Rovi

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Rovi Reviews

Updated Jul 16, 2014
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2.6 179 reviews

34% Approve of the CEO

Rovi President & CEO Tom Carson

Tom Carson

(107 ratings)

40% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Excellent work life balance initiatives makes me feel my hard work is being acknowledged(in 16 reviews)

  • nice campus; convenient distance from valley; good benefits, nice (but overpriced) cafeteria(in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • No work-life balance if you are on the RES team(in 7 reviews)

  • Senior Management seems to be set on destroying the company(in 11 reviews)

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    A healthy work environment

    Software Development Engineer (Former Employee) Santa Clara, CA

    ProsRovi's Santa Clara office is a healthy work environment. Competitive salary & benefit packages, flexible work schedules, and typically kind co-workers.

    ConsThe company has recently been described as a patent troll in the press, and although they are not the worst offender out there, Rovi has earned that reputation. (This may be considered a "Pro" if you are a Patent Attorney looking for steady work.)

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Going Nowhere Good Fast

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsDecent benefits, good hours, and for the most part for lower level employees, great coworkers trying to make the best of a terrible situation.

    ConsEverything from the supervisors going up. This is a very top-heavy company where the CEOs are constantly changing their strategy with little to no regard for the employees and how they are keeping up with the work. The pay is ridiculously low, and the stress and aggravation from supervisors and managers who go out of their way to create a hostile work environment do not make it worth staying for any length of time. There is very limited career growth opportunity. Despite claims that they are working on the culture, morale and trust is at an all-time low. Bully and threatening behavior is a norm.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus your strategy and actually pay attention to all the lower level employees you currently ignore. Stop rewarding bad behavior on the part of supervisors all in the name of results for the current quarter and you might actually retain some of the amazing talent you have left.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Ups and Downs

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat work/life balance (at least for my team), decent compensation, nice atmosphere with some really great co-workers,

    ConsMaking the clients happy is, of course, the focus, but there has to be limits. They don't really believe in their "lower" employees, and typically hire outside for leadership positions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBelieve in your people and give them a chance. Many of them will surprise you with what they can do.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Awful Company with even worse culture

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsPay and benefits, especially if upper management.

    ConsRovi is a top-heavy, rudderless company that you should be thankful never to have heard of before. Its products are rarely purchased or licensed, so it relies heavily on licensing patents of dubious validity. Led by over-bearing finance and legal departments, the company completely lacks all business sense. Worst company I've ever worked for.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWake up the Board of Directors, because they are most obviously asleep at the wheel.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Antiquated and no longer useful or relevant to modern life.

    Director Level (Current Employee)

    ProsThe pay is OK and the benefits are good. There is a very small group of individuals working in a handful of departments who know what they're doing and have a forward thinking vision.

    ConsThere is zero culture. Rovi has acquired a number of companies over the years and there never seems to be any "ok, you aren't xyz company anymore, you're Rovi" going on. There are even a few acquisitions who still refer to themselves and think of themselves as their old company. Trust in the organization is at an all-time low and there is zero connection or meaning to the core values. The Doers are getting stepped on by the out of touch executives who are only concerned about their next payday. Bureaucracy is STRONG here and everything seems to be more political than strategical. In fighting between groups is high and counter-intuitive to the innovative process.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHow a company can go all-in in 2012 to improve our core values and team, only to have a majority of areas that were supposed to improve, actually DECREASE DRAMATICALLY, is a testament to everything. Not. Working. The archaic thinking that built our soon to be obsolete guides needs to be removed from this company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Heard bad things but I didn't find it that bad

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsReasonable pay, benefits, etc.
    Flexible time off

    ConsNo strategy and vision that funnels down to all employees

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Seen many changes, not many good

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsPay, varied projects, somewhat autonomous work environment.

    ConsTalent retention people don't communicate with the personnel people.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHave focus, be more brave and willing to take a risk.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    So far So Good

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) Radnor, PA

    ProsEven though its un balanced at times, I feel the workload and projects seem to be organized. It too early for me to reach any conclusion about this company, but I love it so far. Office culture is great. work-life balance is great.

    ConsNo transparency between various departments, feels like every department is trying to save themselves. It does not feel like they all are working for a common purpose.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHas to strive to bring transparency between various departments. Take measures to communicate goals and deadline across departments.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to work

    Engineering Director (Former Employee) Radnor, PA

    ProsInteresting and challenging work. Employee's are respected by management, and career growth is taken seriously. There is an active entertainment committee that organizes several social events thoughout the year.

    ConsUsual large company issues. Very process oriented, little scope for innovation.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLots of focus on hitting quarterly targets, need to add focus for more long term goals.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Priorities are distorted

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Radnor, PA

    ProsGood folks trying to do their best in a very cool business space

    ConsSlaves to wall street. Priorities are all tactical to meet quarterly guidance. Employees are not valued and are just another expense to be managed.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement should show some respect for core values instead of just promoting them to employees. Stop making everything reactive and show some strategic thought. Stop reorganizing and making your employees feel like they could be next on the chopping block at any time.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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