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Rovi Reviews

Updated December 9, 2014
Updated December 9, 2014
212 Reviews
2.5
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Pros
  • Excellent work life balance initiatives makes me feel my hard work is being acknowledged (in 18 reviews)

  • Good benefits, flexible time off and industry standard pay (in 24 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is non-existant once you become a leader (in 11 reviews)

  • Upper management doesn't take into consideration what anyone actually contributes when laying off (in 13 reviews)

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  1. 11 people found this helpful  

    Very bad for software engineers, fires top engineers and some very good tech managers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rovi

    Pros

    Flexible time, some effort to use top technologies and make improvements to existing software.

    Cons

    This company is a mess disguised as a self reinvented 'software company'. Top management has very little understanding of software, chases engineers to give their best and then fires top performing engineers in mass after the job is done. There is no clear vision and direction, and top management doesn't know what values the individual contributors bring to its software business. If you are a software engineer stay clear of Rovi. There are tons of opportunities out there, to learn and grow and most importantly, to know that the company you are joining has a good vision for the future and will not throw you in the street at the first whim of a senior manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If software is very important for your company's future, fire top management that has no idea how to run a software business. Fire managers that do not code. Improve your hiring processes re software. Hire new top management that are hands on coders and know a thing or two about high quality software and know how to keep and engage their teams.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    No direction, fires great people on a whim

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Burbank, CA

    I have been working at Rovi full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Work from home, flexible vacation policy, stock benefits can add up, work-life balance is good

    Cons

    No culture what so ever, execs have limited knowledge of work being done to meet their goals, no product direction or leadership, entire teams can get laid off with no notice and little explanation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire a decent product focused exec and get clear on what you want to company to be. Firing talented engineers when products get killed is not good for anybody, it breeds bad blood inside and outside the company. A more effective strategy would be to re-assign good engineers to other products. Your employees are your greatest asset, stop squandering it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Textbook example of what NOT to do as a company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Creative
    Current Employee - Creative

    I have been working at Rovi full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It's a paycheck. Also, since Glassdoor says I must enter at least 5 words for Pros... this sentence exists.

    Cons

    This company should have it's own reality TV show. It would be the equivalent of following around the corporate version of the disastrous people from Jersey Shore. Companies everywhere would watch weekly as they learn what not to do as an organization. In my 15 year career of working for both large and small companies, this is by far the worst. The "leaders" are completely inept and unable to do the simplest of tasks. I've never worked with more people who should NOT have a job than I have here at Rovi. It's common to hear from those with a higher pay grade than me "Minimum Viable Product" when referring to what we should be producing for our customers. Really. Minimum Viable Product. To me when you have a "leader" talking about building a Minimum Viable Product, they themselves are nothing more than a Minimum Viable Employee. This company needs a complete reorg from the ground up. I can name maybe 10 people who should actually have a job here, and all 10 of them just lost their job. If you're looking to be absolutely miserable while enjoying a paycheck (underpaid across the board btw) then Rovi is the right company for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If I wanted to end things, I would climb up your ego and jump down to your IQ level.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. 14 people found this helpful  

    So bad it makes Malaysia Airlines look good.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Creative
    Current Employee - Creative

    I have been working at Rovi full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Well, as it turns out the one bright spot of the company has just been notified Rovi will be closing it's doors. Rovi latest and greatest brain-fart of an idea is to "build creative hubs" for it's office locations. The irony of that statement is that they're closing the GREATEST creative hub of an office to do so. I'm literally sitting here struggling to find anything positive to write about this place. An earlier review titled “A five star review, wow! (do you know how to read?)” is so well written and so spot on about the company can I list that as a Pro?

    Cons

    You are lied to from day one. There is no structure. No goals. No future. No hope. They've terminated say a hundred or two employees with this last round and have actually hired maybe 10-15 VPs SVPs... who are they going to manage? This would be the equivalent of the Chicago Bears, with a losing record of 4-6, firing all of their players and hiring 10 times as many coaches. And, in doing so would whole-heartedly believe that they've built a Super Bowl winning team. I've been trying my hardest rationalize this method but I just can't because you can't rationalize insanity. The "leaders" are socially-awkward at best. If I weren't such a nice guy I'd describe them as completely inept and clueless. Rovi will make money on the backs of it's employees who are doing all of the work, while those employees have a target on their back and a clock around their neck counting down the time until they'll be terminated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Are you even listening during the mandatory Management training courses we all have to take? I mean really... you're doing the exact opposite of what's being taught.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 16 people found this helpful  

    truly toxic. like seriously bad.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Burbank, CA

    I have been working at Rovi full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    .Health benefits, both pre- and post-layoff
    .Robust severance packages and layoff perks
    .Free assistance with packing/moving of personal items after being fired
    .Onsite grievance counselors and morale coaches for "Layoff Wednesdays"

    Cons

    .Offices like ghost towns. Rows of empty cubicles at some sites
    .Constant management churn at all levels
    .Reorgs every few months, accompanied by wild changes in strategy
    .No understanding of when products will ship, or who will use them
    .Ongoing, random, CONSTANT layoffs. Truly depressing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It becomes unbearable wondering when your number will be called. Hearing about friends and colleagues being axed on a weekly basis. Having to reschedule meetings because the meeting room has been commandeered by HR for severance discussions, or because the person who originally scheduled the meeting was suddenly laid off. Seeing former teammates being walked out by security, in tears, their personal belongings in a small box. The number of times you are in a meeting with someone, and a few hours later you see him/her in tears packing up to leave. It all seems so random, and such a cruel and unnecessary part of the corporate culture ! Advice to management: Please publish a schedule or timeline so teams know when they will be cut. Thank you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 14 people found this helpful  

    A truly depressing place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rovi full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility in hours and scheduling. Good health benefits and good work/life balance.. I had a great direct manager. There was lots of free food in an attempt, I suppose, to boost morale.

    Cons

    A truly depressing place to work with terrible employee morale. The salaries are outrageously low for the level of background and skills required. There has been no clear company strategy since the retirement of previous CEO. Corporate decisions seems capricious at best and inept and desperate at worst. No room for advancement or development of new skills. Middle managers seem to have little understanding of or interest in the work of the people they oversee.
    The management currently seem intent on moving every possible job overseas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Articulate a clear set of company objectives. Pay salaries that don't feel insulting and demeaning.
    The company's problems seem so pervasive that it's hard to imagine how it's going to be able to pull itself out of its decline.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Prepare to be outsources

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rovi full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Free food and option to work remotely.

    Cons

    Everything but free food and option to work remotely.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 20 people found this helpful  

    We are the walking dead.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rovi full-time

    Pros

    Benefits and good pay. Amazing people aside from the revolving door of incompetent sociopaths at the executive level. Let me clarify: they are incompetent as businesspeople. They are extremely competent at their core inability to possess any emotion associated with having a conscience or what a religious individual would refer to as a soul.

    Cons

    Rovi spends a lot of money and time addressing morale. This would be a good thing if they didn't pay for it on our backs. There are semi-annual firings, the most recent of which being particularly brutal in that they outsourced over 100 positions to the Philippines ("engaging global support from outside vendors in data content management", I believe, was how they put it).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a moral inventory.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 12 people found this helpful  

    The land of outsourcing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Schedule in Radnor, PA
    Current Employee - Schedule in Radnor, PA

    I have been working at Rovi full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are nice, vacation days are very good.

    Cons

    Systems don't work properly, there is a threatening feeling from some managers to their team's, no work stability and no opportunity to grow. Favoritism plays a huge role on promotions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your managers, they are very unprepared. Make employees feel empowered and give them the recognition they deserve.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 22 people found this helpful  

    Rovi: A Kafka-esque firm led by inept, feckless executive team that makes Terry Gilliam's "Brazil" look like sanity.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Rovi full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Perhaps the most positive take-away is the realization that the current corporate trajectory is unsustainable. The combination of reactive leadership, precarious market position, and negligible growth opportunities define the current state of Rovi. Recently buoyed by easy money (witness the constant re-financing of Corporate Debt) and layoffs, leadership whimsically employs any and all parlor tricks to slide through each 10-Q call. Yet, much like a spin-stall in a light aircraft, the pilots who chart Rovi's attitude are running out of time. Every ham-fisted jerk at the controls means less and less to building value and decreases airspeed. Recovery into true growth performance would be nothing shy of miraculous. The Firm continually edges nearer that frightening moment when Bernoulli's Principle applies no more, and the stick goes dead in the hand... Current measurable value is dubious and debatable - arbitragers will pick the bones of the wreckage and move on.

    But, you ask: "what about the Patent Portfolio"? It is still there and has brought identifiable (if unimpressive growth) return to the revenue stream. However, Rovi's recent failed patent defenses against Netflix, Amazon, and Virgin Media illustrate the disturbing age and vulnerability of the IP portfolio. Why is this discussed in the "Pros" Column?!? Because it represents the firm's only solvent go-forward strategy. The New Product Development story gets much worse…

    Cons

    Rovi has struggled to keep pace with peers and continues to lose ground to competition across the product suite in guide, search & recommendation, advertising, etc.

    The C-suite has been through at least four executive strategy teams and myriad Consultancies' recommendations over the past couple of years as they struggle to determine the path forward and how possibly to execute to achieve market and revenue growth. Kind of like that friend we all know who is on his 4th or 5th wife: "What terrible luck! Your 5th bad wife in a row! Good thing it's not you..."

    Despite these brief "marriages" and the council they bring, the executive leadership team resorts to a short-term, reactive approach to management demonstrated by the continually changing tactics, ever-increasing executive turnover and firings, and tepid stated growth targets. Concrete execution plans are replaced with threats of demotion and firings leading to a culture of fear and recrimination. VP/Director level mid-managers end up selling each other out in e-mails and open inter-department calls in an effort to displace blame for the inevitable missed deadline or execution gaffe. Cliques form up as the latest golden-haired SVP rolls in and builds a new crew of "trusted advisors" engendering mistrust amongst those who survive dismissal, but are tied to "last year's cool kids". This cycle has continued for years at Rovi as the rearranging of the deck chairs carries on...

    Caught in the looming realization that new product development goals will be nigh on impossible to deliver against given resource issues and recent firings/demotions within the development team, leadership loses the innovation battle against far more nimble and market-savvy competitors such as TiVo, Comcast, and NDS, among others. Rovi now struggles to keep up against the Industry's rapid application and innovation development pace and simultaneous diminishing value the industry and customers assign to their product suite.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What investor in the world places value on +/- 5% growth targets with the inherent risk native to ROVI stock (1.9 Market Beta)?!? Treasuries perform almost as well and have nearly no risk.

    Culture: Recent Denison Organizational Culture Surveys results came in recently and were an abomination. Senior Leadership was appropriately spared no quarter in the employee-based review and HR is ineffectual and absent in allaying a growing sentiment of discontent in the workforce at every level. Water cooler talk is a panoply of "who's getting fired, what's wrong with our leadership?!?, what are we doing here?". In the end the Denison survey is simply more data about a diseased organization that will not be acted upon - see the trend???

    The executive leadership team has been given advice by many industry leaders, strategists, and outside consultants. They are unable to execute or follow any of this advice. So the advice now?!?:

    It goes to the Board of Directors:

    Resting and vesting time is over. Refinancing the debt does not correlate to growth. The Street needs an ROI story and 5% won't do it. Time to disaggregate the assets (not much outside of the IP portfolio) and sell them off to highest bidder. Time for The Board to do its only real job and redefine the C-Suite.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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