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No opportunities if you are not a buddy of upper management in the game team

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

I worked at RealNetworks

Pros

- Great location in downtown Seattle. Close to the public market.
- Work-life balance is generally good
- OK on benefit/salary

Cons

- People who are buddies of some upper management seem to get unjustified raises and promotions. I have seen very qualified employees who never get promotions and very little raises. As a result, these quality employees left the company and moved on.
- Too much office politics. You don't want to be on the wrong side of these managers and their buddies for whatever the reason or you're doomed. It was exhausting and not easy to focus on 'the real work' 100% of the time.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Hiring and promoting incompetent buddies results in unneccesary office politics, low morale, corruption, and bad products. Give rewards to the right people who deserve them.

Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO

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  1.  

    Same Ol' Real

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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

    *Work like balance generally good. You are allowed to work from home.
    *Benefits are better than many companies I have worked at

    Cons

    *Layoffs seemingly constant
    *Very little communication from upper level management
    *Unclear marketing and management goals

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you need to go to a skeleton crew, do all the layoffs at once rather then multiple times a year. It brings morale and productivity down. Allow your talented employees to innovate in their designs and marketing strategies as well as in product development.

    Doesn't Recommend
  2.  

    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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