RealNetworks
2.6 of 5 180 reviews
www.realnetworks.com Seattle, WA 1000 to 5000 Employees

RealNetworks Reviews

Updated Apr 9, 2014
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2.6 180 reviews

                             

26% Approve of the CEO

RealNetworks Founder, Chairman & Interim CEO Rob Glaser

Rob Glaser

(31 ratings)

23% 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 17 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 10 reviews
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Fun, yet somewhat unpredictable

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at RealNetworks full-time

ProsThe people who work here are smart, fun and engaging. If you choose the right product team, work can be very fulfilling. The company culture is in the process of changing and becoming more transparent and technically relevant.

ConsRealNetworks has historically been involved in way too many businesses and lacks focus. There are lots of unpredictable changes that come from the upper tiers of management that seem like they are from left field. Compensation and benefits are good if you are on the right project and have a strong manager to advocate on your behalf.

Advice to Senior ManagementEmpower individuals at the lower tiers to help influence the direction of the company. Keep technical and product decisions and the lower levels and provide only guidance and goals at the higher levels.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Over-the-hill tech company

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at RealNetworks

ProsGood opportunities to learn new skills and technology if you're motivated.

ConsVery resource constrained. No company strategy, poor product & project management, poor advancement opportunities. Senior leadership is opaque and unhelpful.

Advice to Senior ManagementCalling yourself a "startup" doesn't make it so.

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

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Lipstick on a Pig

Program Manager (Former Employee)
Seattle, WA

I worked at RealNetworks full-time for more than 3 years

ProsCoworkers are mostly pleasant and truly willing to help on another
The view is great view from the new building and it's somewhat modern - open and inviting for collaboration
There are opportunities to learn new technologies as they're moving into the cloud/mobile environment

ConsThe company had a new CEO with vision but Rob Glaser didn't approve as he seems to be wedded to RealPlayer for some reason. The company took 10 steps backwards when the old guard returned and they really don't get the new world of devices anywhere though they seem to think they do.

The new office building, though nice inside, is in a terrible location for commuters

The people who really cared about making good products and knowing how to do so have left, or are close to leaving.

Advice to Senior ManagementManagement is clueless and deaf to advice so won't waste my time here

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to work

Marketing Coordinator (Current Employee)
Dallas, TX

I have been working at RealNetworks full-time for more than a year

ProsEverything about this company rocks!

ConsNothing about this company doesn't rock!

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work!

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Great atmosphere, although sometimes a lack of direction

Lackey (Current Employee)

I have been working at RealNetworks full-time for more than a year

ProsGreat group of people to work with, competitive pay, good ideas, constructive environment. Very flexible when it comes to time and availability.

ConsNo opportunity for advancement in most positions, seems to be lack of loyalty in order to obtain other objects, positions, people.

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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

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

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

I worked at RealNetworks full-time for more than 5 years

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)

I worked at RealNetworks

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

I worked at RealNetworks full-time for more than 3 years

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

I worked at RealNetworks full-time for more than 5 years

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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