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Updated November 6, 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
  • Upper management is arrogant and ignores competition (in 15 reviews)

  • Re-orgs happen constantly, and the turn-over rate is surprisingly high (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Great while it lasted..."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Games Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Games Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Dedicated individuals
    Good work/life balance
    Real Networks Foundation and the Grant Review Team

    Cons

    Continually shifting business priorities
    Shrinking teams
    Limited accountability

    Advice to Management

    Focus and execute. Get rid of those that can't.


  2. "Paycheck"

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    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer
    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good benefits and fair pay, I remember. A nice, central breeding ground for many talented people to find other jobs I suppose.

    Cons

    Terrible decision making at the very top. And they were always playing catchup. Their products were always too little, too late, and what for?

    Advice to Management

    Various companies still seem to coexist in an unrelated environment. Do they still report to single management? Break them up and set them free!

  3. "Great co-workers"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Most employees are dedicated, smart, and nice to work with
    Great view and free snacks
    Good work/life balance (depending on team)
    Employees can make a difference by volunteering for the Foundation's grant review team

    Cons

    Continually shrinking
    Overly complicated business model

    Advice to Management

    Streamline and simplify the way the products work, and communicate more with employees


  4. "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


  5. "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


  6. "Top heavy"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible with work hours and location

    Cons

    Very top heavy with many assistants to support the executives, but little to no support for employees and the workload. The company vision has not worked so change the approach.

    Advice to Management

    You don't need that many executives (1 CEO, 2 presidents, CIO, CFO, VP Legal) plus assistants plus all the VPs. Who do you expect to do the work? Put more value in the work the team is doing and less in appearances.


  7. "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

  8. "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


  9. "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


  10. Helpful (1)

    "RealNetworks"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at RealNetworks full-time

    Pros

    Forward thinking ideas often ahead of consumer market needs.

    Cons

    Timing and execution. Revenue to support growth.


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