Rovi Reviews

Updated August 25, 2015
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Pros
  • Excellent work life balance initiatives makes me feel my hard work is being acknowledged (in 18 reviews)

  • Good benefits, especially the FTO plan (in 24 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance is non-existant once you become a leader (in 11 reviews)

  • Upper management does not acknowledge your presence if you are not one of them or have a fancy title or are a sales person (in 13 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Perspective of an entry-level employee

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Radnor, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Radnor, PA
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Among certain teams there was a positive culture; weekly free breakfast was always a morale booster; bonuses were paid out twice yearly.

    Cons

    Rovi was acquiring lots of businesses, but didn't appear to do a good job of integrating them into the company--perhaps because there was a lack of a unifying company culture. Layoffs were frequent during my time at Rovi.

    Advice to Management

    The most important asset for Rovi shouldn't be the stockholders, but rather the employees that spend every day ensuring that they make Rovi the best it can be. Rather than laying off loyal employees to marginally increase profits to satisfy stockholders, Rovi should cut costs elsewhere.


  2. Software in a Data Company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    *Company is changing it's approach to software solutions, which means there is more opportunity to be involved in designing good, sturdy systems for content delivery. *Innovation as a part of the job, is always welcomed. *Work environment is friendly and most managers are willing to help you grow in your career.

    Cons

    *Growth isn't as exponential as in most software companies *The software process might not be appealing to most developers as it is not as coding-intensive as one might expect at first. Although this is rapidly changing, it is hard to estimate the momentum of this change.


  3. Not too many complaints

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Rovi (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friday breakfast. Employee stock plan/

    Cons

    Recent company news. Lost mid year bonus.

    Advice to Management

    Get a new board of directors.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Interesting projects while they lasted.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The projects were interesting. My group was filled with good people who cared about the systems were were building. The weekly breakfast was a nice perk.

    Cons

    After the current CEO took over, the company started changing directions frequently. I worked on multiple projects that got canceled before they were finished. And, finally, our whole group was laid off and our main product transferred to a group in China.

    Advice to Management

    If you are serious about something, stick to it and give the team time to finish it. If you are not serious, don't start in the first place. It is frustrating to have your project cancelled time after time.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Concerned

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good insurance, ESPP plan and 401K.

    Cons

    This company is in the process of outsourcing almost all work aspects. They seem to be hiring primarly contractors with the option of full time, but very seldom does the full time position become available for the contractor. Just promises.


  7. Helpful (3)

    A company struggling for its future and identity

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, work flexibility. Interesting industry, entertainment, acquisitions. You get to learn a lot about the patent/IP world (whether you want to or not!). There are some extremely talented folks, if you can avoid the politics and frequent poor management decisions you could do well at Rovi.

    Cons

    While the company has real potential, it carries a lot of baggage of buying and gutting companies of their high potential. If you are a product-minded person, it's hard to find pride in the IP strategy of this company. The vertical business groups don't work well together at all and there's an over abundance of VP-level sales & management that are non-technical working in a very technical environment. Very high-turnover, both through layoffs and people leaving due to high frustration level of Rovi. It's generally very hard to find seasoned subject-matter experts in the company due to the high rate of technical staff turnover. Many layoffs are ill advised (or not under advisement at all) which actually leads to higher cost and jeopardizes customer accounts.

    Advice to Management

    Buy low, sell high. Imagine a company that has a foundation of solid products and business practices as a foundation, then the IP portfolio is the icing on top (not the other way around).


  8. Helpful (1)

    Two thumbs way up

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Rovi full-time

    Pros

    Rovi is a first class act when it comes to the employment package. You won't find a better place to work these days. Closest thing you will find to the benefits packages offered at the peak of the dot com.

    Cons

    Company does a lot of mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures and because of that can sometimes feel like you are in a constant state of transition.


  9. Helpful (6)

    No Products

    Former Employee - Program Manager in Radnor, PA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Radnor, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good people, good benefits and nice working environment.

    Cons

    Bad Execution, No training, excessive reductions to maintain bottom line which in turn takes it out on the ability to deliver product and services. Always adding to the Senior and Executive management team with no impact to the company


  10. Good company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rovi (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people and potential to become a great company

    Cons

    Strategy keeps changing every quarter


  11. Helpful (5)

    IP company

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Leadership is trying hard to change the offering and position the company for the future. Good compensation and benefits

    Cons

    Core team of old guard has large influence on culture, positioning and internal processes. New people are brought in to drive change, but encounter large resistance.

    Advice to Management

    Split in IP and product / service company to drive change



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