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"Perpetual Layoff Cycles"

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

free on site gym, 25 cent arancianta, bowling alley, intelligent and interesting coworkers, in my case-amazing supervisors : real leadership, real genuine, and real humanity.
paid ORCA card, affordable in house cafeteria, convenient downtown location

Cons

All the amazing, intelligent, people who you will learn from and become part of your family will get laid off. Then you will get laid off. Every year I worked there, I witnessed a Christmas layoff and eventually fell victim to the same fate in the Spring. Management seems to miss the mark all the way around and don't understand the value in personnel.

Other Employee Reviews for RealNetworks

  1. "File in the "Where are they now?" category?"

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    Former Employee - Director of Marketing in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Director of Marketing in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Real used to be a solid company in the dot-com era. They were smart; they built a lot of good technology, media players and founded Rhapsody as well (still their best product IMHO). There were smart people who worked there and they treated their employees well.
    They still have a good work/life balance and some decent benefits. Plus the location in downtown Seattle is great.

    Cons

    The political infighting was really hard to deal with - there were many power struggles that caused people to stop focusing on what was important - getting the job done. Also the senior management changed 2x while i was there in two years and it was very hard to maintain a solid direction. The management would not listen to the plans that their senior managers and directors would propose and often changed direction very quickly. Morale is also very low.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. You hired them for a reason right? Then let them Do Their Jobs. Get some senior management that cares and give them some rope to make real decisions and improve the company.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.

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