RealNetworks Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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


  2. Lead Software Eng

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

    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 Management

    find a new product


  3. Helpful (1)

    GM

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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..


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  5. Work was cool, leadership was lacking

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  6. Helpful (1)

    Don't waste your time

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - QA Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - QA Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  7. Sinking ship...

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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 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 Management

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


  8. good people, management slow to react, opportunities squandered

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lead Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Lead Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  9. Everybody grab a bucket...

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at RealNetworks full-time (More than a 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 Management

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


  10. Started great, now a weight

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I have never worked with as wonderful of a group as this in my life. I have learned a lot over my career here. If you want to be mentally challenged this is a great place.

    Cons

    Perpetual layoffs. Failure to innovate. On a good day we are always about six months behind everyone. Goals set are out of scope for the man hours required. Far too much bureaucracy to be efficient.

    Advice to Management

    Manage expectations. Provide clear direction. Do not wait until the last minute to tell us news.


  11. Management/Technology disconnect

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Network Administration
    Former Employee - Network Administration
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at RealNetworks full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The company has a cloud system that is global in presence and well-designed, it is a great environment to learn the technology, partly because there are too many tasks and not enough technical people to carry them out, so asking to be part of something that is outside your specific task set is generally welcomed.

    Cons

    While the technology side of the company is able and agile, senior management struggles with finding an identity for the enterprise. The game portals have very loyal customers, but they don't seem to promote them anywhere online. The mp3 selling business (Rhapsody) was spun off last year. They have some interesting streaming business lines in SE Asia, but it's a small percentage of there business. One of the business lines is selling ringtones and ringback tones, with smartphones very few people need to buy ringtones anymore. Intra-departmental competition over who controls network operations and monitoring has frustrated the attempts of middle management to lower network costs.

    Advice to Management

    Follow Amazon and Google into the Cloud, you have the infrastructure to create new opportunities yet you have been trying to buy something, anything, that looks like it might be a 'hit'. To the board; Rob Glaser said he doesn't want to be CEO, you should listen to him. You've had two short term CEO's in the last three years. That should tell you something about the process you're using. Find a better search agency and have a review of your top-level relationships. There are some revolving door relationships which seem questionable in the Director/VP range in Seattle.



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