RealNetworks Reviews

Updated June 21, 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. A great place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at RealNetworks full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    High emphasis on corporate philanthropy; good work/life balance (for a Seattle tech company); encouragement of employee contribution; company culture of innovation; great pay/benefits

    Cons

    Lack of clear direction for company as a whole


  2. Had a great time at this company. Would definitely do it again!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Zagreb (Croatia)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Zagreb (Croatia)

    I worked at RealNetworks full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    No full-stack here, which is great! Everyone has the opportunity to specialise (every development team does it's own thing). Also, if you are not happy with current technology, you can easily switch to another team.

    (RealNetworks is a multimedia company, they invented internet streaming back in the 90-ties)

    Cons

    Maybe not the greatest communication of tasks by management.

    Advice to Management

    Everything is great, except you should maybe more listen to your younger employees and be more confident in them (and not micromanaging them).


  3. Great place to work

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

    I have been working at RealNetworks full-time (More than a year)

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Everything about this company rocks!

    Cons

    Nothing about this company doesn't rock!

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


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  5. Great people, great culture.

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

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    HR is not very supportive


  6. Amazing company! Highly recommend.

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

    I have been working at RealNetworks full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  7. Excellent

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

    I worked at RealNetworks

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Cool place to work. Benefits.

    Cons

    Not sure of its future.


  8. Helpful (1)

    a great company caught in its own shadow.

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

    I have been working at RealNetworks

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  9. I could not wait to get to work everyday.

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

    I have been working at RealNetworks

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  10. Real Challenging, Real Interesting

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Exec in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Exec in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at RealNetworks

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Communicate more, especially in times of change.


  11. RealNetworks has a big company feel

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at RealNetworks

    Pros

    * good work/life balance for the size of the company

    Cons

    * unclear vision for the business



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