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Current Employee - Technical Lead in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Technical Lead in Seattle, WA

I have been working at RealNetworks

Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Real provides excellent medical benefits, educational reimbursement, and a pleasant work environment (at least in terms of the actual creature comforts of the Seattle offices).

Cons

Real Networks is getting progressively smaller as it sheds virtually all of its initiatives. Sadly the initiatives it has made in the past few years have been either ill-advised or poor cousins of already release products by other companies. It feels like a company trying to whittle itself down to sustainability, adopting a siege mentality. The ideas that actually get executed on often baffle me in terms of who would think its a good or profitable idea.

Advice to Management

Find a product to market to consumers. Find a way to distance yourselves from the horrible reputation Real had in the past due to its intrusive application issues. That doesn't mean just ignoring it and hoping that the reputation fades. It means actively finding a way to appeal to the technically inclined and convincing them that you make cool products and aren't simply a bunch of mercenaries.

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  1. I am glad that I am leaving

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

    I worked at RealNetworks

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good tools are available Some of the people are smart and can be relied upon. Plenty of opportunities for professional growth. Yoga classes onsite

    Cons

    Disfunctional middle managers Lack of long term vision in the company that results in constant changes in direction Poor communication culture - it is impossible to get a response to an email No consistent development process

    Advice to Management

    Decide which direction you want to move the company and keep the direction. Currently the company is jumping from one extreme to the other.


  2. Turn the ship around Real!

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

    I worked at RealNetworks

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    - good location - flexible - work hard and it's recognized

    Cons

    - management's eyes were off the ball. Contract employees were pillaging the place while they focused on stemming the flow.

    Advice to Management

    - focus in before you focus out, but do it fast


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