Rovi

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Circling the drain

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Former Employee - Senior Executive in San Francisco, CA
Former Employee - Senior Executive in San Francisco, CA

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

Pros

Salary, benefits, patents. Chance to work internationally. Good data. Lots of technologies deployed.

Cons

East-coast management hyper focused on numbers, terrified of innovative investment.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

You can't be a tech company and operate this way.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    very well paid nightmare

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    nice campus; convenient distance from valley; good benefits, nice (but overpriced) cafeteria

    Cons

    everything else... except nice campus; convenient distance from valley; good benefits, nice (but overpriced) cafeteria

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Kill Bill vol.2

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Old Products and No Innovation

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Burbank, CA

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

    Pros

    Part Patent Company: Rovi makes a great deal of money from their licensing arrangements with companies. They own about 5,000 patents and license the use of the patents to other companies. This is not product based at all but enforced by the large legal team in Burbank.

    Part Software Company: The company develops software for service providers -- the same companies that are influenced by the above patents. These products include set top guides, and corresponding mobile devices and websites -- for example, it allows you to set your DVR remotely or tune your television. The existing products remain the same with small incremental improvements. There has not been any significant product changes or innovation that our customers really want (something new) since I've been here.

    Part Data Company: They create, develop, and sell entertainment data to other companies. This area seems very relevant and growing. The majority of that team resides in both Detroit and Radnor, PA. I'm less familiar with the organization as it operates like a business unit.

    Part Acquisition: They've made many acquisitions of which most of the products and services do not seem to have been used to grow the business. For example, Sonic was acquired then mostly divested about a year ago. Additional pieces were divested more recently at significantly reduced amount than they paid. Read the SEC filings for additional details on amounts they sold the divested businesses for.

    Cons

    Please see above as I included both pros and cons in the same overview.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure you have the right people in the right roles. Focus on what you think will grow the business and move forward in that area. Constant significant changes in the business create confusion.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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