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Updated April 22, 2017
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RealNetworks Founder, Chairman & CEO Rob Glaser
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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. "Bleeding edge ambitions, tough realities"

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

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

    Pros

    Fast pace, Innovative thinking, Smart people, Civic mindedness

    Cons

    Smart doesn't always mean humane


  2. "Unstable work environment"

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

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

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, PTO and good people to work with.

    Cons

    Company changes strategies every 6 months, which leads to frustration and layoffs.


  3. "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at RealNetworks full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Free of development/tech selection. Good people to work with.

    Cons

    Revenue is declining, lack of man powers

    Advice to Management

    Need motivation/vision to Employee


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Hellhole"

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

    Pros

    - bike rack
    - view from the 6th floor

    Cons

    CXOs - There are companies with bad cxos, then with terrible cxos. And then there’s RealNetworks. Paint a rosy picture, carry out re-orgs to show progress, re-jig the team culture and keep fooling the employees. After 4 months it's back to square one with more quarterly losses, more budget cuts and more layoffs.

    The CTO is highly incompetent. Not seen one good technical initiative come out of him. Same with the President of the company. Fire these jokers guys right away.

    Social embarrassment - Each time you are asked in social circles "So, where do you work?", you better be prepared with a good line to answer follow-ups like "Really, is that company still around? What do they build now? Does anyone even use those products?".

    Career Growth - Not much once you get comfortable in your role. You will work on features that lag competitors by several years. Nothing impactful about the projects you will be working on. With experienced developers/architects having left there is not much to look forward in terms of learning and mentorship. Zero technical leadership. Lowest team morale ever seen.
    In technology group - Anyone who’s joined relatively recently (within last 2 years) were smart enough to quit quickly :)

    Compensation - Below market pay. Annual raises is peanuts. No bonuses. Nothing great about benefits either.

    Products - Not a single good and innovative product. A media player, a realtimes app that can’t survive the competition. A ringtone product in today’s world? Why God why?!!
    Optimized codes, that no one gives s*it...good luck!

    Marketing - Between the bad cxos and bad products, is the complete and utter disgrace that is the marketing department. Did nothing during early launches to seize the market and doing nothing even now. Please get rid of those clowns.

    HR - Height of passiveness. Zero initiatives. Monkeys in the hands of the CEO but maybe with a slightly longer leash than what the other VPs are on.

    Layoffs - Every 4-6 months. Started with individual offices at Elliot Ave. Now, downsized to 1 floors at the current space. Each time the ship is close to sinking management will offload some individuals.

    Advice to Management

    Good you understood you can NEVER ever catch up with services like google photos. Instagram and FB moments/live/360 which are almost free. Do the same for other products too.

    Stop giving anecdotes from glorious past at company meetings. All it conveys is how bad your decisions have been that got the company here in the first place - spiral path toward a total shutdown.

    Get rid of all the YES men who never challenge or ask questions to cxo/higher management even on their stupidest decisions.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Director"

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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 full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay and benefits that got progressively worse with time

    Cons

    The leader of this company has frittered away their initially brilliant technology, squandered $600 million from the Microsoft settlement and run off some extremely talented senior people through his megalomaniac style and unwillingness to listen to any rational ideas about how to market some decent ideas after the RealPlayer lost it's steam. An incredible waste of what was the best technology to change the internet in the 1990s and early 2000s.

    Advice to Management

    Run.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Matter of time, the end is near"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at RealNetworks full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, good pto, friendly team.

    Cons

    Company has no growth or revenue potential. Layoffs almost twice a year. Plenty of directors, VPs, managers, but no one to actually do the work. Spending and investing in product lines that are not competitive.


  8. "Good company in a turn around"

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    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


  9. "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


  10. "good place to work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  11. "Was on a great team"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    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



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