Rovi

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Rovi Reviews

Updated August 10, 2014
Updated August 10, 2014
185 Reviews

2.8
185 Reviews
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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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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Really good, can't complain.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer-Engineer  in  Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer-Engineer in Burbank, CA

    Pros

    Solid organization with really smart engineers & designers. I work as a UX design-engineer & I'm actually a bit surprised how it's been thus far. Granted, the work is challenging since I'm in a position to design & engineer new ideas but I have the support of the team & management to execute on what needs to get done.

    Since it's a technology organization, it's a lot of trial-&-error & the company is cognizant that it needs to do this in order to develop good-to-great products. I'm with it.

    Cons

    No free lunch everyday. Free lunch everyday would be GREAT & AWSM.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let's have free lunch everyday please.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Poor Management, Years of Technical Debt, and a Sweatshop Culture make ROVI a poor choice

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager  in  Radnor, PA
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Radnor, PA

    Pros

    Good salary, bonus, and benefits

    Cons

    Poor Management
    Years of Technical Debt
    Sweatshop Culture
    Extremely high turnover rate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're listening to the wrong people and ROVI will never be a top tier software shop until this changes
    The institutionalized bad behavior of your middle management team will ultimately cost you more than you think

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    A healthy work environment

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The 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.)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Constant State of Chaos and Lack of Direction: Fragile NOT Agile

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager  in  Radnor, PA
    Former Employee - Manager in Radnor, PA

    Pros

    Good compensation and benefits package
    Some really great people who are being sucked dry by poor, insecure and often toxic managers
    It sounds like a really cool and leading edge place to work but it's not

    Cons

    Leaders who instill fear in employees to avoid actually being leaders
    Decision-making is always in response to the market instead of in front of it resulting in priorities changing on a dime constantly
    Archaic and (obsolete in some cases) infrastructure and systems make it impossible to be flexible and adjust to changing priorities
    Toxic managers swoop in and create more chaos to make themselves look good rather than proactively work on solving problems and building and leading teams
    There's very little investment in people development
    Additional work is often piled on without the resources to help complete it but an expectation that it will be done or else
    Rovi claims to lead the way in the discovery and personalization of digital entertainment however there's nothing entertaining about working for this organization. It should be FUN but it's NOT
    Very little work-life balance but lots of stress

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to the Board of Directors is to take a hard look at the executive management team top to bottom and start turning it over. This team preaches change and improvement however it is not materializing fast enough. Eventually customers will churn and start working with other companies who have invested in their core business with leading technology and a top-notch management team who are more than capable of leading their businesses (and the people who support them) to success. Also, don't be afraid to spend money on improving infrastructure and archaic systems. There is benefit in the long run however the current management team thinks mostly about today and not tomorrow.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    not sure what anyone does here?

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    Former Employee - Embedded Software Sales  in  Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Embedded Software Sales in Burbank, CA

    Pros

    Steady paycheck
    Some good people in the "working" departments.

    Cons

    Upper management constantly telling employees to leave.
    No room for career progression.
    No vision for the future, acquires companies to get technology then sells them off.
    Company outsources core jobs to make up for lost earnings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    board members need to clean house.
    The place is a money pit and has no future vision . nor do they deliver on their products on time.
    You cant create a culture if you don't know what one is,
    Management out of touch with workers, Never see management just have a conversation with anyone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Going Nowhere Good Fast

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Everything 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 ManagementAdvice

    Focus 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Ups and Downs

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Making 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 ManagementAdvice

    Believe in your people and give them a chance. Many of them will surprise you with what they can do.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Awful Company with even worse culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Pay and benefits, especially if upper management.

    Cons

    Rovi 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 ManagementAdvice

    Wake up the Board of Directors, because they are most obviously asleep at the wheel.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Antiquated and no longer useful or relevant to modern life.

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    Current Employee - Director Level
    Current Employee - Director Level

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    There 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 ManagementAdvice

    How 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.

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

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

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

    Pros

    Reasonable pay, benefits, etc.
    Flexible time off

    Cons

    No strategy and vision that funnels down to all employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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