RealNetworks Reviews

Updated March 25, 2015
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RealNetworks Founder, Chairman & CEO Rob Glaser
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Pros
  • They still have a good work/life balance and some decent benefits (in 21 reviews)

  • I worked with wonderful, smart people who were committed to the team's goals and objectives (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • Much of upper management are stuck in their old way of doing things (in 12 reviews)

  • 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)

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  1. 3 years working here

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at RealNetworks

    Pros

    People and well defined processes

    Cons

    Still works like a startup in terms of technology

  2. I have much chance to grow up with the company together.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at RealNetworks full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Professional in multi-media area, good culture.

    Cons

    Need to catch up with the new trend of internet.

  3. Sad place to work

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    Former Employee - Internet Marketing Manager in South Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Internet Marketing Manager in South Seattle, WA

    I worked at RealNetworks full-time (more than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great mid level and lower executive management teams while I was there. Smart people who want to achieve results but all kowtow to the CEO's whims

    Cons

    No one wants to work for or with the CEO. He seems to hear only what he wants to hear and his pulse on the industry is, imo, significantly off. The strategy is outdated and out of touch with reality. So much good money was thrown after bad that it's comical and should be an embarrassment.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the assets and give the shareholders their final return. As long as Rob G is running the show there is little hope.

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  5. Challenged and in-flux

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    Former Employee - IT Support in New York, NY
    Former Employee - IT Support in New York, NY

    I worked at RealNetworks full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Smart changes to architecture, wholehearted adoption of cloud technologies, interesting and forward-looking international cloud footprint.

    Cons

    legacy focus on selling selling music through wireless carriers and online gaming means an internal culture conflict with changing network design. Company leadership had reached a realization that corporate direction wasn't right and began repeated downsizing and building a new data-center. Network people were top-notch but their management regularly playing defense in turf battles.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on updating online game systems and advertise them
    Monetize global cloud for ecommerce

  6. Chaos

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at RealNetworks

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    No describable pros. There is nothing positive to say about this company.

    Cons

    Chaotic environment. Top management is inept.

    Advice to Management

    The Board should toss Glaser out on his butt.

  7. Challenging place

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    Current Employee - Senior Director
    Current Employee - Senior Director

    I have been working at RealNetworks full-time (more than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Very good vacation policy, relatively flexible working hours

    Cons

    Very narrow and biased business mindset. No strategic plan to turnaround but continuous cost saving from laying people offs.

  8. Just bumping along, on life support

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

    I worked at RealNetworks full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people. Free snacks. Some cool technology. I worked in the games group (GameHouse) and it was just years of bad decisions, cruddy leadership and always-too-late ideas. Lots of good people were let go, but more than that the people left behind had very little hope of success.

    Cons

    Executive management is a mess. Lost their innovate edge years ago, just trying to stay alive. Not sure why the people in charge were in charge, except as cases of nepotism and tenure.

    Advice to Management

    You are burning through your reserves, now is the time to take a real chance, not a follow-and-hope-to-find-success model.

  9. Helpful (4)

    Part of a startup like team - was great before the founder came back

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

    I worked at RealNetworks full-time (more than 3 years)

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Small team with a startup focus, great culture and values. Awesome team.

    Cons

    Our team was trying to spin out like Rhapsody did, but Rob came back as CEO and didn't see the value in our business.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Good products but poor foresight and upper management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at RealNetworks

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits.
    Nice new office.
    Ability to work with all sorts of current tech.

    Cons

    Upper management seems to focus on profit for now instead of investing in the future.
    Way too many layoffs that have been happening at least once a year.
    Reducing teams to be too lean and therefore cuts down on productivity.
    Marketing doesn't seem to be in tune with current trends.

    Advice to Management

    Get a different CEO.
    Plan more for the future.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Stuck in the past

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at RealNetworks full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great coworkers, opportunities to learn
    Nice view from the new office

    Cons

    Management is beyond bad. Favoritism rampant and unwillingness to embrace ideas other than their own

    Advice to Management

    If you want the company to survive then step down and let those who understand today's business world take the helm

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