RealNetworks Reviews

Updated June 21, 2015
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RealNetworks Founder, Chairman & CEO Rob Glaser
Rob Glaser
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Pros
  • feedback environment, work-life balance (in 21 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Upper management seems to focus on profit for now instead of investing in the future (in 12 reviews)

  • Most of the new investment decisions are based on short term gain instead of basing on the long term vision (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Sales Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I worked at RealNetworks (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great efforts to make all employees comfortable, with flexible benefits, parking, gym, and stress-less environment. Well known name in the industry with decent products and hardworking people.

    Cons

    Lacks modern process and practices. Sluggish in making improvements and addressing the market. Too many changes in management and entrenched lowered positions refusing to change and adapt.

    Advice to Management

    Truly recognize employees who go above and beyond the call of duty. Encourage those who are willing to stick their necks out an who put some skin on the game for the sake of the business. Introduce the concept of internal customer valuation and make sure the internal servicing nodes are measured and compensated based on the quality of service they provide to the departments and the level of satisfaction expressed by the internal customers.


  2. software engineer

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    nice environment, flexible, easy job

    Cons

    not clear spec, repeat design,

    Advice to Management

    better management


  3. Go here to learn new stuff, but that's all [Gamehouse]

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    Former Employee - Washington in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Washington in Seattle, WA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    1. Learned a lot of new technologies very quickly 2. Great work-life balance, lots of PTO 3. Good café and office, with gym, parking deck, lots of eating options close-by

    Cons

    1. Senior management seemed inept 2. Lack of direction, no clear focus 3. Serious lack of good product ideas 4. The doers are there, but they're not given importance 5. Employee morale is on the lower side, quite some negativity in the air

    Advice to Management

    Re-focus, find some great new products to build.


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  5. Issues

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

    I have been working at RealNetworks full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    In Seattle, flexible schedule, no pigeon-holing - freedom to learn new things and solve problems

    Cons

    SoDo is a horrible in-city commute with all the construction; the bldg is awful; never should have hired Rob back; Sr. leaders (in Gamehouse) seem really vacant and detached from the people on their teams. No team-building. Culture has drifted into a really weird place - survivor's mentality, no diversity, org structure has teams and functions at odds.

    Advice to Management

    Sell it.


  6. HMS Titanic - Rudderless and Slowly Sinking

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    * There are some amazingly great people who really care about the product and user experience. * The Seattle HQ is an impressive building * The cafe has some free drinks and snacks * Great if you want to work on some good technologies to bump up your resume. * HR team and benefits are quite good.

    Cons

    * The really great people who care about the product and user experience are not listened to by mgmt. If they did not come up with the idea, it does not exist * The impressive HQ building is mostly empty and empty spaces are the norm. * Insane work hours chasing ever changing "shiny objects" or pet ideas of management. Getting an email at 10PM for a "just added" 7AM meeting is not uncommon. * Many of the vacated positions are either not backfilled or are shipped to overseas countries where the senior management came from. * Burning through money with overseas boondoggles.

    Advice to Management

    * Either start listening to and valuing the opinions of the remaining employees who care or continue the exit plan for the company. * Just because you or your boss did not think of the idea does not make it a bad one. * Quit thrashing the employees with scope and schedule changes.


  7. Sr Manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at RealNetworks (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Many good, dedicated, smart people, great location and cafe at the time - they have moved since I worked there - lots of flexibility and autonomy.

    Cons

    Too many burned out cycles chasing new things that never come to fruition. Fear management, keep your head down.

    Advice to Management

    Organize, be deliberate, know whats going on downstream.


  8. Just bumping along, on life support

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people. Free snacks. Some cool technology. I worked in the games group (GameHouse) and it was just years of bad decisions, cruddy leadership and always-too-late ideas. Lots of good people were let go, but more than that the people left behind had very little hope of success.

    Cons

    Executive management is a mess. Lost their innovate edge years ago, just trying to stay alive. Not sure why the people in charge were in charge, except as cases of nepotism and tenure.

    Advice to Management

    You are burning through your reserves, now is the time to take a real chance, not a follow-and-hope-to-find-success model.


  9. Helpful (4)

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

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

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

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Company leadership lacks focus, drive, and innovation

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  11. Helpful (1)

    not a great company

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    Have good product



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