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RealNetworks Reviews

Updated April 22, 2017
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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. "HMS Titanic - Rudderless and Slowly Sinking"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    * There are some amazingly great people who really care about the product and user experience.
    * The Seattle HQ is an impressive building
    * The cafe has some free drinks and snacks
    * Great if you want to work on some good technologies to bump up your resume.
    * HR team and benefits are quite good.

    Cons

    * The really great people who care about the product and user experience are not listened to by mgmt. If they did not come up with the idea, it does not exist
    * The impressive HQ building is mostly empty and empty spaces are the norm.
    * Insane work hours chasing ever changing "shiny objects" or pet ideas of management. Getting an email at 10PM for a "just added" 7AM meeting is not uncommon.
    * Many of the vacated positions are either not backfilled or are shipped to overseas countries where the senior management came from.
    * Burning through money with overseas boondoggles.

    Advice to Management

    * Either start listening to and valuing the opinions of the remaining employees who care or continue the exit plan for the company.
    * Just because you or your boss did not think of the idea does not make it a bad one.
    * Quit thrashing the employees with scope and schedule changes.


  2. "Sr Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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 3 years)

    Pros

    Many good, dedicated, smart people, great location and cafe at the time - they have moved since I worked there - lots of flexibility and autonomy.

    Cons

    Too many burned out cycles chasing new things that never come to fruition. Fear management, keep your head down.

    Advice to Management

    Organize, be deliberate, know whats going on downstream.


  3. "Sad place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Internet Marketing Manager in South Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Internet Marketing Manager in South Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great mid level and lower executive management teams while I was there. Smart people who want to achieve results but all kowtow to the CEO's whims

    Cons

    No one wants to work for or with the CEO. He seems to hear only what he wants to hear and his pulse on the industry is, imo, significantly off. The strategy is outdated and out of touch with reality. So much good money was thrown after bad that it's comical and should be an embarrassment.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the assets and give the shareholders their final return. As long as Rob G is running the show there is little hope.


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  5. "Challenged and in-flux"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Support in New York, NY
    Former Employee - IT Support in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at RealNetworks full-time

    Pros

    Smart changes to architecture, wholehearted adoption of cloud technologies, interesting and forward-looking international cloud footprint.

    Cons

    legacy focus on selling selling music through wireless carriers and online gaming means an internal culture conflict with changing network design. Company leadership had reached a realization that corporate direction wasn't right and began repeated downsizing and building a new data-center. Network people were top-notch but their management regularly playing defense in turf battles.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on updating online game systems and advertise them
    Monetize global cloud for ecommerce


  6. "Just bumping along, on life support"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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 full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people. Free snacks. Some cool technology. I worked in the games group (GameHouse) and it was just years of bad decisions, cruddy leadership and always-too-late ideas. Lots of good people were let go, but more than that the people left behind had very little hope of success.

    Cons

    Executive management is a mess. Lost their innovate edge years ago, just trying to stay alive. Not sure why the people in charge were in charge, except as cases of nepotism and tenure.

    Advice to Management

    You are burning through your reserves, now is the time to take a real chance, not a follow-and-hope-to-find-success model.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Part of a startup like team - was great before the founder came back"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at RealNetworks full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Small team with a startup focus, great culture and values. Awesome team.

    Cons

    Our team was trying to spin out like Rhapsody did, but Rob came back as CEO and didn't see the value in our business.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Company leadership lacks focus, drive, and innovation"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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 full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The benefits were very competitive. I worked with wonderful, smart people who were committed to the team's goals and objectives. The corporate culture was fun and playful when I first started several years ago.

    Cons

    The executive team was and still is slow to react to industry changes and competition. The CEO plays favorites and does not have a focused long term vision. Agree with the person who wrote "perpetual layoffs". There were layoffs within 3 months of my start date and they continued for years, at least once a year.

    Advice to Management

    Make a commitment to a long term goal and back it up with the support/resources needed.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "not a great company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at RealNetworks full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    good Work/Life Balance, team people is nice, good work environment, exposure to new tech, chance to attend seminar/conference

    Cons

    Bad leadership, no vision, operation/structure not flexible

    Advice to Management

    Have good product


  10. "Growing down, keep laying off"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Engineer friendly environment upon department policy
    Small group so closely work each other

    Cons

    No promotion, almost.
    No training at all.
    Many night(time-off) work with no cost


  11. "Every day is a firefight due to lack of proper change control and user access control"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager In Production in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager In Production in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at RealNetworks full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place to hone skills

    Cons

    Way too many people have administrative priv's to production infrastructure.

    Advice to Management

    Absolutely no change to production should take place unless approved by CAB. Quit making your staff supporting production single points of failure.



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