Rovi Reviews

Updated April 7, 2015
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  1. Helpful (13)

    Rovi grabs and discards shiny things...sort of like a baby

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Schedule Editor in Radnor, PA
    Former Employee - Schedule Editor in Radnor, PA

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits...flexible hours...talented people (well before they were all outsourced)

    Cons

    Chaos...corporate topheaviness...illconsidered outsourcing decisions...ugly politics...nonexistent investment in infrastructure

    Advice to Management

    If your goal is buy exciting enterprises and ideas...strip them of anything worthwhile...fail to incorporate what they offer...and then dump the remains...then keep right on doing what you are doing...and if you have anything that has been around too long...just trash that on general principle because nothing matters but the innovate

  2. Helpful (7)

    Average Workplace

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    • 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 a year)

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

    Pros

    good work life balance, relaxed environment

    Cons

    lots of politics,
    lack of direction and vision
    constant layoffs
    outsourcing everything
    lots of middle level managers, directors, sr. directors etc who do nothing
    constant re-orgs and changes, no focus
    keeps on acquiring other companies and does nothing with them

    Advice to Management

    get rid of a lot of middle level managers, directors etc and save cost.
    invest in training your employees

  3. Helpful (13)

    Inept corporate leadership.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Data Entry in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Data Entry in Ann Arbor, MI

    I have been working at Rovi full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. Annual bonuses and stock purchase plan available. My location's environment used to be vibrant and was staffed by intelligent, interesting people.

    Cons

    Executive officers are inept. Their solution for any problem is to outsource workers and hire more VPs. So far they have outsourced IT, HR, and now the bulk of their data services will be shipped to India. The structure is top heavy and lacks a coherent long-term strategy. Workers are left feeling that it is only a matter of time until their job is eliminated making for a toxic work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Simplify the managerial structure by eliminating excessive VP positions. Develop a coherent long-term strategy instead of simply reacting to momentary flux.

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  5. Helpful (14)

    Professional purgatory

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Radnor, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Radnor, PA

    I worked 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

    Very good compensation, flexible hours, ability to work from home, and extremely liberal vacation policy. Some great people and interesting/fun industry (if you can ignore the terrible business decisions).

    If all that concerns you is pay and schedule flexibility this might not be a bad place to work. If you want career advancement, fulfillment, or to work for a stable company that produces something you can be proud of don't waste your time here.

    Cons

    No growth potential or training opportunities-- you will not gain anything in your career by working here. People managers with no people skills-- you have no advocate. Appalling business decisions made by upper management-- leaders are more concerned with pushing out products to meet artificial or ridiculous customer deadlines than making a quality product (or even just a viable, sustainable product). Outsourcing, outsourcing, outsourcing-- no core team exists to develop or maintain the business, most skilled team members have been outsourced or have jumped ship.

    Advice to Management

    Sorry to say it but I doubt there is anything you can do at this point to get back on track; I suppose your only hope is to be acquired before your revenue stream completely peters out as your business model is unstustainable due to years of cut corners. Your business is built on the backs of the people you outsourced and the bubblegum and tape holding your systems together will only last so long.

  6. Helpful (11)

    You'll be gone when you either make too much money or if someone feels threatened.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Former Senior Reporter in Radnor, PA
    Former Employee - Former Senior Reporter in Radnor, PA

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

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

    Pros

    Vacation, bonuses, the people you work with, for the part

    Cons

    Gestapo senior managers who tell you you don't care even though you volunteer to work til 2-3am sometimes making updates to their database so deadlines are met.
    Complete disconnect between management and employees.
    Too many managers who kiss up in the wrong places.
    Layoffs as soon as someone has too much tenure, or until they want to get cheap and siphon the work overseas.

    Advice to Management

    Liquidate the company. It's worthless. You let great people routinely go.

  7. Helpful (3)

    Principal Software Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Rovi as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good pay. Freedom to be innovative.

    Cons

    Management is disengaged from reality. Everything is a knee jerk reation as they show no interest in knowing the details of the project.

  8. Helpful (11)

    Lots of improvements to make..

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    • 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 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, unlimited vacation and freedom to work from home as needed, ask and you shall receive in regards to materials/work necessities, good culture within teams. improved hiring on HR/Communication teams.

    Cons

    Where to begin? Upper level management has no idea what lower level employees are doing, lack of appreciation for non-managers, plenty of high level execs/VPs/SVPs, but little knowledge of what happens below them, no REAL leadership coming from any specific direction, ZERO culture company-wide, constant re-orgs

    Advice to Management

    Get to know what your employees actually work on, and appreciate all the work they put into YOU looking good.

  9. Helpful (13)

    Good Benefits, but do not let if fool you the company has no class

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Golden, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Golden, CO

    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

    The discretionary time off was a huge deal for me. The healthcare benefits are really good.

    Cons

    The upper management of this company is constantly changing. Rovi is a company build up by Acquisitions, and have never had a Software team to successfully build a product under their management direction; hence, anytime the company plans to change direction with a Product your job is in danger.

    Even though the company was discussing a direction of having the Engineer team build a new Cloud Platform. It planned all along to acquire a start-up company and lay-off engineers with only a day notices. This company lacks class.

  10. Helpful (18)

    10 or more organizational changes in 9 months

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rovi

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

    Pros

    If you are in a stable time (which is utopia in rovi), you can enjoy good work-life balance, decent salary and benefits.

    Cons

    Too many organizational changes.
    There is a definite lack of :
    Clarity,
    Stable roadmap for product,
    Goal alignment between top tier -> middle tier -> Managers and Engineers
    Employes get affected due to these sudden changes in the product direction, changes in org structure or worst get axed (all due to management failure).

    Advice to Management

    Why do Disc tool and other such reviews if nothing ever changes.

  11. Helpful (15)

    No Stability, No Direction

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Radnor, PA
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Radnor, PA

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

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

    Pros

    A great group of loyal employees that will jump through hoops for their team if given a chance.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is non-existant once you become a leader.

    The direction of the company has changed so often over the years that it's impossible to tell what it is anymore. Feels like the company is just going to continue to change until they find something they can do correctly.

    Mismanagement of customers led by team members that have no business being customer facing.

    Many areas need improvement but employees are stretched so thin that there's no opportunity to improve.

    Zero concept of building a culture and every time management tries to make a culture change, a directional change throws all the work out the window.

    Advice to Management

    Scrap the skewed vision, regroup and fix the many, many problems before you go bankrupt.

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