RealNetworks Reviews

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

3.0
204 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
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)

More Highlights

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lipstick on a Pig

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Coworkers 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

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Management is clueless and deaf to advice so won't waste my time here

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Over-the-hill tech company

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

    I worked at RealNetworks

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great atmosphere, although sometimes a lack of direction

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

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

    Pros

    Great group of people to work with, competitive pay, good ideas, constructive environment. Very flexible when it comes to time and availability.

    Cons

    No opportunity for advancement in most positions, seems to be lack of loyalty in order to obtain other objects, positions, people.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  4. We want your feedback – Are these company reviews helpful to you?  Yes | No
  5.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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

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

    Pros

    Good place for retiring if you want

    Cons

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

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

    Lead Software Eng

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

    I worked at RealNetworks full-time for 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 ManagementAdvice

    find a new product

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    GM

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at RealNetworks

    Pros

    The benefits were great, and income compared to other employers

    Cons

    Upper Management, job stability, job stability, constantly changing ideas on where they wanted to the company to go..

  9.  

    Work was cool, leadership was lacking

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Technically interesting work, good work-life balance, stress periods were only ever a few weeks in a row, usually with a known end goal and date.

    Cons

    The company is not doing very well and frequently changes direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to stick to goals that make the most sense financially and that are achievable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't waste your time

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - QA Manager  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - QA Manager in Seattle, WA

    I worked at RealNetworks full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    A good place to learn and experimenting for newbies to tech. world

    Cons

    No clear vision, high turn around

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the "empire-building" strategy and really evaluate the performance of upper management folks who have been with the company for more than 5yr.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Sinking ship...

    • 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 5 years

    Pros

    Good people. Casual/laid back environment. Tries to still have the feel of a start-up. Pretty good benefits.

    Cons

    The Company is going no where. I had zero faith in upper management to get the company back on track.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire upper management and find people who won't run the company into the ground.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

Worked for RealNetworks? Contribute to the Community!

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.