RealNetworks Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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  1. RealNetworks has a big company feel

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

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

    Cons

    * unclear vision for the business


  2. Vendor Operations Manager

    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at RealNetworks (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere for a productive work environment and my co-workers were the best of the best.

    Cons

    Business plan was not solid at the time and unfortunately the result was layoffs.


  3. HMS Titanic - Rudderless and Slowly Sinking

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    * There are some amazingly great people who really care about the product and user experience. * The Seattle HQ is an impressive building * The cafe has some free drinks and snacks * Great if you want to work on some good technologies to bump up your resume. * HR team and benefits are quite good.

    Cons

    * The really great people who care about the product and user experience are not listened to by mgmt. If they did not come up with the idea, it does not exist * The impressive HQ building is mostly empty and empty spaces are the norm. * Insane work hours chasing ever changing "shiny objects" or pet ideas of management. Getting an email at 10PM for a "just added" 7AM meeting is not uncommon. * Many of the vacated positions are either not backfilled or are shipped to overseas countries where the senior management came from. * Burning through money with overseas boondoggles.

    Advice to Management

    * Either start listening to and valuing the opinions of the remaining employees who care or continue the exit plan for the company. * Just because you or your boss did not think of the idea does not make it a bad one. * Quit thrashing the employees with scope and schedule changes.


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  5. 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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at RealNetworks full-time

    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


  6. Sr Manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at RealNetworks (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Many good, dedicated, smart people, great location and cafe at the time - they have moved since I worked there - lots of flexibility and autonomy.

    Cons

    Too many burned out cycles chasing new things that never come to fruition. Fear management, keep your head down.

    Advice to Management

    Organize, be deliberate, know whats going on downstream.


  7. 3 years working here

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    People and well defined processes

    Cons

    Still works like a startup in terms of technology


  8. I have much chance to grow up with the company together.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at RealNetworks full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Professional in multi-media area, good culture.

    Cons

    Need to catch up with the new trend of internet.


  9. Sad place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Internet Marketing Manager in South Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Internet Marketing Manager in South Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at RealNetworks full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great mid level and lower executive management teams while I was there. Smart people who want to achieve results but all kowtow to the CEO's whims

    Cons

    No one wants to work for or with the CEO. He seems to hear only what he wants to hear and his pulse on the industry is, imo, significantly off. The strategy is outdated and out of touch with reality. So much good money was thrown after bad that it's comical and should be an embarrassment.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the assets and give the shareholders their final return. As long as Rob G is running the show there is little hope.


  10. Challenged and in-flux

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Support in New York, NY
    Former Employee - IT Support in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at RealNetworks full-time

    Pros

    Smart changes to architecture, wholehearted adoption of cloud technologies, interesting and forward-looking international cloud footprint.

    Cons

    legacy focus on selling selling music through wireless carriers and online gaming means an internal culture conflict with changing network design. Company leadership had reached a realization that corporate direction wasn't right and began repeated downsizing and building a new data-center. Network people were top-notch but their management regularly playing defense in turf battles.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on updating online game systems and advertise them Monetize global cloud for ecommerce


  11. Chaos

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    No describable pros. There is nothing positive to say about this company.

    Cons

    Chaotic environment. Top management is inept.

    Advice to Management

    The Board should toss Glaser out on his butt.



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