RealNetworks
2.6 of 5 186 reviews
www.realnetworks.com Seattle, WA 500 to 999 Employees

RealNetworks Reviews

Updated Jun 30, 2014
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2.6 186 reviews

                             

26% Approve of the CEO

RealNetworks Founder, Chairman & Interim CEO Rob Glaser

Rob Glaser

(34 ratings)

24% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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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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    Every day is a firefight due to lack of proper change control and user access control

    Senior Manager In Production (Former Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsGreat place to hone skills

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great work and peer enviroment.

    Software Applications Test Engineer (Former Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsGreat learning opportunities and high diverse knowledge from everyone.

    ConsToo short of a contract.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Time for changes

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsOn 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Friendly and fun place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat mix of talented people. feels like the company has turned a corner in terms of corporate strategy and some good products coming out.

    ConsHistorically there has been a lack of consistent strategy and sometimes the focus on short term quarterly results has been too high to the detriment of strategic vision.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEmpower the talented staff

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good Company, Best Resource

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat folks to work with. No wonder why RealNetworks has produced more Entrepreneur than any other companies in Seattle.

    ConsToo late in product development.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't loose your greatest resource.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    good work life balance

    Senior Software Development Engineer (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry to keep the top performers happy and reduce attrition.

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    Lipstick on a Pig

    Program Manager (Former Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsCoworkers are mostly pleasant and truly willing to help on another
    The view is great view from the new building and it's somewhat modern - open and inviting for collaboration
    There are opportunities to learn new technologies as they're moving into the cloud/mobile environment

    ConsThe company had a new CEO with vision but Rob Glaser didn't approve as he seems to be wedded to RealPlayer for some reason. The company took 10 steps backwards when the old guard returned and they really don't get the new world of devices anywhere though they seem to think they do.

    The new office building, though nice inside, is in a terrible location for commuters

    The people who really cared about making good products and knowing how to do so have left, or are close to leaving.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement is clueless and deaf to advice so won't waste my time here

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Fun, yet somewhat unpredictable

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsRealNetworks 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 Senior ManagementEmpower 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Relaxed culture but stuck in old habits.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe company has been around since the dotcom boom and so has it's experiences in the industry. Lots of smart people around and they treat their employees well. Good office culture and flexible hours.

    ConsAlthough they have tried to turn the perception of RealPlayer around, there is still lots of work to do. Much of upper management are stuck in their old way of doing things. This company needs a refresh/rebrand to fix their tarnished image.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Over-the-hill tech company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementCalling yourself a "startup" doesn't make it so.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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