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RealNetworks Reviews

Updated June 13, 2017
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Pros
  • Good work/life balance (depending on team) (in 36 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. "software engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    nice environment, flexible, easy job

    Cons

    not clear spec, repeat design,

    Advice to Management

    better management


  2. "Go here to learn new stuff, but that's all [Gamehouse]"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Washington in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Washington in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Learned a lot of new technologies very quickly
    2. Great work-life balance, lots of PTO
    3. Good café and office, with gym, parking deck, lots of eating options close-by

    Cons

    1. Senior management seemed inept
    2. Lack of direction, no clear focus
    3. Serious lack of good product ideas
    4. The doers are there, but they're not given importance
    5. Employee morale is on the lower side, quite some negativity in the air

    Advice to Management

    Re-focus, find some great new products to build.

  3. "Issues"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    In Seattle, flexible schedule, no pigeon-holing - freedom to learn new things and solve problems

    Cons

    SoDo is a horrible in-city commute with all the construction; the bldg is awful; never should have hired Rob back; Sr. leaders (in Gamehouse) seem really vacant and detached from the people on their teams. No team-building. Culture has drifted into a really weird place - survivor's mentality, no diversity, org structure has teams and functions at odds.

    Advice to Management

    Sell it.


  4. "Vendor Operations Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at RealNetworks (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere for a productive work environment and my co-workers were the best of the best.

    Cons

    Business plan was not solid at the time and unfortunately the result was layoffs.


  5. "HMS Titanic - Rudderless and Slowly Sinking"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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.


  6. "Sr Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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.


  7. "Sad place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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.

  8. "Challenged and in-flux"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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


  9. "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.


  10. Helpful (4)

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

    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
    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.


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