Rovi Reviews

Updated September 3, 2014
Updated September 3, 2014
188 Reviews
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Pros
  • Excellent work life balance initiatives makes me feel my hard work is being acknowledged (in 16 reviews)

  • nice campus; convenient distance from valley; good benefits, nice (but overpriced) cafeteria (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • No work-life balance if you are on the RES team (in 7 reviews)

  • Senior Management seems to be set on destroying the company (in 11 reviews)

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  1. 7 people found this helpful  

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

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    • 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 for more than a 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
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    Constant State of Chaos and Lack of Direction: Fragile NOT Agile

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager  in  Radnor, PA
    Former Employee - Manager in Radnor, PA

    I worked at Rovi full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good compensation and benefits package
    Some really great people who are being sucked dry by poor, insecure and often toxic managers
    It sounds like a really cool and leading edge place to work but it's not

    Cons

    Leaders who instill fear in employees to avoid actually being leaders
    Decision-making is always in response to the market instead of in front of it resulting in priorities changing on a dime constantly
    Archaic and (obsolete in some cases) infrastructure and systems make it impossible to be flexible and adjust to changing priorities
    Toxic managers swoop in and create more chaos to make themselves look good rather than proactively work on solving problems and building and leading teams
    There's very little investment in people development
    Additional work is often piled on without the resources to help complete it but an expectation that it will be done or else
    Rovi claims to lead the way in the discovery and personalization of digital entertainment however there's nothing entertaining about working for this organization. It should be FUN but it's NOT
    Very little work-life balance but lots of stress

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to the Board of Directors is to take a hard look at the executive management team top to bottom and start turning it over. This team preaches change and improvement however it is not materializing fast enough. Eventually customers will churn and start working with other companies who have invested in their core business with leading technology and a top-notch management team who are more than capable of leading their businesses (and the people who support them) to success. Also, don't be afraid to spend money on improving infrastructure and archaic systems. There is benefit in the long run however the current management team thinks mostly about today and not tomorrow.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    not sure what anyone does here?

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    Former Employee - Embedded Software Sales  in  Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Embedded Software Sales in Burbank, CA

    I worked at Rovi full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Steady paycheck
    Some good people in the "working" departments.

    Cons

    Upper management constantly telling employees to leave.
    No room for career progression.
    No vision for the future, acquires companies to get technology then sells them off.
    Company outsources core jobs to make up for lost earnings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    board members need to clean house.
    The place is a money pit and has no future vision . nor do they deliver on their products on time.
    You cant create a culture if you don't know what one is,
    Management out of touch with workers, Never see management just have a conversation with anyone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 6 people found this helpful  

    Awful Company with even worse culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rovi full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Pay and benefits, especially if upper management.

    Cons

    Rovi is a top-heavy, rudderless company that you should be thankful never to have heard of before. Its products are rarely purchased or licensed, so it relies heavily on licensing patents of dubious validity. Led by over-bearing finance and legal departments, the company completely lacks all business sense. Worst company I've ever worked for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up the Board of Directors, because they are most obviously asleep at the wheel.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 7 people found this helpful  

    Antiquated and no longer useful or relevant to modern life.

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    Current Employee - Director Level
    Current Employee - Director Level

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

    Pros

    The pay is OK and the benefits are good. There is a very small group of individuals working in a handful of departments who know what they're doing and have a forward thinking vision.

    Cons

    There is zero culture. Rovi has acquired a number of companies over the years and there never seems to be any "ok, you aren't xyz company anymore, you're Rovi" going on. There are even a few acquisitions who still refer to themselves and think of themselves as their old company. Trust in the organization is at an all-time low and there is zero connection or meaning to the core values. The Doers are getting stepped on by the out of touch executives who are only concerned about their next payday. Bureaucracy is STRONG here and everything seems to be more political than strategical. In fighting between groups is high and counter-intuitive to the innovative process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    How a company can go all-in in 2012 to improve our core values and team, only to have a majority of areas that were supposed to improve, actually DECREASE DRAMATICALLY, is a testament to everything. Not. Working. The archaic thinking that built our soon to be obsolete guides needs to be removed from this company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Run, don't walk away.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Malvern, PA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Malvern, PA

    I have been working at Rovi full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Corporate aware of poor morale and are making attempts to address. They pay well, which is required to distract candidates from their growing poor reputation.

    Cons

    Company run from top down, Power consolidated to mean spirited individuals. Only their way or the highway, so leave your creativity at the door. Hostile environment, terrible company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Product development strategy is long overdue. Patent suits for old technology will only prolonged your trip to the dung heap of corporate failures.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stay away...far away

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tulsa, OK

    I have been working at Rovi full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Free breakfast, good benefits, decent pay (although none of it is worth it), that's really about it. Teaches you what to look out for and avoid in a future position.

    Cons

    Basically everything about the company. They are a patent troll, nothing more. They sit on old patents they own, and sue companies that actually innovate. Strategy and direction shift constantly. No one knows what the C level execs are talking about most of the time, disconnect. No one smiles, everyone seems to hate the place. Very impersonal. Cubicle farm environment, the higher in management you are, the bigger your cubicle, it's floor plan feudalism. Management is either unappreciative of work, or very fake. Secrecy and fraternization abounds throughout. No job security, if you aren't a brown noser, then expect your job to disappear at any time for no reason. You can be let go at the drop of a hat and replaced by a contractor by management that cares about nothing other than the bottom line. I saw people with 10+ years employment just thrown out the door. I never thought a company could be so bad, now I know what to avoid in the future. I for a fact know that they have reporting software that runs reports that spy on employees as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It wouldn't matter...the CEO doesn't even care what your name is or who you are..hopefully the patent troll legislation passes soon, I'll love to watch this sinking ship go down.

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

    The culture and managment are plagued with problems...

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    Current Employee - Senior Director  in  Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Burbank, CA

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

    Pros

    The people are smart and hard working and want to do a good job.

    Cons

    Bullying, mean spirited managment style, hostile, terrible company for woman...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow up and take control of this company and get rid of the bullies. Some of the employees spend all their time getting in the way of progress of others. Get rid of them and this company will prosper. Don't be fooled by those who pretend....ask the employees what they think of their company and co-workers and keep asking until things change. Work on retaining more women and treating them equally...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work until they changed the name

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Rovi full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good Benefits and perks. Nice to have open work hours.

    Cons

    Senior Management seems to be set on destroying the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    A true nightmare

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    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager  in  Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Burbank, CA

    I have been working at Rovi full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    It's a tech company with a few products.

    Cons

    It's a sham of a tech company with terrible management and archaic, dry, un-fun culture. Save yourselves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at team turnovers and question your flawed managers for attrition

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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