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Rovi Reviews

Updated December 10, 2014
Updated December 10, 2014
212 Reviews
2.5
212 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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  1. 14 people found this helpful  

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

    • 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 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
  2.  

    Solid company

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

    I worked at Rovi part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    a company that is trying hard to stay on top of the trends

    Cons

    a good place to work but there is always room for improvement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    No opinion of CEO
  3. 8 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
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  5. 5 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
  7.  

    Really good company to work for!

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

    I have been working at Rovi full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Employees have good benefits, at least 4 weeks of vacation a year, a modern workplace and bonuses! My team is amazing and my manager is very flexible and understanding. I've been working at Rovi for over 2 years and I love it!

    Cons

    Some employees do not appreaciate what this company offers and they create a negative environment in the office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're on the right track!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 13 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
  9. 12 people found this helpful  

    Very bad for software engineers, fires top engineers and some very good tech managers

    • 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

    Pros

    Flexible time, some effort to use top technologies and make improvements to existing software.

    Cons

    This company is a mess disguised as a self reinvented 'software company'. Top management has very little understanding of software, chases engineers to give their best and then fires top performing engineers in mass after the job is done. There is no clear vision and direction, and top management doesn't know what values the individual contributors bring to its software business. If you are a software engineer stay clear of Rovi. There are tons of opportunities out there, to learn and grow and most importantly, to know that the company you are joining has a good vision for the future and will not throw you in the street at the first whim of a senior manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If software is very important for your company's future, fire top management that has no idea how to run a software business. Fire managers that do not code. Improve your hiring processes re software. Hire new top management that are hands on coders and know a thing or two about high quality software and know how to keep and engage their teams.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 7 people found this helpful  

    No direction, fires great people on a whim

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

    I have been working at Rovi full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Work from home, flexible vacation policy, stock benefits can add up, work-life balance is good

    Cons

    No culture what so ever, execs have limited knowledge of work being done to meet their goals, no product direction or leadership, entire teams can get laid off with no notice and little explanation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire a decent product focused exec and get clear on what you want to company to be. Firing talented engineers when products get killed is not good for anybody, it breeds bad blood inside and outside the company. A more effective strategy would be to re-assign good engineers to other products. Your employees are your greatest asset, stop squandering it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Work-Life Balance (Golden Office Only)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Golden, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Golden, CO

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

    Pros

    Low to mid-level management are great and always willing to work with you to ensure you have resources to work with as well as ensuring team cohesiveness. Working from home is always an option, great vacation and sick time, yearly bonuses and a fun office environment that borders on friends and family than simply co-workers.

    Cons

    The best office in the entire company exists in Golden, Colorado which is what this review is based on. There the on-site management really seems to care about their employees. Unfortunately, this attitude is not shared by anyone above the director level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Specifically to executive management: employees are not expendable. The work we do enables the company to be successful. When you treat your employees with disregard, it brings morale down. Happy workers are more likely to really work hard to achieve all road mapped goals the company seeks to meet.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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