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RealNetworks Reviews

Updated March 22, 2017
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  • 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. Helpful (2)

    "Seems like things are winding down."

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

    Pros

    Work life balance was good; Culture wasn't bad.

    Cons

    No vision for the company; No leadership. Poor communication from management at all levels. Very few career paths for upward mobility.

    Advice to Management

    Call it quits.


  2. "Great people for a temporary position"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Usability Tester in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Usability Tester in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at RealNetworks part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone was really nice and willing to take the time to explain what was going on and how things worked. I worked part-time as a usability tester for one of their applications and found that even at such a position I was able to learn a lot about the company. Hours were very flexible and we were given the chance to test the software in-house or at home on devices provided for us.

    Cons

    The only con I can come up with is having to come all the way to downtown Seattle as I live east of the 520 bridge.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing I can come up with at the moment. We were given all of the resources we needed to conduct our tests and were even given insight into their volunteer in-house test results.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "HR Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at RealNetworks full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great team of people to work with, small cohesive HR team, effective teamwork, good communication.

    Cons

    A lot of turn over in executive leadership at the time.


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  5. "Senior SDET"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at RealNetworks full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You'll learn valuable skills, they treat you fairly, work life balance is good depending on which team you are on

    Cons

    The pay is below market. They have one to two layoffs per year to restructure the organization. Morale sometimes takes a hit.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Not a place to have a career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Software Test Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Lead Software Test Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at RealNetworks full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Generous pto. Decent open office. Free snacks. Flexible work hours. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    Very few hardworking employees and they are leaving. Bad managers at all levels. Rampant cronyism and favoritism. The ceo and executives are terrible at direction and strategy. Real has the worst marketing group I've ever seen.

    Advice to Management

    Stop going around in circles. Fire Rob. Not your developers and engineers.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good but not Great"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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.


  8. "Contractor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice workmates and nice work environment

    Cons

    Always fear of layoffs and negative reviews


  9. "SDET"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Design Engineer In Test in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Design Engineer In Test in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at RealNetworks (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Smart people. Tons of free time and paid time off.

    Cons

    The medium level manager structure is too big. You have tons of managers that do not make smart decisions or any work at all. There is not a properly defined road map, product or strategy.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and create a new road map


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Executive Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice office. Co-workers in general were nice. Free snacks.

    Cons

    Absolutely no work/life balance if you work for CEO.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Great People at a Luke Warm Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Everyone working at RealNetworks below an executive level is great to work with. RealNetworks has a great history of hiring friendly and hard working people for many of its available jobs. The atmosphere recently switched to an open office style, and that has greatly helped to bring teams together and open communication. Despite constant re-orgs, the teams still continue to excel despite constantly changing product requests and direction.

    Cons

    Almost everyone at an executive level and up is incompetent and completely closed to advice or criticism. Everyone below is open and freely communicates and works together on projects, but all the executives and up still follow a strict waterfall methodology. They are not open to even creative or constructive criticism, and are often outright aggressive if you bring up a disagreement (even in a constructive and positive manner). The CEO and founder, Rob Glaser, runs the company like it's his own little playground. He no longer has any sense of the industry or what users want, but still makes decisions on huge components without and forethought or insight on the outcome. He, as well as the board of directors and product visionary, frequently make low level decisions against informed advice, then flip those decisions on a whim before even releasing the product. Much time and resources get wasted on ill advised features which end up getting removed before release anyways. The company has been on a downward slope for years now and continues to make poor decisions due to the CEO, board of directors, and a lack of true product/company focus. There have been regular layoffs for the last few years, without replacement hires, which leads to many people having to take on multiple roles. This leads to a stressed out environment and frequent low morale, plus a bleak outlook on the future of the company. It's never a good sign when people would rather be laid off so that they can at least get a severance package before the company closes it's doors.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to users, push back on the executives, push back with Rob and the board of directors. They are seemingly untrained and ineffectual in practically everything they do, they need someone to tell them no and stand by that. They need educated advice on what direction to take the product and the company because they clearly don't know themselves.



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