RealNetworks Reviews

Updated September 2, 2014
Updated September 2, 2014
192 Reviews
2.9
192 Reviews
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RealNetworks Founder, Chairman & Interim CEO Rob Glaser
Rob Glaser
35 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.  

    Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Coordinator  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    Everything about this company rocks!

    Cons

    Nothing about this company doesn't rock!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great people, great culture.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Media Designer  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Media Designer in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    Open culture, 360° feedback environment, work-life balance

    Cons

    HR is not very supportive

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Amazing company! Highly recommend.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at RealNetworks full-time

    Pros

    Great company run by great people. Takes a lot more flak then most companies that deliver similar services, as far as my experience is concerned.

    Cons

    Almost too forgiving of customer blame-shift, which results in team members sometimes taking more stress then usual, but mostly well established communication systems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep listening to your employees. Great ideas often come in small costs with massive gains.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Excellent

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I worked at RealNetworks

    Pros

    Cool place to work. Benefits.

    Cons

    Not sure of its future.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    a great company caught in its own shadow.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at RealNetworks

    Pros

    Overall, Real is very good about how they treat their employees and the fantastic attitudes of those that work there are proof.

    Cons

    Real has been saddled with a less than positive reputation in the industry and amongst consumers. It is very hard for people to see past our past despite the many great accomplishments and products we have made.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep sharing with your employees. There is talk about the feelings of being a family, well that means we share in the ups and the downs.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    I could not wait to get to work everyday.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at RealNetworks

    Pros

    The people are smart -- like all the high tech firms --- but, they're kind and generous too. My office is routinely full of people stopping by to say hello. How was your weekend? Can I ask your advise on this or that? It's a wonderful place to work. I love it.

    Cons

    The pace is slower that usual for high-tech. it takes a long time to get things done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resolve the upper management problems i.e. Rob's continued influence and focus on products and services.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Real Challenging, Real Interesting

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Exec  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Exec in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at RealNetworks

    Pros

    Real is an exciting and dynamic market.
    Real creates Interesting Technology and has a very innovative culture.
    Lots of smart people at the company.
    Financially very strong, which means that even if the economy really hits a wall the company will be a safe port in a storm

    Cons

    Because Real is in a very dynamic industry means that things change a lot, so one needs to like/thrive when there's a lot of change. Lots of big competitors means that Real has to be very nimble, which also creates a lot of fluidity. Music industry in particular can be a challenging partner because it is such a dysfunctional industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate more, especially in times of change.

    Recommends
    Approves 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    good people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11.  

    Great work and peer enviroment.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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