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RealNetworks Seattle Reviews

Updated August 7, 2017
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RealNetworks Founder, Chairman & CEO Rob Glaser
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Pros
  • Good work/life balance (depending on team) (in 36 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)

  • Re-orgs happen constantly, and the turn-over rate is surprisingly high (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Great co-workers"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Most employees are dedicated, smart, and nice to work with
    Great view and free snacks
    Good work/life balance (depending on team)
    Employees can make a difference by volunteering for the Foundation's grant review team

    Cons

    Continually shrinking
    Overly complicated business model

    Advice to Management

    Streamline and simplify the way the products work, and communicate more with employees


  2. "always interesting"

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    Former Employee - Senior Director in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Seattle, WA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at RealNetworks full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    There are some really smart people working there.

    Cons

    They are in desperate need of a win.

  3. "sr software engineer"

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

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

    Pros

    nice environment, life work balance

    Cons

    not doing well people leave


  4. "uncertain future"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at RealNetworks full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Overall, I loved working at Real. The vast majority people I worked with were talented, technically skilled, hard working and generally a pleasure to work with. I learned a great deal working here. I helped build great projects and great teams. The company, and it’s Founder/CEO, have a commitment to making a positive impact on the local community and on the world. The flex-time is great, as is the flexibility about working from home, and they match your charitable-giving. The building has very nice views and a convenient location. Being near the baseball and football/soccer stadiums, it can be exciting when there's a big game across the street, whether you're a serious fan or not. Light-rail and bus lines are a walkable distance away, and a transportation benefit pays for it (or parking).

    Cons

    Too many layoffs & reorgs. Each one seems like it's sure to be the "last" and that the "cuts can't go any deeper." The modern "open" office environment is dreadful. Game-day traffic/parking is really inconvenient.


  5. "Bleeding edge ambitions, tough realities"

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    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


  6. "Unstable work environment"

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    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.


  7. "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

  8. Helpful (8)

    "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.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Director"

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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 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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Matter of time, the end is near"

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    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.


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