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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. Helpful (1)

    "Company leadership lacks focus, drive, and innovation"

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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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "not a great company"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • 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

  3. "Growing down, keep laying off"

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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


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

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    • 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.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Time for changes"

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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 people are passionate, hardworking and believe the company will turn around. They are very resourceful and do good work with few resources they're given.

    Cons

    On average there's a 2% annual salary increase, morale is low and while the corporate strategy is planned, the tactical implementation is dependent upon the CEO's whims.


  6. "good work life balance"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Long hours, weekend work is not needed in most teams.
    Work on lot of new technologies

    Cons

    Growth is very slow resulting in ambitious top performers leaving the company.

    Advice to Management

    Try to keep the top performers happy and reduce attrition.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Lipstick on a Pig"

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

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

    Pros

    Coworkers are mostly pleasant and truly willing to help on another
    The view is great view from the new building and it's somewhat modern - open and inviting for collaboration
    There are opportunities to learn new technologies as they're moving into the cloud/mobile environment

    Cons

    The company had a new CEO with vision but Rob Glaser didn't approve as he seems to be wedded to RealPlayer for some reason. The company took 10 steps backwards when the old guard returned and they really don't get the new world of devices anywhere though they seem to think they do.

    The new office building, though nice inside, is in a terrible location for commuters

    The people who really cared about making good products and knowing how to do so have left, or are close to leaving.

    Advice to Management

    Management is clueless and deaf to advice so won't waste my time here

  8. "Great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Dallas, TX
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everything about this company rocks!

    Cons

    Nothing about this company doesn't rock!

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  9. Helpful (1)

    "First two and half years are good, but after some key developers left, it sucks"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good place for retiring if you want

    Cons

    Develop Management sucks recently, there is no software lifecycle any more


  10. "Lead Software Eng"

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

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

    Pros

    Learned lots, always had smart people to learn from

    Cons

    had 12 bosses in less than 7 years.

    Advice to Management

    find a new product


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