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Some lack of direction

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

I worked at RealNetworks

Pros

It's not the east side!

The chance to work on games is still pretty compelling. And while there aren't the upsides of a startup, you at least have corporate security.

Cons

The games group was going to be spun off almost two years ago and still has not. Independence isn't the same as a liquidity event, this should have happened. Meanwhile, it has chased Big Fish to the bottom in terms of pricing and quality.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

It would be nice to actually do what you say you're going to do. Hiring vice presidents without reports seems to impede this.

Getting rid of the conglomerate effect should be a plus.

Doesn't Recommend
Approves of CEO
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    Missed Chances

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at RealNetworks

    Pros

    There are a great number of really competent people at Real. It's at a great location.

    Cons

    There needs to be a shake up in the management. Although a lot of the engineers are really talented and hardworking, there are some really really inept managers. These people suck at being technical, suck at managing people and do not realize their own ineptitude.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not give bonuses to your executives before a deal goes through. Stop hiring incompetent managers and recognize your hardworking employers. Stop screwing up.

    Doesn't Recommend
  2. Sinking ship

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at RealNetworks

    Pros

    Great Seattle waterfront location. Cheap, edible food in the cafeteria. great coworkers. Lots of brilliant people.

    Cons

    Siloed. Each team has their own processes. very little collaboration between groups.
    Weak product ownership.
    Little encouragement/incentive to innovate. New initiatives start at the top and trickle down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let employees do their jobs. Reward creativity and innovation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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