RealNetworks
2.6 of 5 186 reviews
www.realnetworks.com Seattle, WA 500 to 999 Employees

RealNetworks Reviews

Updated Jun 30, 2014
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2.6 186 reviews

                             

26% Approve of the CEO

RealNetworks Founder, Chairman & Interim CEO Rob Glaser

Rob Glaser

(34 ratings)

24% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "They still have a good work/life balance and some decent benefits"
    in 20 reviews
  • "There were smart people who worked there and they treated their employees well"
    in 15 reviews
Cons:
  • "Also the senior management changed 2x while i was there in two years and it was very hard to maintain a solid direction"
    in 11 reviews
  • "I had zero faith in upper management to get the company back on track"
    in 11 reviews
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    First two and half years are good, but after some key developers left, it sucks

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsGood place for retiring if you want

    ConsDevelop Management sucks recently, there is no software lifecycle any more

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Lead Software Development Engineer (Former Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsLearned lots, always had smart people to learn from

    Conshad 12 bosses in less than 7 years.

    Advice to Senior Managementfind a new product

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe benefits were great, and income compared to other employers

    ConsUpper Management, job stability, job stability, constantly changing ideas on where they wanted to the company to go..

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    Work was cool, leadership was lacking

    Senior Program Manager (Former Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsTechnically interesting work, good work-life balance, stress periods were only ever a few weeks in a row, usually with a known end goal and date.

    ConsThe company is not doing very well and frequently changes direction.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry to stick to goals that make the most sense financially and that are achievable.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Don't waste your time

    QA Manager (Former Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsA good place to learn and experimenting for newbies to tech. world

    ConsNo clear vision, high turn around

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop the "empire-building" strategy and really evaluate the performance of upper management folks who have been with the company for more than 5yr.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Sinking ship...

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsGood people. Casual/laid back environment. Tries to still have the feel of a start-up. Pretty good benefits.

    ConsThe Company is going no where. I had zero faith in upper management to get the company back on track.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFire upper management and find people who won't run the company into the ground.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    good people, management slow to react, opportunities squandered

    Lead Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsThere are a lot of great people here and from what I saw the engineering teams were passionate and worked hard.

    ConsToo many ineffective managers, too much time wasted on products whose time has passed, not enough support to build the best products.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep reinventing yourselves. Don't reward failure. Make sure teams have the resources they need to do the best job possible.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Everybody grab a bucket...

    Software Development Engineer (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    Pros-Great benefits (5 weeks of vacation, free drinks, subsidized transportation, subsidized lunch)
    -Decent location (Belltown)

    Cons-Too corporate-y for our own good.
    -Poor leadership. A bunch of bean counters that don't really seem to care about their employees, just want us to grab a bucket and help bail out the sinking ship that is RN.
    -Low morale: Everybody is just trying to survive...there is hardly any passion here.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHard pivot. You are no longer (relative) good at media. Find another niche because some other giants have far surpassed the RN of yesteryear.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Started great, now a weight

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsI have never worked with as wonderful of a group as this in my life. I have learned a lot over my career here. If you want to be mentally challenged this is a great place.

    ConsPerpetual layoffs.
    Failure to innovate. On a good day we are always about six months behind everyone.
    Goals set are out of scope for the man hours required.
    Far too much bureaucracy to be efficient.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManage expectations.
    Provide clear direction.
    Do not wait until the last minute to tell us news.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not ideal

    Software Test Engineer (Former Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsIt us an interesting industry space

    ConsI did not enjoy the culture of the company. People were friendly but still did not invest much time in creating group culture and chemistry. I think that if the team is united and creating work relationship it helps the execution level and collaboration.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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