger pointing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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