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Updated February 13, 2017
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RealNetworks Founder, Chairman & CEO Rob Glaser
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  • Senior management is dismantling the company one piece at a time because the only control they seem to have is further job cuts (in 16 reviews)

  • Much of upper management are stuck in their old way of doing things (in 14 reviews)

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  1. "Good company in a turn around"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance, good people

    Cons

    Company stability can wear you down


  2. "Product Manager"

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The industries the company serves are interesting and dynamic. The CEO is open to new ideas.

    Cons

    A depressing environment because of repeated lay-offs and cut backs in spending


  3. "good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    nice talented people and culture, good work atmosphere,

    Cons

    sometimes a lack of focus on near-term objectives,

    Advice to Management

    trust your employees to take some lead


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  5. "Was on a great team"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Director in Renton, WA
    Former Employee - Director in Renton, WA

    I worked at RealNetworks (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    People, very skilled people across company

    Cons

    Leadership not in touch with market


  6. "Not bad place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Family oriented, nice people, good work environment

    Cons

    High turnover was stressful, no sense of job security


  7. "Good Company but Bad Times"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer

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

    Pros

    Great products, awesome team, great scope for research

    Cons

    Bad times/decisions and the management team politics led to some awesome products not launching.


  8. "Software Architect"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at RealNetworks full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    * Good Benefits
    * Good tech stack

    Cons

    * Lack of vision from management
    * Frequent Lay offs


  9. "Playing too safe"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work culture and flexibility, work - life balance and base pay (only if you negotiate in the offer)

    Cons

    Afraid to make change or be creative in dealing anything

    Advice to Management

    Be creative and bold!!!


  10. Helpful (2)

    "It's just a matter of time..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I liked the people that I worked with. They were very talented and worked hard at whatever the latest project happened to be.

    Cons

    The company lost its focus long ago and repeated attempts to regain it have all failed. It's just a matter of time before they burn through their cash reserves and fold up.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees; they have good ideas. Stop grabbing at what you think is the next bright thing. You haven't been right in a long time.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Don't bother, it's not worth it."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at RealNetworks (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Decent benefits, genuinely nice coworkers, nice office

    Cons

    Yearly major layoffs and frequent cost cuts seem to be the only way managers know to adjust financials. In return, operations have gone from slim to severely understaffed. On top of layoffs, countless employees who have worked here for a long time keep quitting left and right, and employee retention seems to be the last thing on management’s to do list.

    Despite continuous resignations, managers refuse to backfill, and keep adding work onto existing employees. Morale is very low, and everyone wishes to offload work onto each other. Meanwhile people’s titles and pay do not correspond to the major responsibilities added on top.

    Management fails to accept the fact that the company has gone from large to medium size. We are earning slim profits while trying to stick with processes and metrics of a large size company. The company is focusing on a paid product that most consumers expect to be free these days, company outlook is negative in general and often time that seems to be the elephant in the room among upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees well, if you are going to keep adding more work, at least give them the compensation and titles they deserve.



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