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Be warned...

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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
Disapproves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

There are some very talented, hardworking people at Real who believe that what they are doing will save the company. Holding onto these people is Real's only hope at success.

Cons

Overall Real is currently a sad place to work. There are quarterly layoffs, many of the current staff is actively looking for jobs and the demands on personal lives require a lot of sacrifice. Be warned...it is far from the happiest place on earth.

Advice to Management

Try to think further down the road than next quarters profits. Your most valuable resources are your employees and you've burned them over and over. There is very little trust that the company is heading in the right direction.

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Too much greed.

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    Former Employee - Game Programmer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Game Programmer in Seattle, WA

    I worked at RealNetworks

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The studio has some great talent left. Lots have been laid off recently. I hope GameHouse survives.

    Cons

    Real mgmt is really a behemoth and has no idea what's up with the industry. They are focused on selling off their studio with no regard to the fact that they used to make a great product. Now it's all profit and bottom line.

    Advice to Management

    You guys are great at laying off people. You treat them well, let them still access their email and stuff and treat them well with severence packages. Why can't you run your business like this?


  2. Helpful (2)

    no innovation

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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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