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RealNetworks Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
199 Reviews
2.7
199 Reviews
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RealNetworks Founder, Chairman & CEO Rob Glaser
Rob Glaser
40 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • They still have a good work/life balance and some decent benefits (in 21 reviews)

  • I worked with wonderful, smart people who were committed to the team's goals and objectives (in 16 reviews)


Cons
  • Much of upper management are stuck in their old way of doing things (in 12 reviews)

  • 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)

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  1.  

    Great atmosphere, although sometimes a lack of direction

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lackey
    Current Employee - Lackey

    I have been working at RealNetworks full-time (more than an 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
  2.  

    Great place to work

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    • 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 (more than an 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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • 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 (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
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  5.  

    Lead Software Eng

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    • 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 (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
  6. 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..

  7.  

    Work was cool, leadership was lacking

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    • 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 (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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't waste your time

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - QA Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - QA Manager in Seattle, WA

    I worked at RealNetworks full-time (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
  9.  

    Sinking ship...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at RealNetworks full-time (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
  10.  

    good people, management slow to react, opportunities squandered

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lead Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Lead Software Engineer in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of great people here and from what I saw the engineering teams were passionate and worked hard.

    Cons

    Too many ineffective managers, too much time wasted on products whose time has passed, not enough support to build the best products.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep reinventing yourselves. Don't reward failure. Make sure teams have the resources they need to do the best job possible.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Everybody grab a bucket...

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at RealNetworks full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    -Great benefits (5 weeks of vacation, free drinks, subsidized transportation, subsidized lunch)
    -Decent location (Belltown)

    Cons

    -Too corporate-y for our own good.
    -Poor leadership. A bunch of bean counters that don't really seem to care about their employees, just want us to grab a bucket and help bail out the sinking ship that is RN.
    -Low morale: Everybody is just trying to survive...there is hardly any passion here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hard pivot. You are no longer (relative) good at media. Find another niche because some other giants have far surpassed the RN of yesteryear.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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