RealNetworks Reviews

Updated March 25, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Real doesn't get the connection between customer focus and innovation

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Great location on the waterfront and great restaurants.

    Cons

    Their management is all about skating to where the puck used to be not to where it's going to be. They seem to have an insecurity problem and want to be cool, but have no idea what cool looks like.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. Comfortable work atmosphere

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    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Lots of amenities, comfortable offices, decent salary.

    Cons

    No focus or dedication to completing good products anymore.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop dumping good people

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Great people, inept leaders

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    - Great people to work with, very smart
    - Interesting and technically challenging work
    - Opportunities for advancement (see cons)

    Cons

    - Senior leadership continually plays catch-up with competition
    - Strategic decisions made from the catch-up position are reactionary and desperate
    - Lots of churn from good people trying to make a better culture, then leaving for a company with healthier leadership (creating opportunity for advancement for those that are left)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. They "coulda been a contenda"

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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

    During their early years the place had some of the most wickedly smart people in Seattle tech and digital media. Their ideas were 10 years ahead of the industry. They still have several distinct businesses that with the right focus and ideas could individually be successful. RobG is a blessing and, well, not. He's incredibly smart, driven and competitive and had a lot of chutzpah to compete against well capitalized companies much larger than Real.

    Cons

    Tough location for bus commuters or eastsiders. Lots of senior management churn (voluntary and involuntary) hurts their ability to set a course and go after it to win. Their businesses have no connective tissue today. I'd love to see the math on value shareholders would receive vs current stock price if the company just spun off all the business units and distributed the cash.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Real needs a product breakthrough to become relevant again. Hard to see that happening at this point.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 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
  7. Generalists do better than specialists here

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    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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. A challenging environment with lots of opportunity.

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    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
  11. 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

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