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"Some lack of direction"

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
Doesn't Recommend
Approves of CEO

Pros

It's not the east side!

The chance to work on games is still pretty compelling. And while there aren't the upsides of a startup, you at least have corporate security.

Cons

The games group was going to be spun off almost two years ago and still has not. Independence isn't the same as a liquidity event, this should have happened. Meanwhile, it has chased Big Fish to the bottom in terms of pricing and quality.

Advice to Management

It would be nice to actually do what you say you're going to do. Hiring vice presidents without reports seems to impede this.

Getting rid of the conglomerate effect should be a plus.

Other Employee Reviews for RealNetworks

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Missed Chances"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    There are a great number of really competent people at Real. It's at a great location.

    Cons

    There needs to be a shake up in the management. Although a lot of the engineers are really talented and hardworking, there are some really really inept managers. These people suck at being technical, suck at managing people and do not realize their own ineptitude.

    Advice to Management

    Do not give bonuses to your executives before a deal goes through. Stop hiring incompetent managers and recognize your hardworking employers. Stop screwing up.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "We Coulda Been A Contender"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The location is pretty good. The canteen is only mediocre (as opposed to the downright awful you would rightfully expect). There is free soda. The office supplies cabinets are well stocked. The benefits package is reasonable.

    Cons

    The overall mood at the company HQ is stagnation to the point of being ridiculously anachronistic. From the old school telephone booths (visible from the lobby), through to the glass plaques dated 2004, to the company mural (last updated 2006) every corridor and office in the place reeks of neglect.

    Not much of significance happens here. Sure, software (eventually) gets written, deals (somehow) get done, the bins get cleaned, everyone shows up every day, the heating system works - but it's like Groundhog day. Nothing actually progresses.

    Meanwhile, the cash pile from the Microsoft settlement dwindles and the C-level management take home their big ass paychecks. That's the deal here. Don't rock the boat. Pick somewhere else to make a mark, kiddo.

    Advice to Management

    Renovate the office, renovate the product line up, renovate the management.

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