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"Lots and lots of missed chances."

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Former Employee - Software Test Engineer in Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Software Test Engineer in Seattle, WA
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

+ Great location, subsidized parking, free bus pass
+ Friendly support staff (admins, building security)
+ Good cafeteria with long hours (8am-6pm)
+ Very good benefits with tuition reimbursement
+ Pleasant work environment with flexible hours for most part

Cons

- Absolutely horrible management at every level
- The onus is on short term revenue and not one manager has the sense to look at the bigger picture. In the name of short term revenue, one team blew the chance for Helix to be part of the Android stack. A director from the same team pretty much killed off the open source effort that Real had spent years building up. Quality suffers and customers don't come back.
- Pay is a joke
- Non-technical personnel at various positions including Program Managers, Directors, VP of Technology and heck, even the CEO is not technical enough.
- Layoffs every 3 months does wonders to your morale as an employee. The *biggest* problem I have with Real is how they have active hiring on the side (anywhere between 10-30 positions open) as they are still laying people off. This is borderline unethical. The jobs are being to China and India in the name of costs cutting but there are no hiring freezes ever. This is something Real's useless HR needs to learn from their neighbors at Redmond. Again this is a big FU to your employees who have been with you for 4-8 years.
- Dependent on advertising and people installing Yahoo/Google/WeatherChannel toolbar to generate revenue. No real products - downsize all you want but without any products, there's no future.

Advice to Management

I could give a lot of advice but nothing's going to change.

Other Employee Reviews for RealNetworks

  1. "What they call "fast paced" isn't fast at all..."

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    Former Employee - Intern in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Intern in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    + Work life balance was strongly encouraged
    + If you're used to working in a REALLY fast-paced environment, you can coast here
    + Great location
    + Grassroots influence is possible - just find colleagues that want to volunteer or make something happen at work, and you won't find much push-back
    + Attempts to have programs for high potential employees
    + Two bowling lanes in the HQ Seattle building available to employees

    Cons

    - Not very challenging
    - No sense of camaraderie and pride among coworkers
    - Feels like all the strong ones are jumping ship
    - Company's products for consumers are not pride-inducing

    Advice to Management

    No one spoke about working at Real with pride - there needs to be a sense of pride and excitement about working there. There were definitely smart people working at the company, but their full potential was untapped. Instead, they're getting bored and moving away!


  2. Helpful (1)

    "What was good is now simply sad"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Test Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Test Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    - The location is good
    - The cafeteria is half-decent and the ambiance is nice
    - Generous vacation + sick leave package
    - Decent insurance options
    - Some very smart people at the engineering level and some very good groups to work for

    Cons

    - Pay ranges from poor to mediocre at the non-manager or non-lead level.
    - Incredibly poor management (although a lot of the inept executives have been let go, there are still a bunch of "ambitious", suck-up incompetent people at the Director level; these guys haven't shipped anything successful in years but keep moving around teams and destroying their teams in the process).
    - Way too many managers and way little management. Company seems bent on promoting people to managers and directors without any direct reports. What are they managing or directing?
    - A non-trivial number of people admit they are at Real because they can't find a job anywhere else. This coupled with the constant layoffs does wonders for employee morale.
    - Human Resources has plenty of people in the group but for all intents and purposes, most of them are pretty useless. The company has no growth chart or defined levels of any kind. HR only comes into the picture when there are layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    - Stop being bad and recognize your engineering talent.
    - Stop ripping off your employees and stop giving fat bonuses to executives when your stock price is 2.50$
    - You are a public company and you have a responsibility to your investors - how do you guys even sleep at night?

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