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Lots and lots of missed chances.

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Software Test Engineer in Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Software Test Engineer in Seattle, WA

I worked at RealNetworks

Pros

+ Great location, subsidized parking, free bus pass
+ Friendly support staff (admins, building security)
+ Good cafeteria with long hours (8am-6pm)
+ Very good benefits with tuition reimbursement
+ Pleasant work environment with flexible hours for most part

Cons

- Absolutely horrible management at every level
- The onus is on short term revenue and not one manager has the sense to look at the bigger picture. In the name of short term revenue, one team blew the chance for Helix to be part of the Android stack. A director from the same team pretty much killed off the open source effort that Real had spent years building up. Quality suffers and customers don't come back.
- Pay is a joke
- Non-technical personnel at various positions including Program Managers, Directors, VP of Technology and heck, even the CEO is not technical enough.
- Layoffs every 3 months does wonders to your morale as an employee. The *biggest* problem I have with Real is how they have active hiring on the side (anywhere between 10-30 positions open) as they are still laying people off. This is borderline unethical. The jobs are being to China and India in the name of costs cutting but there are no hiring freezes ever. This is something Real's useless HR needs to learn from their neighbors at Redmond. Again this is a big FU to your employees who have been with you for 4-8 years.
- Dependent on advertising and people installing Yahoo/Google/WeatherChannel toolbar to generate revenue. No real products - downsize all you want but without any products, there's no future.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

I could give a lot of advice but nothing's going to change.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    What was good is now simply sad

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

    I have been working at RealNetworks

    Pros

    - The location is good
    - The cafeteria is half-decent and the ambiance is nice
    - Generous vacation + sick leave package
    - Decent insurance options
    - Some very smart people at the engineering level and some very good groups to work for

    Cons

    - Pay ranges from poor to mediocre at the non-manager or non-lead level.
    - Incredibly poor management (although a lot of the inept executives have been let go, there are still a bunch of "ambitious", suck-up incompetent people at the Director level; these guys haven't shipped anything successful in years but keep moving around teams and destroying their teams in the process).
    - Way too many managers and way little management. Company seems bent on promoting people to managers and directors without any direct reports. What are they managing or directing?
    - A non-trivial number of people admit they are at Real because they can't find a job anywhere else. This coupled with the constant layoffs does wonders for employee morale.
    - Human Resources has plenty of people in the group but for all intents and purposes, most of them are pretty useless. The company has no growth chart or defined levels of any kind. HR only comes into the picture when there are layoffs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Stop being bad and recognize your engineering talent.
    - Stop ripping off your employees and stop giving fat bonuses to executives when your stock price is 2.50$
    - You are a public company and you have a responsibility to your investors - how do you guys even sleep at night?

    Doesn't Recommend
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Be warned...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at RealNetworks

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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