RealNetworks Reviews

Updated October 3, 2014
Updated October 3, 2014
196 Reviews
2.8
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RealNetworks Founder, Chairman & CEO Rob Glaser
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Review Highlights

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. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

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

    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.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good products but poor foresight and upper management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at RealNetworks

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Get a different CEO.
    Plan more for the future.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Stuck in the past

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    not a great company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    good Work/Life Balance, team people is nice, good work environment, exposure to new tech, chance to attend seminar/conference

    Cons

    Bad leadership, no vision, operation/structure not flexible

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have good product

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company leadership lacks focus, drive, and innovation

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

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

    Pros

    The benefits were very competitive. I worked with wonderful, smart people who were committed to the team's goals and objectives. The corporate culture was fun and playful when I first started several years ago.

    Cons

    The executive team was and still is slow to react to industry changes and competition. The CEO plays favorites and does not have a focused long term vision. Agree with the person who wrote "perpetual layoffs". There were layoffs within 3 months of my start date and they continued for years, at least once a year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make a commitment to a long term goal and back it up with the support/resources needed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Growing down, keep laying off

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at RealNetworks full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Engineer friendly environment upon department policy
    Small group so closely work each other

    Cons

    No promotion, almost.
    No training at all.
    Many night(time-off) work with no cost

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    good people

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at RealNetworks (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    i worked with a lot of great people and grew my career quickly.

    Cons

    business strategy was lacking often, more excited by interesting technology than how it would be received by the user.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Appreciated their commitment to leader development

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at RealNetworks full-time

    Pros

    Developing people was a strong investment

    Cons

    Leader direction/alignment was inconsistent. Go to market strategies were unclear.

  10.  

    Tough place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at RealNetworks

    Pros

    Challenging culture, people challenge you to think big

    Cons

    Leadership is terrible, lack of communication and revolving door at the top

  11.  

    Every day is a firefight due to lack of proper change control and user access control

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager In Production in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager In Production in Seattle, WA

    I worked at RealNetworks full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place to hone skills

    Cons

    Way too many people have administrative priv's to production infrastructure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Absolutely no change to production should take place unless approved by CAB. Quit making your staff supporting production single points of failure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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