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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.  

    CEO revolving door, bogged down in process, people are expendable"

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    Former Employee - Operations in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Operations in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    -Great work life balance
    -Good benefits
    -Hires smart people

    Cons

    -The Chairman/"interim" CEO keeps coming and going, and sees people as a never-ending resource to lay off and then go hire a new crop
    -The company keeps trying to "re-invent" the same old RealPlayer instead of heading into new territory
    -The company can get overly-invested in outdated processes
    -Antiquated infrastructure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize the value of the people you have and quit having almost annual layoffs; find a CEO that doesn't keep installing his cronies; spend some of your money on upgrading your systems to be more efficient.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Generalists do better than specialists here

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

    I worked at RealNetworks full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Unrivaled chance to gain the experiences that will serve you well in your future endeavors. If you are up to the challenges, you can thrive. If you aren't, you will probably not last long.

    Cons

    Chaos and dysfunction reign (not always a bad thing). The wrong people get promoted and the good people leave or get laid off, but there are islands of opportunity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shut the upper management revolving door. Hire some executives that actually care more about the company than their personal enrichment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Exciting opportunity to create and deploy technology for gaming

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    Current Employee - General Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - General Manager in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at RealNetworks full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people and international teamwork with an environment of collaborative innovation

    Cons

    Progress is sometimes stifled by process

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep streamlining process to maximize creativity and productivity

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    A challenging environment with lots of opportunity.

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

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

    Pros

    There of tons of options here, whether you want to develop typical software, build and support services, IT, or games. Lots of options. The company does a reasonable amount of charitable giving.

    Cons

    The environment can be pretty caustic. Most of the great talent from the earlier days of the company is gone. The company goes through small-medium sized layoffs a couple times a year, and this has been going on for the past decade. It really doesn't seem to be able to pick its direction, and as such that direction changes every couple of years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Absolutely Pathetic

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Reston, VA

    I worked at RealNetworks full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Free soda
    Good case study for how to blow a few hundred million quickly
    I had a very comfortable chair
    We got to play lazer tag once

    Cons

    General lack of industry knowledge from directors on up
    Too many employees, too little projects
    Horrible salaries
    No direction on anything, ever!
    Super low moral (brutally low...)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recruit better employees, raise salaries, get rid of directors who should be working at a bank or the government...not a top level entertainment company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Morale is not so good

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at RealNetworks full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people, great overall management style -- no excessive micro management.

    Cons

    morale is low, constant threat of layoffs every year, budget is so tight there is such penny crunching that raises are bypassed for an entire year

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great people, hard workers, but lack of innovative thinking.

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    Current Employee - Director in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Director in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at RealNetworks full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people are great to work with. Many long timers. Company has lots of cash in the bank.

    Cons

    The company lacks innovation and forward thinking. It seems that RN is always one or two steps behind the competition when getting new products out the door. Groups are very "top heavy", meaning too much management, not enough worker bees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Become more agile.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    ok ok company

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    Current Employee - Lead Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Lead Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    good life work balance - because essentially there is nothing much going on anyway.

    Cons

    no directions things take ages to take a decision on...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    You can see them as either directionless or shockingly adaptive

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at RealNetworks full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    If you can create the right niche for yourself, you can get a lot done.

    Cons

    Top down management, employees not empowered, operationally weak

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bad mojo

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    Former Employee - Director in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Director in Seattle, WA

    I worked at RealNetworks full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good at promoting to higher levels of responsibility, and allows you to move laterally to new types of role (after proving yourself for a few years in the field they hired you for). Pays OK.

    Cons

    Glaser and his executive minions can be nasty bullies. Glaser will call your ideas "stupid" in front of your peers/bosses if he disagrees. Plus the company is living off the past with no clear strategy of where to take the company in the 21st century.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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