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RealNetworks Seattle Reviews

Updated February 13, 2017
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RealNetworks Founder, Chairman & CEO Rob Glaser
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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. "Good company in a turn around"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance, good people

    Cons

    Company stability can wear you down


  2. "Product Manager"

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The industries the company serves are interesting and dynamic. The CEO is open to new ideas.

    Cons

    A depressing environment because of repeated lay-offs and cut backs in spending


  3. "good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    nice talented people and culture, good work atmosphere,

    Cons

    sometimes a lack of focus on near-term objectives,

    Advice to Management

    trust your employees to take some lead


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  5. "Was on a great team"

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    Former Employee - Director in Renton, WA
    Former Employee - Director in Renton, WA

    I worked at RealNetworks (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    People, very skilled people across company

    Cons

    Leadership not in touch with market


  6. "Good temporary gig, very vertical structure"

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    Former Contractor - Creative Team in Seattle, WA
    Former Contractor - Creative Team in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at RealNetworks as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Above average pay, good for boosting portfolio variety

    Cons

    Low morale, long term prospects are futile, senior management weighs on marketing initiatives at the last minute with no prior knowledge but lots of opinions.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your team a little more, give your middle managers the authority to actually make decisions


  7. "Software Architect"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    * Good Benefits
    * Good tech stack

    Cons

    * Lack of vision from management
    * Frequent Lay offs


  8. "Playing too safe"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work culture and flexibility, work - life balance and base pay (only if you negotiate in the offer)

    Cons

    Afraid to make change or be creative in dealing anything

    Advice to Management

    Be creative and bold!!!


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Don't bother, it's not worth it."

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    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 5 years)

    Pros

    Decent benefits, genuinely nice coworkers, nice office

    Cons

    Yearly major layoffs and frequent cost cuts seem to be the only way managers know to adjust financials. In return, operations have gone from slim to severely understaffed. On top of layoffs, countless employees who have worked here for a long time keep quitting left and right, and employee retention seems to be the last thing on management’s to do list.

    Despite continuous resignations, managers refuse to backfill, and keep adding work onto existing employees. Morale is very low, and everyone wishes to offload work onto each other. Meanwhile people’s titles and pay do not correspond to the major responsibilities added on top.

    Management fails to accept the fact that the company has gone from large to medium size. We are earning slim profits while trying to stick with processes and metrics of a large size company. The company is focusing on a paid product that most consumers expect to be free these days, company outlook is negative in general and often time that seems to be the elephant in the room among upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees well, if you are going to keep adding more work, at least give them the compensation and titles they deserve.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Director"

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    Former Employee - Director in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Director in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people working on some interesting technologies. The benefits were above average and pay was in the ballpark with most of the larger players in the Seattle area high-tech arena.

    Cons

    Constant churn in personnel from the top down. Unceasingly flailing strategies (and I hesitate to use that term as nothing since 2006 looked like a real corporate strategy). If it's possible to have less than zero clarity from the executive suite, RN achieved this.

    Advice to Management

    At this point, I think it's beyond redemption. Continue selling the pieces and let folks get on with their lives.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Cool people in a sinking ship"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Nice people. Cool environment.
    2. Work on new technologies.
    3. Nice HR.
    4. Opportunities to grow.
    5. Great work life balance.

    Cons

    1. Don't have a competitive product. Make innovative product and earn money.
    2. Less benefits and compensation.
    3. Lots of talented people here. Not tapping their talent.
    4. Won't recommend to fresh grads.
    5. Lots of layoff happens.

    Advice to Management

    Executives have made their efforts and what's the result? An noncompetitive product and quarterly loss every time. Lets make it a group effort and include developers input more. Think out of box. The company could have been a Netflix long time back.



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