Gemstar-TV Guide

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7 Reviews
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  1.  

    Too bad they had no idea how to change with the times....

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tulsa, OK

    I worked at Gemstar-TV Guide

    Pros

    Smart group of workers
    Quality people who worked hard
    Ownership in problems

    Cons

    Upper mgmt let the business stagnate.
    Did not take the opportunity that lower level mgmt offer to which would have revived a entirely new market which has since exploded.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Its too late a this point.....the end is near for TVGuide

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Iconic American Brand Reduced to Footnote in Media History

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Gemstar-TV Guide

    Pros

    healthcare benefits, 401k matching @ 3%, free garage parking, dept. teams (when they were properly fit together), rare instances of management with outside the box thinking.

    Cons

    vast majority of management with inside the box "old school" thinking, resulting in inability to stay (at least) current, let alone ahead of the curve; therefore, did not embrace a "new school" of forward-thinking employees; not investing in research, resulting in multi-million dollar losses from 6-month magazine run; overall filled the corporate offices with number-crunching management to trim down the company for sale, but neglected to balance it with functional, quality creative to make it as attractive and lucrative as it could have been.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    the management hired from late 2004-onward possessed inside the box "old school" thinking, resulting in inability to stay (at least) current, let alone ahead of the curve; therefore, did not embrace a "new school" of forward-thinking employees; mistakes were made by not investing in research (or enough), resulting in multi-million dollar losses from 6-month magazine run; overall, the major misstep was filling the corporate offices with number-crunching management to trim down the company for sale, but neglected to balance the company functional, quality creative to make it as attractive and lucrative as it could have been.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Looks good on paper...

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

    I have been working at Gemstar-TV Guide

    Pros

    The location. To be able to work for a cable network outside of a major city is hard to beat. Tulsa is a great undiscovered gem of a city that is family friendly and a great place to raise a family. The schools are top notch, the housing prices are the most affordable in the country and there is great medical care and major hospitals in the area.

    Cons

    Horrible budgets, bad pay, inexperienced workers from the top to the bottom. It's basically on the job training for broadcasters, only no one is learning anything. Tulsa is a pain in the butt to go anywhere from. Almost no direct flights anywhere. Even the shortest flights take a full day to accomplish due to changing planes in Texas or another hub.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend the money to hire more experienced broadcasters and put them in key positions throughout the company. Stop drinking the kool-aid and realize that the ship is sinking and status quo won't cut it anymore.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Strong vision required quick before people leave

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    Current Employee - Director, Product Management  in  West Hollywood, CA
    Current Employee - Director, Product Management in West Hollywood, CA

    I have been working at Gemstar-TV Guide

    Pros

    Huge market opportunity, talented people, should be able to create something great!

    Cons

    Not sure, there is a lot of change at the moment due to the acquisition by Macrovision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a strong vision to execute on the acquisition. If it isn't crystal, the best people will leave to go and do something more interesting.

    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Notes for a good company that no longer exists...

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    Former Employee - Director, Product Management  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Director, Product Management in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Gemstar-TV Guide

    Pros

    High-growth potential for employees who excel.

    Cons

    Decentralized nature of management, complex businesses that even senior managers don't always get.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work better to understand businesses, communicate w/employees better.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    ok place to start out

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gemstar-TV Guide

    Pros

    great atmosphere, young crowd, nice office

    Cons

    poor salary, no room for growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make it easier to get ahead

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great 1st job.

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    Former Employee - Scheduling Reporter
    Former Employee - Scheduling Reporter

    I worked at Gemstar-TV Guide

    Pros

    It's a good first job to get experience right out of college. There are plenty of young people working there so they provide an energetic work environment. The company puts a lot of effort into training it's employees.

    Cons

    High turnover of employees because many people only worked there for a year or two and then found a better paying job elsewhere in the region.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no suggestions

    No opinion of CEO

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