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RealNetworks Reviews

Updated August 7, 2017
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Pros
  • Good work/life balance (depending on team) (in 36 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)

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

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  1. "Software Architect"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  2. "Playing too safe"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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!!!

  3. 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.


  4. Helpful (2)

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

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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.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Director"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Director in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people working on some interesting technologies. The benefits were above average and pay was in the ballpark with most of the larger players in the Seattle area high-tech arena.

    Cons

    Constant churn in personnel from the top down. Unceasingly flailing strategies (and I hesitate to use that term as nothing since 2006 looked like a real corporate strategy). If it's possible to have less than zero clarity from the executive suite, RN achieved this.

    Advice to Management

    At this point, I think it's beyond redemption. Continue selling the pieces and let folks get on with their lives.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "RealNetworks"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. "Good People sinking Company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. Helpful (1)

    "Cool people in a sinking ship"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Nice people. Cool environment.
    2. Work on new technologies.
    3. Nice HR.
    4. Opportunities to grow.
    5. Great work life balance.

    Cons

    1. Don't have a competitive product. Make innovative product and earn money.
    2. Less benefits and compensation.
    3. Lots of talented people here. Not tapping their talent.
    4. Won't recommend to fresh grads.
    5. Lots of layoff happens.

    Advice to Management

    Executives have made their efforts and what's the result? An noncompetitive product and quarterly loss every time. Lets make it a group effort and include developers input more. Think out of box. The company could have been a Netflix long time back.


  9. "Iffy"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  10. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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