Rovi Reviews

Updated April 14, 2015
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  1. Helpful (10)

    Company in desperate need of a Jerry Maguire moment.

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    Current Employee - Data in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Data in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Rovi (more than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good range of benefits. Stock plan is very profitable for the savvy investor types.

    Cons

    Low morale has almost completely stopped work flow. Constant layoffs and outsourcing. Many employees in my office work 2nd jobs. Managers and employees are too afraid to speak their minds.

    New culture initiative is just PR for the investors. They are not making any meaningful changes to actually solve the culture problem. The culture of fear will not change when upper-management is shielded from all criticism. All forums for employee input have disappeared. Low level employees are treated like the enemy. ~1-2% annual raises while CEO pay skyrockets. Company does not behave morally.

    Company does not have any interest in retaining employees.

    Advice to Management

    There is more to life than money. Stop and ask yourselves how you made so many passionate hard working people hate their jobs. You have created a toxic environment where no one fights for anything for fear of retaliation.

    There seems to be no passion for anything but money. The sacrifices people are being asked/forced to make are cruel. You have lost all trust and I dont think there is a path for you to earn it back.

    Resign?

  2. Helpful (16)

    Dysfunctional leadership

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great potential with a who’s who list of customers, nice colleagues, flexible hours, good cafeteria, free & great catered Friday breakfast.

    Cons

    Easily one of the most dysfunctional companies, without leadership accountability. They just lay off people as an easy solution whenever something doesn’t go well. Constant layoffs lead to ever-changing directions, short-term focus, survival games, severe knowledge discontinuity & gaps, huge spending on myriad consultants to fill knowledge gaps, lower productivity, frequent product delays, higher recruiting and training costs, lower morale, and employees’ animosity toward management (shown by extremely low Glassdoor.com rating). These side effects result in underperformance and more layoffs, reinforcing the layoff culture.

    Advice to Management

    It’s virtually impossible to realize the Company’s great potential in the digital media without breaking the layoff-underperformance-layoff vicious cycle. This can only happen with a significant change of governance structure.

  3. Helpful (14)

    Terrible company that won't last much longer.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wayne, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wayne, PA

    I have been working at Rovi

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Not much in the way of pros, aside from a good amount of vacation time and flexible hours.

    Cons

    This company has no idea what it does. Though, in every meeting we're told "This company does so much already, and we're looking to do more going forward!". Our current business model relies on suing other companies over outdated patents, then losing those lawsuits, then paying the legal costs with massive layoffs.
    Aside from that, Rovi, desperately wanting to be the next Google, tries to make deals with successful companies, and buying up smaller companies. while bringing nothing to the table. Much like a C student in high school, hoping to get partnered up with A students in a group project, so they won't have to do any work.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees better. Stop wasting time and money creating countless slogans ("One Rovi" "I am Rovi, and I am Proud" etc...) and actually give your customers quality products, and your employees the resources to make those products. Also, stop making fake positive Glassdoor reviews. There's not one satisfied person here. And no one here is under the impression that Rovi will exist two years from now. Not if the company continues to act like a band that's come up with 50 ideas for album covers and titles, without ever having written a song.

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  5. Helpful (13)

    No appreciation or loyalty

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    Former Employee - Data Operations Department in Wayne, PA
    Former Employee - Data Operations Department in Wayne, PA

    I worked at Rovi full-time (more than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - There was free food frequently, and always free hot beverages
    - You could work with headphones on most of the time
    - Nice coworkers
    - Very flexible hours and casual work environment

    Cons

    No matter what you do, you will never be valued or appreciated by the executives. After 12 years with the company and establishing myself as one of the best in my department, I was laid off, along with most of the rest of the crucial operational data department as jobs were outsourced to India. All possible pros to the job (it was a decent job to have, though not mentally stimulating and very low pay) are negated when the execs blow through and wipe out your entire department to save a few bucks.

    Advice to Management

    Get a clue. You obviously have no idea what your entire operational department does, if you continue to think that computers or outsourcing companies or, let's face it, trained chickens could keep the data afloat. In the first 3 months of the outsourcing it is already failing horribly, as those of us who do the jobs knew would happen. I feel terrible for our customers -- you know, the ones we spent years cultivating awesome relationships with, and then dumped to someone with a 10 hour time difference and a customer service hotline number.
    Oh and by the way, having zero "culture" in the company cannot be solved by giving us 4 words and telling us those are now our culture. The culture is hard work for low pay and no appreciation.

  6. Helpful (12)

    Run while you can......

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Rovi full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are still some great folks working there but they are all looking for other jobs or hanging on to see if the company sells and they can make out well with their stock

    Cons

    Where to begin? I honestly don't think I've ever witnessed such an environment. It all starts at the top and how a BOD has kept such a group of management intact for this long is unreal.. Completely incompetent people in jobs that you find later that they only have because of a relationship with someone else entirely incompetent above them. Secrets everywhere...in every corner. All they really have is some aging patents to keep licensing and that's what keeps folks around. They couldn't organically engineer a product if it landed in their laps 95% complete (and that has actually happened several times). They don't have money to actually spend on budgets for their functional teams to progress. But they mysteriously get approvals for huge spending on consultants and contractors that continue to come in and tell them that "yes, indeed they are in serious trouble". If it wasn't so sad....it would be like some funny technology version of the Grand Budapest Hotel.

    Advice to Management

    Think of your employees and your investors....then step down for everyone's sake. Or sell off your company quickly and let folks move on with their careers.

  7. Helpful (14)

    One of the worst managed companies in the US

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Rovi full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great assets, great installed base

    Cons

    The BoD and CEO are incompetent and have presided over the destruction of enormous shareholder value over the last four years.

  8. Helpful (14)

    Stick a fork in it because it's done

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rovi full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They will shower you in cash and stock if you are in the right social clique and/or have done favors for the right people.

    Cons

    Everything is in complete chaos. Engineering, IT, product management, sales, marketing, you name it... except legal (see below). No one in charge knows enough about the actual work being done to make an informed decision about anything. So if you have an idea or proposal, you literally must campaign for it and get votes. The person with the most votes wins. And you only get to lose once. Of course, the people you need to vote for your idea don't understand it either, so you have to lay the groundwork early by doing favors for them so that enough people will "owe you one" which you can then cash in at the right moment (quid pro quo). It's like working inside the HBO miniseries House of Cards.

    As a result, the culture is very secretive and blame-oriented. All information is on a need-to-know basis. No one works at Rovi, they survive Rovi. You survive by taking accountability for nothing. That way you can always blame someone else. Failure is not tolerated and will result in immediate termination.

    Rovi is not a technology company. Four-fifths of Rovi's annual revenue comes from patent litigation. They buy companies, strip them of their IP and sell off the remaining husk for whatever they can get. Engineering only exists so they can say in court that they are not "patent trolls" and are actually developing products.

    In the end, upper management truly doesn't care. They're all just out to take what they can for themselves while the ship goes down. The company has had more layoffs in the last 2 years than I've seen since the bubble burst in 2001. They laid off approximately 40% of the company in 2014 alone. They are clearly doing everything they can to make the company an attractive target for acquisition.

    Advice to Management

    I hope the money is worth it. I would not be able to look myself in the mirror if I were you. It's not just that you decided to have mass layoffs. But the brutal way you treat people, both while employed and during the layoff process, shows that there is something pathologically wrong with you. Everyone knows that you play favorites and are out to get certain people for unknown reasons. That's what high school kids do to one another, not adults in a professional setting. You should all be ashamed of yourselves.

    As for advice: You need to start over from the beginning. Define a set of core values and principles and then stick to them. Let go of your prejudices, intolerance, and the excuse that "all companies are this way". No, they're not. In the end, if you can't motivate yourself to put the interests of the company above your own, then do the noble thing and resign.

    Tom Carson (CEO): Take a close look at all those new open-ended contractor relationships that Rovi has engaged in to cover for the massive loss of employees. Take a very close look at them. Follow the money.

  9. Helpful (10)

    Job seekers- Take your talent elsewhere

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Benefits are very good. Flexible work hours. Free Friday breakfasts.

    Cons

    Poor VP level leadership. Lack of clear strategy for company. No growth for employees. Never know when there will be additional layoffs- thus hard to plan for family future and security. In 2014 Rovi has been on a hiring spree of SVPs - problem is most don't know how to manage their teams and don't really know their area of expertise. Friends hiring friends - friend trumps expert in field. No corporate culture. Many don't take ownership and dump their work on jr people using their SVP or VP title as leverage to make jr people do their work. Can be laid off just for having a different type of personality. Lack of diversity is a big problem. People are put in charge in some groups that are incompetent which makes it hard for other employees to do an effective job.

  10. Helpful (14)

    No direction, fires great people on a whim

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    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 a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  11. Helpful (15)

    Textbook example of what NOT to do as a company

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    Current Employee - Creative
    Current Employee - Creative

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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 Management

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

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