Rovi Reviews

Updated April 14, 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, 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. Good people, good atmosphere but faulty workflow.

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    Current Employee - Operations Associate in Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Operations Associate in Tulsa, OK

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great co-workers and environment to socialize with co-workers. coming to work isn't a problem. depending on your interest, the company could very well teach you something. unless you're always meeting and greeting people, the office attire is very casual, which is nice to have.

    Cons

    Everything take about quadruple the time to get done since so many people need to approve anything. Just like anything in corporate, there are budget cuts across the board.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your reporting staff before you make a decision on anything!

  2. Helpful (13)

    Rovi grabs and discards shiny things...sort of like a baby

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    Former Employee - Schedule Editor in Radnor, PA
    Former Employee - Schedule Editor in Radnor, PA

    I worked at Rovi full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits...flexible hours...talented people (well before they were all outsourced)

    Cons

    Chaos...corporate topheaviness...illconsidered outsourcing decisions...ugly politics...nonexistent investment in infrastructure

    Advice to Management

    If your goal is buy exciting enterprises and ideas...strip them of anything worthwhile...fail to incorporate what they offer...and then dump the remains...then keep right on doing what you are doing...and if you have anything that has been around too long...just trash that on general principle because nothing matters but the innovate

  3. Software Engg

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rovi

    Pros

    Nice place to work with good opportunities

    Cons

    Nothing that I can think of

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  5. Great place to work - Boston, MA location

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Rovi

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    This is a review for the Boston, MA location. The office is state of the art in the heart of downtown (Fort Point/Seaport area). You will work with some really smart and talented engineers who are dedicated and motivated for the team to succeed.

    - Parking and commuter passes available
    - Competitive pay
    - Great benefits
    - Unlimited vacation
    - Small company feel backed by a larger public company
    - Innovative; you'll have a chance to be creative and express ideas

    Cons

    Nobody knows the company.

    Advice to Management

    Invest money into marketing the company in the Boston area. There is a lot of engineering talent in this competitive market. Rovi needs to differentiate itself from larger more established companies in the area.

  6. Helpful (14)

    Company in desperate need of a Jerry Maguire moment.

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    Current Employee - Data in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Data in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Rovi (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good range of benefits. Stock plan is very profitable for the savvy investor types.

    Cons

    Low morale has almost completely stopped work flow. Constant layoffs and outsourcing. Many employees in my office work 2nd jobs. Managers and employees are too afraid to speak their minds.

    New culture initiative is just PR for the investors. They are not making any meaningful changes to actually solve the culture problem. The culture of fear will not change when upper-management is shielded from all criticism. All forums for employee input have disappeared. Low level employees are treated like the enemy. ~1-2% annual raises while CEO pay skyrockets. Company does not behave morally.

    Company does not have any interest in retaining employees.

    Advice to Management

    There is more to life than money. Stop and ask yourselves how you made so many passionate hard working people hate their jobs. You have created a toxic environment where no one fights for anything for fear of retaliation.

    There seems to be no passion for anything but money. The sacrifices people are being asked/forced to make are cruel. You have lost all trust and I dont think there is a path for you to earn it back.

    Resign?

  7. Helpful (1)

    If you are fortunate enough to have an opportunity to work for Rovi...JUMP ON IT!!

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    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Tulsa, OK

    I worked at Rovi

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    GREAT people
    High morale
    Nice office
    Great cafe
    Free soda, coffee and tea
    Free, catered breakfast on Fridays
    Subsidized vending machines. (Everything is .25¢)
    Casual dress, (jeans)
    I could go on and on...

    Cons

    None that I'm aware of.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the GREAT work!!

  8. Helpful (7)

    Average Workplace

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    good work life balance, relaxed environment

    Cons

    lots of politics,
    lack of direction and vision
    constant layoffs
    outsourcing everything
    lots of middle level managers, directors, sr. directors etc who do nothing
    constant re-orgs and changes, no focus
    keeps on acquiring other companies and does nothing with them

    Advice to Management

    get rid of a lot of middle level managers, directors etc and save cost.
    invest in training your employees

  9. Helpful (16)

    Dysfunctional leadership

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great potential with a who’s who list of customers, nice colleagues, flexible hours, good cafeteria, free & great catered Friday breakfast.

    Cons

    Easily one of the most dysfunctional companies, without leadership accountability. They just lay off people as an easy solution whenever something doesn’t go well. Constant layoffs lead to ever-changing directions, short-term focus, survival games, severe knowledge discontinuity & gaps, huge spending on myriad consultants to fill knowledge gaps, lower productivity, frequent product delays, higher recruiting and training costs, lower morale, and employees’ animosity toward management (shown by extremely low Glassdoor.com rating). These side effects result in underperformance and more layoffs, reinforcing the layoff culture.

    Advice to Management

    It’s virtually impossible to realize the Company’s great potential in the digital media without breaking the layoff-underperformance-layoff vicious cycle. This can only happen with a significant change of governance structure.

  10. Helpful (13)

    Inept corporate leadership.

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    Current Employee - Data Entry in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Data Entry in Ann Arbor, MI

    I have been working at Rovi full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits. Annual bonuses and stock purchase plan available. My location's environment used to be vibrant and was staffed by intelligent, interesting people.

    Cons

    Executive officers are inept. Their solution for any problem is to outsource workers and hire more VPs. So far they have outsourced IT, HR, and now the bulk of their data services will be shipped to India. The structure is top heavy and lacks a coherent long-term strategy. Workers are left feeling that it is only a matter of time until their job is eliminated making for a toxic work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Simplify the managerial structure by eliminating excessive VP positions. Develop a coherent long-term strategy instead of simply reacting to momentary flux.

  11. Growing company with small company feel

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Rovi

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This is a friendly company. It is big, but not so big that bureaucracy gets in the way. After the recent reorganizations, the company seems to have a clear vision for the future.

    Cons

    IT support has been outsourced, which causes some technical issues when you first start.

    Advice to Management

    Keep focused on our products and core IP business. Continue to grow our business while improving our image. Continue to improve our talent by hiring more talented people.

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