RealNetworks Reviews in Seattle, WA

Updated September 24, 2014
Updated September 24, 2014
194 Reviews
2.9
194 Reviews
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RealNetworks Founder, Chairman & CEO Rob Glaser
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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
  • 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)

  • I had zero faith in upper management to get the company back on track (in 11 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Part of a startup like team - was great before the founder came back

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at RealNetworks full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Small team with a startup focus, great culture and values. Awesome team.

    Cons

    Our team was trying to spin out like Rhapsody did, but Rob came back as CEO and didn't see the value in our business.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    not a great company

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I worked at RealNetworks full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    good Work/Life Balance, team people is nice, good work environment, exposure to new tech, chance to attend seminar/conference

    Cons

    Bad leadership, no vision, operation/structure not flexible

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have good product

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company leadership lacks focus, drive, and innovation

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at RealNetworks full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The benefits were very competitive. I worked with wonderful, smart people who were committed to the team's goals and objectives. The corporate culture was fun and playful when I first started several years ago.

    Cons

    The executive team was and still is slow to react to industry changes and competition. The CEO plays favorites and does not have a focused long term vision. Agree with the person who wrote "perpetual layoffs". There were layoffs within 3 months of my start date and they continued for years, at least once a year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make a commitment to a long term goal and back it up with the support/resources needed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Growing down, keep laying off

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

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

    Pros

    Engineer friendly environment upon department policy
    Small group so closely work each other

    Cons

    No promotion, almost.
    No training at all.
    Many night(time-off) work with no cost

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Every day is a firefight due to lack of proper change control and user access control

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager In Production  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager In Production in Seattle, WA

    I worked at RealNetworks full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great place to hone skills

    Cons

    Way too many people have administrative priv's to production infrastructure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Absolutely no change to production should take place unless approved by CAB. Quit making your staff supporting production single points of failure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great work and peer enviroment.

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    Former Employee - Software Applications Test Engineer  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Applications Test Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I worked at RealNetworks as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Great learning opportunities and high diverse knowledge from everyone.

    Cons

    Too short of a contract.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Time for changes

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at RealNetworks full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The people are passionate, hardworking and believe the company will turn around. They are very resourceful and do good work with few resources they're given.

    Cons

    On average there's a 2% annual salary increase, morale is low and while the corporate strategy is planned, the tactical implementation is dependent upon the CEO's whims.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    good work life balance

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

    I have been working at RealNetworks full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Long hours, weekend work is not needed in most teams.
    Work on lot of new technologies

    Cons

    Growth is very slow resulting in ambitious top performers leaving the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to keep the top performers happy and reduce attrition.

    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Lipstick on a Pig

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

    I worked at RealNetworks full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Coworkers are mostly pleasant and truly willing to help on another
    The view is great view from the new building and it's somewhat modern - open and inviting for collaboration
    There are opportunities to learn new technologies as they're moving into the cloud/mobile environment

    Cons

    The company had a new CEO with vision but Rob Glaser didn't approve as he seems to be wedded to RealPlayer for some reason. The company took 10 steps backwards when the old guard returned and they really don't get the new world of devices anywhere though they seem to think they do.

    The new office building, though nice inside, is in a terrible location for commuters

    The people who really cared about making good products and knowing how to do so have left, or are close to leaving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is clueless and deaf to advice so won't waste my time here

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

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

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at RealNetworks full-time for 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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