RealNetworks Reviews

Updated August 6, 2015
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RealNetworks Founder, Chairman & CEO Rob Glaser
Rob Glaser
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Pros
  • feedback environment, work-life balance (in 21 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Upper management seems to focus on profit for now instead of investing in the future (in 12 reviews)

  • Most of the new investment decisions are based on short term gain instead of basing on the long term vision (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Good but not Great

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Marketing Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at RealNetworks (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good work-life balance. Flexible schedule, New office, free drinks and snacks. Good possibility for promotions. Lots of PTO

    Cons

    Annual reviews are based on goals set earlier in the year, but they tend to end up tying in with what you actually accomplished regardless of what your initial goals were, therefore there is no accountability. Furthermore, the company pivots it's macro and micro strategy too often, so what you are hired for will change and you can end up doing something completely different a year down the road. Because of these strategic pivots, they abandon projects before they have the opportunity to become mature, which is frustrating because you pour your heart and soul into a project and if it's not a huge success out of the gate, it gets axed.

    Advice to Management

    In regards to new initiatives: Look beyond the vanity metrics and figure out why something isn't working and improve upon it rather than scrapping it. Hire leadership that embodies the businesses culture and core values.


  2. Sales Engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at RealNetworks (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great efforts to make all employees comfortable, with flexible benefits, parking, gym, and stress-less environment. Well known name in the industry with decent products and hardworking people.

    Cons

    Lacks modern process and practices. Sluggish in making improvements and addressing the market. Too many changes in management and entrenched lowered positions refusing to change and adapt.

    Advice to Management

    Truly recognize employees who go above and beyond the call of duty. Encourage those who are willing to stick their necks out an who put some skin on the game for the sake of the business. Introduce the concept of internal customer valuation and make sure the internal servicing nodes are measured and compensated based on the quality of service they provide to the departments and the level of satisfaction expressed by the internal customers.


  3. software engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    nice environment, flexible, easy job

    Cons

    not clear spec, repeat design,

    Advice to Management

    better management


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  5. Challenged and in-flux

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Support in New York, NY
    Former Employee - IT Support in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at RealNetworks full-time

    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. Helpful (1)

    not a great company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    Have good product


  7. good work life balance

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at RealNetworks full-time (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 Management

    Try to keep the top performers happy and reduce attrition.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Fun, yet somewhat unpredictable

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at RealNetworks full-time

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    RealNetworks 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 Management

    Empower 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.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Over-the-hill tech company

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Calling yourself a "startup" doesn't make it so.


  10. Helpful (1)

    First two and half years are good, but after some key developers left, it sucks

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good place for retiring if you want

    Cons

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


  11. Lead Software Eng

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lead Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Lead Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Learned lots, always had smart people to learn from

    Cons

    had 12 bosses in less than 7 years.

    Advice to Management

    find a new product



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