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Rovi Reviews

Updated February 26, 2015
Updated February 26, 2015
230 Reviews
2.5
230 Reviews
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Rovi President & CEO Tom Carson
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Growing company with small company feel

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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

    Pros

    This is a friendly company. It is big, but not so big that bureaucracy gets in the way. After the recent reorganizations, the company seems to have a clear vision for the future.

    Cons

    IT support has been outsourced, which causes some technical issues when you first start.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep focused on our products and core IP business. Continue to grow our business while improving our image. Continue to improve our talent by hiring more talented people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Benefits of a large company with feel of a smaller company.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Rovi is a large company with offices around the US, this review is for the Boston area office. I really enjoy working here, it has the feel of a medium size company with the benefits of a large company. The work schedule is flexible which is great for commuters to avoid the traffic. The work is interesting, very little mundane work since there is always something new to work on. The managers are great, easy to talk to if you have issues.

    Cons

    Boston traffic is stupid.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 7 people found this helpful  

    Inept corporate leadership.

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    They were ok

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits , clear path to advancement

    Cons

    too political
    slow to adopt change
    no real vision

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    use some of that patent troll money to build great tools instead of awful ones

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 26 people found this helpful  

    A five star review, wow! (do you know how to read?)

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Lower management and individual contributors are highly motivated, sociable, and will consistently go above and beyond to deliver, not for the senior management lip service but because they recognize the team effort and camaraderie. It was a great place to work until about 2012 when many of the senior leaders who knew a thing or two about motivation evaporated.

    There once was a sense of camaraderie, of pride when talking about what you did for a living, but those days are done.

    Cons

    My fellow reviewer has waxed poetic in "Rovi: A Kafka-esque firm led by inept, feckless executive team that makes Terry Gilliam's "Brazil" look like sanity" and another has covered many salient points in the "Rearranging the Deck Chairs on the Titanic". The astute observer will note it was called "Titanic" and not the RMS Queen Mary, which went on to some level of greatness.

    There is a staggering number of resets and absolutely no courage on the part of management to make bets and take a leadership position in a market where it was once a pioneer. It can be argued that the Patent Portfolio has somewhat poisoned the well, but this company has time and again committed itself to being a product company without letting product owners actually vet visions and finish conducting its business. The latest round of seemingly socially-awkward leaders really do take the cake in running the business based on numbers and endless broad market research while actually minimizing customer interactions. Hey, guess who pays the bills?

    Check and balance are absent, and there is no demonstrable effort to actually learn this history - good or bad - and how we got to this point. There is no visible effort to interact with employee or have a decent hallway conversation. Any manner of professional courtesy is also out the window. Did I miss the memo that we hired Hal?

    The fact that I rated it 5 stars is actually a test. If you're the kind of person that looks at the top line without reading the details, you definitely deserve a shot at Rovi. It may just be the place for you.

    This place gets a 1 star rating, and I could put my Yelp hat on, I'd be whining about the absence of a ZERO star rating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop listening to consultants whose jobs are to extract more revenue by horse whispering. Stop focusing on fixing perceptions or artificially creating. Stop hinting at members of the change coalition to post positive reviews on Glassdoor. Have a shred of dignity.

    Make it a fun place to work, and make people WANT to come into the office by making it a socially interactive place. But, that isn't going to happen with the current crew.

    You know what though, I don't disapprove of Tom. He's been put in a tough spot but I respect his ability to engage. He just needs to have less clowns around him.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Relaxed working environment

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Burbank, CA

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

    Pros

    Relaxed working environment with little pressure. Excellent compensation and focus on compensating employees with innovation (patent applications).

    Cons

    Company focused on next generation software that did not pan out, leaving current products lightly supported for years. Now playing catch up with their product line.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I saw a lot a emails on company culture but little in the way of management supporting that culture. Start "walking the walk" if you want employee buy in.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 13 people found this helpful  

    Professional purgatory

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Radnor, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Radnor, PA

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company to work for... If you can handle reorganization.

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    Former Employee - Applications Support Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Applications Support Engineer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits. Smart and friendly people.

    Cons

    Constant reorganization, occasionally internal politics gets in the way of getting things done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate more to your employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 8 people found this helpful  

    No appreciation or loyalty

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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