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Rovi Reviews

Updated December 10, 2014
Updated December 10, 2014
212 Reviews
2.6
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Review Highlights

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. 7 people found this helpful  

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

    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Lots of improvements to make..

    • 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 3 years)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Principal Software Engineer

    • 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 as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 12 people found this helpful  

    10 or more organizational changes in 9 months

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

    I have been working at Rovi

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 12 people found this helpful  

    Constant re-orgs and cost-cutting are killing a company that was once a good place to work

    • 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

    There are still some smart, talented people there trying to build good products

    Cons

    The smart, talented, nice people keep leaving due to poor executive management. The focus on cost-cutting has really skewed the work-life balance, and the frequent re-orgs result in a culture of secrecy and fear. There is no company loyalty for employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 11 people found this helpful  

    No Stability, No Direction

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 15 people found this helpful  

    Rearranging the Deck Chairs on the Titanic

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

    I worked at Rovi full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very talented software engineers, QA engineers and architects. Some of the best people I have ever worked with in my career during my 2.5 years at Rovi.

    Good benefits, flexible time off and industry standard pay.

    Ability to evaluate new technologies and incorporate into new projects.

    Cons

    Clueless executive team with no vision on how to move the company forward.

    Multiple reorganizations and layoffs during my 2.5 years at Rovi.

    Bad downsizing decisions (layoffs in 2012 resulted in majority of remaining QA engineers leaving Rovi for better positions elsewhere)

    Bad outsourcing decisions (large amounts of money, time, and effort were spent ramping up and training Shanghai and Mumbai engineering teams only to have those locations closed within a year)

    Denison Organizational Culture survey results continue to show major issues within the company with little or no improvement even after working with management consulting firms to fix the identified issues.

    Department heads staking out territory for their teams to get window area seating forcing existing teams of people in those areas to be relocated to vacant cubes in other areas of the Burbank building.

    Bad employee morale. Everyone is wondering when the next layoff is going to occur.

    Exit interview conducted by phone with HR rep in Santa Clara office even though the Burbank HR team was located within 50 feet of my desk.

    Inability to recruit and retain engineering talent. Engineers were resigning faster than they could be replaced.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Board of Directors are enablers in allowing the current executive team to steer the company towards the iceberg. They need to clean out the executive suites and replace upper level management with people who have a clue on how to run a company.

    Sell off assets which are not contributing to the bottom line.

    Otherwise, history books will include the following entries:
    World Disasters
    1912: RMS Titanic: Captain Edward J. Smith
    2012: Costa Concordia: Captain Francesco Schettino
    2015: Rovi: CEO Tom Carson

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 8 people found this helpful  

    Editor

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, a lot of smart and kind people.

    Cons

    Lack of transparency, poor management. The company is too divided.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ther need to take better care of their teams. Try to give the employees some reassurance and make them feel that they matter too. Way to often people feel disposable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 10 people found this helpful  

    Lack of Vision

    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, especially the FTO plan. Fairly flexible work hours. Hardworking teams and people at the individual contributor level.

    Cons

    A fairly negative place overall. There is very little communication between teams, and it is very challenging to feel pride in your work when you see and hear so little of the results or feedback. I work in a fairly inward-facing part of the business, and very rarely hear client feedback or see the actual products in action.

    There is very little room for advancement, and no clear career-path or plan. The high turnover makes it difficult to create a strong network, and many promotions and hires seem arbitrary and confusing. Managers tend to work their team for their personal benefit and represent themselves, rather than their business unit or group. It can be very difficult to get clear direction, and misinformation is often communicated from managers to teams. This creates waste and disorganization, and also saps motivation.

    On a more subjective note, people around the office do not seem happy, and there is very littler camaraderie. My coworkers are very hard-working and care about the services and products, but the lack of clear company culture makes the personal environment rather cold.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create career paths and foster talent within the organization. Constant changes and restructuring has made employees lost faith, but by promoting and grooming talent from within the ranks, a home-grown "Rovi culture" can thrive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 9 people found this helpful  

    Poor Management, Years of Technical Debt, and a Sweatshop Culture make ROVI a poor choice

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

    I worked at Rovi full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good salary, bonus, and benefits

    Cons

    Poor Management
    Years of Technical Debt
    Sweatshop Culture
    Extremely high turnover rate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're listening to the wrong people and ROVI will never be a top tier software shop until this changes
    The institutionalized bad behavior of your middle management team will ultimately cost you more than you think

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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