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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
  • 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. "A dying company"

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    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. "Great while it lasted..."

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    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.

  3. "senior development engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    the work env is fine.
    no haze, fruit supplement daily
    no high pressure on working task.
    friendly, and freely expression

    Cons

    salary no high, even reach avager level
    no incentives


  4. "always interesting"

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    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.


  5. "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


  6. "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


  7. "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.

  8. "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


  9. "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.


  10. "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.


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