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RealNetworks Reviews

Updated May 15, 2017
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RealNetworks Founder, Chairman & CEO Rob Glaser
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Pros
  • good work/life balance for the size of the company (in 35 reviews)

  • Smart people who want to achieve results but all kowtow to the CEO's whims (in 20 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)

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

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  1. "Searching for direction"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    East coast people are dedicated to the customers and service

    Cons

    Some persons are retired in place


  2. "Bleeding edge ambitions, tough realities"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at RealNetworks full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Fast pace, Innovative thinking, Smart people, Civic mindedness

    Cons

    Smart doesn't always mean humane


  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"

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    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. "Good temporary gig, very vertical structure"

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    Former Contractor - Creative Team in Seattle, WA
    Former Contractor - Creative Team in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at RealNetworks as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Above average pay, good for boosting portfolio variety

    Cons

    Low morale, long term prospects are futile, senior management weighs on marketing initiatives at the last minute with no prior knowledge but lots of opinions.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your team a little more, give your middle managers the authority to actually make decisions


  7. "Good People sinking Company"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in South Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in South Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good People and decent salaries,

    Cons

    business directions are always wrong

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company to someone who really wants it to grow in different direction.


  8. "Iffy"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Socially responsible culture
    Opportunities for advancement
    Laid back atmosphere
    Great people

    Cons

    Morale is really really low
    Current product offerings are...about two years behind the times
    Lack of clear vision for the future keeps employees disengaged

    Advice to Management

    More communication to the peons would result in infinitely better morale -- and products


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    "Lots of talented folks with no outlet for their ideas"

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    Former Employee - Senior Submissions Coordinator in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Submissions Coordinator in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at RealNetworks full-time

    Pros

    Benefits were fantastic and you are surrounded by talented and driven people.

    Cons

    Upper management put the company on a narrow course and ignored ideas proposed by producers, PMs and designers. Too afraid to take risks and make something unique.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your people.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good but not Great"

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

    I worked at RealNetworks (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good work-life balance. Flexible schedule, New office, free drinks and snacks. Good possibility for promotions. Lots of PTO

    Cons

    Annual reviews are based on goals set earlier in the year, but they tend to end up tying in with what you actually accomplished regardless of what your initial goals were, therefore there is no accountability. Furthermore, the company pivots it's macro and micro strategy too often, so what you are hired for will change and you can end up doing something completely different a year down the road. Because of these strategic pivots, they abandon projects before they have the opportunity to become mature, which is frustrating because you pour your heart and soul into a project and if it's not a huge success out of the gate, it gets axed.

    Advice to Management

    In regards to new initiatives: Look beyond the vanity metrics and figure out why something isn't working and improve upon it rather than scrapping it. Hire leadership that embodies the businesses culture and core values.


  11. "Sales Engineer"

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

    I worked at RealNetworks (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great efforts to make all employees comfortable, with flexible benefits, parking, gym, and stress-less environment. Well known name in the industry with decent products and hardworking people.

    Cons

    Lacks modern process and practices. Sluggish in making improvements and addressing the market. Too many changes in management and entrenched lowered positions refusing to change and adapt.

    Advice to Management

    Truly recognize employees who go above and beyond the call of duty. Encourage those who are willing to stick their necks out an who put some skin on the game for the sake of the business.

    Introduce the concept of internal customer valuation and make sure the internal servicing nodes are measured and compensated based on the quality of service they provide to the departments and the level of satisfaction expressed by the internal customers.


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