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RealNetworks Reviews

Updated November 14, 2017
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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
  • 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)

  • Upper management is arrogant and ignores competition (in 15 reviews)

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  1. "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


  2. Helpful (1)

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

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    • 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.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Seems like things are winding down."

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    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.


  4. "Great people for a temporary position"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "HR Assistant"

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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
    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.


  6. "Senior SDET"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Not a place to have a career"

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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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good but not Great"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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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.


  9. "Contractor"

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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


  10. "SDET"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • 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


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