RealNetworks Reviews

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 2014
193 Reviews
2.9
193 Reviews
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RealNetworks Founder, Chairman & Interim CEO Rob Glaser
Rob Glaser
36 Ratings

Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 for 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.  

    not a great company

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I worked at RealNetworks full-time for 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
  3.  

    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 for 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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    good people

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at RealNetworks for 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
  6.  

    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.

  7.  

    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

  8.  

    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 for 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
  9.  

    Great work and peer enviroment.

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    Former Employee - Software Applications Test Engineer  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Applications Test Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I worked at RealNetworks as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Great learning opportunities and high diverse knowledge from everyone.

    Cons

    Too short of a contract.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Time for changes

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

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

    Pros

    The people are passionate, hardworking and believe the company will turn around. They are very resourceful and do good work with few resources they're given.

    Cons

    On average there's a 2% annual salary increase, morale is low and while the corporate strategy is planned, the tactical implementation is dependent upon the CEO's whims.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    good work life balance

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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 for more than a year

    Pros

    Long hours, weekend work is not needed in most teams.
    Work on lot of new technologies

    Cons

    Growth is very slow resulting in ambitious top performers leaving the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to keep the top performers happy and reduce attrition.

    Approves of CEO

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