Rovi Reviews

Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 2014
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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 20 reviews)


Cons
  • Very little work-life balance but lots of stress (in 8 reviews)

  • Upper management constantly telling employees to leave (in 12 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    A good stable work environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    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

    Rovi has good, stable products known to the industry and consumers in their electronic programming guides Passport Echo and IGuide, used internationally. They're trying to grow for the future with their Analytics team and other initiatives.

    Cons

    Lack of innovation in their flagship products are causing a loss of revenue as customers look elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in the current "cash cows" of Passport Echo and IGuide to maintain your base while also investing in future products.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Rearranging the Deck Chairs on the Titanic

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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 an year)

    Pros

    Very talented software engineers, QA engineers and architects. Some of the best people I have ever worked with in my career during my 2.5 years at Rovi.

    Good benefits, flexible time off and industry standard pay.

    Ability to evaluate new technologies and incorporate into new projects.

    Cons

    Clueless executive team with no vision on how to move the company forward.

    Multiple reorganizations and layoffs during my 2.5 years at Rovi.

    Bad downsizing decisions (layoffs in 2012 resulted in majority of remaining QA engineers leaving Rovi for better positions elsewhere)

    Bad outsourcing decisions (large amounts of money, time, and effort were spent ramping up and training Shanghai and Mumbai engineering teams only to have those locations closed within a year)

    Denison Organizational Culture survey results continue to show major issues within the company with little or no improvement even after working with management consulting firms to fix the identified issues.

    Department heads staking out territory for their teams to get window area seating forcing existing teams of people in those areas to be relocated to vacant cubes in other areas of the Burbank building.

    Bad employee morale. Everyone is wondering when the next layoff is going to occur.

    Exit interview conducted by phone with HR rep in Santa Clara office even though the Burbank HR team was located within 50 feet of my desk.

    Inability to recruit and retain engineering talent. Engineers were resigning faster than they could be replaced.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Board of Directors are enablers in allowing the current executive team to steer the company towards the iceberg. They need to clean out the executive suites and replace upper level management with people who have a clue on how to run a company.

    Sell off assets which are not contributing to the bottom line.

    Otherwise, history books will include the following entries:
    World Disasters
    1912: RMS Titanic: Captain Edward J. Smith
    2012: Costa Concordia: Captain Francesco Schettino
    2015: Rovi: CEO Tom Carson

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 14 people found this helpful  

    We are the walking dead.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rovi full-time

    Pros

    Benefits and good pay. Amazing people aside from the revolving door of incompetent sociopaths at the executive level. Let me clarify: they are incompetent as businesspeople. They are extremely competent at their core inability to possess any emotion associated with having a conscience or what a religious individual would refer to as a soul.

    Cons

    Rovi spends a lot of money and time addressing morale. This would be a good thing if they didn't pay for it on our backs. There are semi-annual firings, the most recent of which being particularly brutal in that they outsourced over 100 positions to the Philippines ("engaging global support from outside vendors in data content management", I believe, was how they put it).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a moral inventory.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    good space, challenging mix of tech

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    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Lots of smart people, complex mix if you like it

    Cons

    sometimes feels only bottom line oriented. completely sales driven, less innovation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus on innovation

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 10 people found this helpful  

    The land of outsourcing

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    Current Employee - Schedule in Radnor, PA
    Current Employee - Schedule in Radnor, PA

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

    Pros

    Benefits are nice, vacation days are very good.

    Cons

    Systems don't work properly, there is a threatening feeling from some managers to their team's, no work stability and no opportunity to grow. Favoritism plays a huge role on promotions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your managers, they are very unprepared. Make employees feel empowered and give them the recognition they deserve.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Editor

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    Current Employee - Editor in Radnor, PA
    Current Employee - Editor in Radnor, PA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, a lot of smart and kind people.

    Cons

    Lack of transparency, poor management. The company is too divided.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ther need to take better care of their teams. Try to give the employees some reassurance and make them feel that they matter too. Way to often people feel disposable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 10 people found this helpful  

    Lack of Vision

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, especially the FTO plan. Fairly flexible work hours. Hardworking teams and people at the individual contributor level.

    Cons

    A fairly negative place overall. There is very little communication between teams, and it is very challenging to feel pride in your work when you see and hear so little of the results or feedback. I work in a fairly inward-facing part of the business, and very rarely hear client feedback or see the actual products in action.

    There is very little room for advancement, and no clear career-path or plan. The high turnover makes it difficult to create a strong network, and many promotions and hires seem arbitrary and confusing. Managers tend to work their team for their personal benefit and represent themselves, rather than their business unit or group. It can be very difficult to get clear direction, and misinformation is often communicated from managers to teams. This creates waste and disorganization, and also saps motivation.

    On a more subjective note, people around the office do not seem happy, and there is very littler camaraderie. My coworkers are very hard-working and care about the services and products, but the lack of clear company culture makes the personal environment rather cold.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create career paths and foster talent within the organization. Constant changes and restructuring has made employees lost faith, but by promoting and grooming talent from within the ranks, a home-grown "Rovi culture" can thrive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 18 people found this helpful  

    Rovi: A Kafka-esque firm led by inept, feckless executive team that makes Terry Gilliam's "Brazil" look like sanity.

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    Current Employee - Vice President in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Perhaps the most positive take-away is the realization that the current corporate trajectory is unsustainable. The combination of reactive leadership, precarious market position, and negligible growth opportunities define the current state of Rovi. Recently buoyed by easy money (witness the constant re-financing of Corporate Debt) and layoffs, leadership whimsically employs any and all parlor tricks to slide through each 10-Q call. Yet, much like a spin-stall in a light aircraft, the pilots who chart Rovi's attitude are running out of time. Every ham-fisted jerk at the controls means less and less to building value and decreases airspeed. Recovery into true growth performance would be nothing shy of miraculous. The Firm continually edges nearer that frightening moment when Bernoulli's Principle applies no more, and the stick goes dead in the hand... Current measurable value is dubious and debatable - arbitragers will pick the bones of the wreckage and move on.

    But, you ask: "what about the Patent Portfolio"? It is still there and has brought identifiable (if unimpressive growth) return to the revenue stream. However, Rovi's recent failed patent defenses against Netflix, Amazon, and Virgin Media illustrate the disturbing age and vulnerability of the IP portfolio. Why is this discussed in the "Pros" Column?!? Because it represents the firm's only solvent go-forward strategy. The New Product Development story gets much worse…

    Cons

    Rovi has struggled to keep pace with peers and continues to lose ground to competition across the product suite in guide, search & recommendation, advertising, etc.

    The C-suite has been through at least four executive strategy teams and myriad Consultancies' recommendations over the past couple of years as they struggle to determine the path forward and how possibly to execute to achieve market and revenue growth. Kind of like that friend we all know who is on his 4th or 5th wife: "What terrible luck! Your 5th bad wife in a row! Good thing it's not you..."

    Despite these brief "marriages" and the council they bring, the executive leadership team resorts to a short-term, reactive approach to management demonstrated by the continually changing tactics, ever-increasing executive turnover and firings, and tepid stated growth targets. Concrete execution plans are replaced with threats of demotion and firings leading to a culture of fear and recrimination. VP/Director level mid-managers end up selling each other out in e-mails and open inter-department calls in an effort to displace blame for the inevitable missed deadline or execution gaffe. Cliques form up as the latest golden-haired SVP rolls in and builds a new crew of "trusted advisors" engendering mistrust amongst those who survive dismissal, but are tied to "last year's cool kids". This cycle has continued for years at Rovi as the rearranging of the deck chairs carries on...

    Caught in the looming realization that new product development goals will be nigh on impossible to deliver against given resource issues and recent firings/demotions within the development team, leadership loses the innovation battle against far more nimble and market-savvy competitors such as TiVo, Comcast, and NDS, among others. Rovi now struggles to keep up against the Industry's rapid application and innovation development pace and simultaneous diminishing value the industry and customers assign to their product suite.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What investor in the world places value on +/- 5% growth targets with the inherent risk native to ROVI stock (1.9 Market Beta)?!? Treasuries perform almost as well and have nearly no risk.

    Culture: Recent Denison Organizational Culture Surveys results came in recently and were an abomination. Senior Leadership was appropriately spared no quarter in the employee-based review and HR is ineffectual and absent in allaying a growing sentiment of discontent in the workforce at every level. Water cooler talk is a panoply of "who's getting fired, what's wrong with our leadership?!?, what are we doing here?". In the end the Denison survey is simply more data about a diseased organization that will not be acted upon - see the trend???

    The executive leadership team has been given advice by many industry leaders, strategists, and outside consultants. They are unable to execute or follow any of this advice. So the advice now?!?:

    It goes to the Board of Directors:

    Resting and vesting time is over. Refinancing the debt does not correlate to growth. The Street needs an ROI story and 5% won't do it. Time to disaggregate the assets (not much outside of the IP portfolio) and sell them off to highest bidder. Time for The Board to do its only real job and redefine the C-Suite.

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

    Elitist Upper Management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great health insurance coverage....excellent stock options and company matching 401k. Work from home capabilities and unlimited vacation days.

    Cons

    Upper management does not acknowledge your presence if you are not one of them or have a fancy title or are a sales person. The expectation to go on a company retreat and be up at 6am and out till 12midnight and be expected to drink all night was unrealistic and unfair and if you didm;t do those things you were considered a bad employee and not being a team player.

    Job descriptions also change on weekly basis and one day you are hired to do one and the next day you are to do another.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your support staff with respect and they will be good to you!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 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

    I have been working at Rovi as a contractor (more than an year)

    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

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