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A crusade not a career

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Program Manager  in  Seattle, WA (US)
Current Employee - Program Manager in Seattle, WA (US)

I have been working at RealNetworks

Pros

Plenty of opportunity to move up and a great environment to learn. Work is fast paced and constantly changing.

Cons

Work to the bone. The environments are so poorly thought out they might as well be held together with duck tape and bailing wire. Very little communication from management. It’s a lot like working on a film set. It’s really pretty from the outside but there’s nothing behind the building facades.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Communicate more with your teams. Focus more on forward facing improvements to existing products. Help encourage a better work life balance.

Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO

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    Turn the ship around Real!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA (US)

    I worked at RealNetworks

    Pros

    - good location
    - flexible
    - work hard and it's recognized

    Cons

    - management's eyes were off the ball. Contract employees were pillaging the place while they focused on stemming the flow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - focus in before you focus out, but do it fast

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Too Bad Real Comes Up Short

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at RealNetworks

    Pros

    Some smart people, good location, generous vacation policy, decent benefits, okay work/life balance, opportunites for learning and management training skills for those who want it.

    Cons

    Real has suffered from a lack of focus for years and an unwillingness to either shut down or adequately support marginal business units. They have been saying this will change this year, but the jury is still out. HR does not work for/with employees and pays no attention to effects of management changes on employee performance or retention.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more up front with employees about the challenges and opportunities ahead. Communicate the plan to ramp down the businesses that will not be a key part of the srategy going forward and how that will effect some employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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