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Updated November 10, 2017
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RealNetworks Founder, Chairman & CEO Rob Glaser
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Pros
  • Good work/life balance (depending on team) (in 37 reviews)

  • Fast pace, Innovative thinking, Smart people, Civic mindedness (in 21 reviews)

Cons
  • 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)

  • Upper management is arrogant and ignores competition (in 15 reviews)

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  1. "A dying company"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Delta Dental and health insurance in general for regular visits.
    Balance Work/life.
    Freedom of organisation.
    Some really interesting project on paper

    Cons

    lack of career opportunities.
    Wage Increases are negligible.
    Permanent reorganization.
    Huge lack of leadership.
    Upper management is arrogant and ignores competition.
    Upper management is not really brave regarding difficult decision.
    Upper management is well Rob Glaser only it seems.

    Advice to Management

    At this point, not much. Too little too late.


  2. "always interesting"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Seattle, WA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at RealNetworks full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    There are some really smart people working there.

    Cons

    They are in desperate need of a win.

  3. "sr software engineer"

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

    I worked at RealNetworks full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    nice environment, life work balance

    Cons

    not doing well people leave


  4. "uncertain future"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at RealNetworks full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Overall, I loved working at Real. The vast majority people I worked with were talented, technically skilled, hard working and generally a pleasure to work with. I learned a great deal working here. I helped build great projects and great teams. The company, and it’s Founder/CEO, have a commitment to making a positive impact on the local community and on the world. The flex-time is great, as is the flexibility about working from home, and they match your charitable-giving. The building has very nice views and a convenient location. Being near the baseball and football/soccer stadiums, it can be exciting when there's a big game across the street, whether you're a serious fan or not. Light-rail and bus lines are a walkable distance away, and a transportation benefit pays for it (or parking).

    Cons

    Too many layoffs & reorgs. Each one seems like it's sure to be the "last" and that the "cuts can't go any deeper." The modern "open" office environment is dreadful. Game-day traffic/parking is really inconvenient.


  5. "DO not join if you'e looking for job security"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at RealNetworks full-time

    Pros

    good pay and easy work

    Cons

    This company is a sinking ship. Look for other options.


  6. "Unstable work environment"

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

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

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, PTO and good people to work with.

    Cons

    Company changes strategies every 6 months, which leads to frustration and layoffs.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Director"

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    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 full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay and benefits that got progressively worse with time

    Cons

    The leader of this company has frittered away their initially brilliant technology, squandered $600 million from the Microsoft settlement and run off some extremely talented senior people through his megalomaniac style and unwillingness to listen to any rational ideas about how to market some decent ideas after the RealPlayer lost it's steam. An incredible waste of what was the best technology to change the internet in the 1990s and early 2000s.

    Advice to Management

    Run.

  8. "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


  9. "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


  10. Helpful (2)

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

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    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.


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