RealNetworks Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
204 Reviews

3.0
204 Reviews
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RealNetworks Founder, Chairman & Interim CEO Rob Glaser
Rob Glaser
34 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.  

    Growing down, keep laying off

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 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
  2.  

    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

  3.  

    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.

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  5. 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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Company has consistently demonstrated inability to get ahead of key mobile trends

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President  in  Seoul (South Korea)
    Current Employee - Vice President in Seoul (South Korea)

    I have been working at RealNetworks full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    If you are a senior exec joining the company, decent parachute packages appear to be available upon exit, which takes place frequently

    Cons

    Turnover is heavy and frequent. There is not one business segment that one can claim is 'top of class' and promising. The company culture is positive, but this company would be at the bottom of recommended list if one can choose where to work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Every day is a firefight due to lack of proper change control and user access control

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8.  

    Great work and peer enviroment.

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    • 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
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Time for changes

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10.  

    Friendly and fun place to work

    • 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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Historically 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 ManagementAdvice

    Empower the talented staff

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good Company, Best Resource

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

    I worked at RealNetworks full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Too late in product development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't loose your greatest resource.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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