Rovi Reviews

Updated June 26, 2015
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Rovi President & CEO Tom Carson
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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. Sr software engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rovi part-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. Typically good working conditions.

    Cons

    Constantly changing management direction.


  2. Heading in the right direction

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tulsa, OK

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

    Pros

    Smart people; narrowed focus on core competence; solid, aligned investments.

    Cons

    Challenged how to handle intellectual property balanced with product sales.

    Advice to Management

    Practice and live corporate values.


  3. Helpful (5)

    Has Potential

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woodbridge, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woodbridge, NJ

    I worked at Rovi (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good benefits and team gatherings. Free breakfast every Monday. Decent team enviornment.

    Cons

    Constant lay-offs, and no clear direction from management. No work-life balance. Management has a high turn-over.


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  5. Good company

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, great gym on site

    Cons

    hard to understand focus of the company with several re-orgs every year

    Advice to Management

    Finalize strategy and focus on it for at least a year to see results


  6. Helpful (3)

    Stay Away fire , Hire and Fire Company !

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rovi

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

    Pros

    Weekly catered free Breakfast .
    Employee stock options.
    Health benefits .
    work life balance depending one the team and project

    Cons

    1. Layoffs and Reorgs almonst every 4-6 months . They terminate position here and outsource projects to India .
    2. If The product has been implemented and is in maintenance mode or waiting for clients , they fire hard working engineers who worked on the project from scratch and outsource the entire project to cut the costs.
    3. They acquire companies only to realize that they cannot integrate with them / bad decision and realize the mistake after damage has been done.
    4. Why do hard earning engineers have to pay for management's mistake . If the management continues this way , only CEO and his army of VP's will be solely operating from here and managing people in other outsourced countries with all the offices in US ,UK shutdown in future .

    Advice to Management

    Have some brains and heart when u fire people , look at what your doing wrong and how it can be corrected , rather then getting rid of people for cost cutting and stock price increase .
    Nothing good can happen to the company as long as People like Tom carson and his VP's are operating . would not be surprised if other big company acquires ROVI in the coming future .


  7. Helpful (1)

    Sr QA Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There is employee stock purchase plan.

    Cons

    The managers and directors are not professional.

    Advice to Management

    Be professional, not personal.


  8. Helpful (11)

    Great coworkers, zero job security

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    Current Employee - Data
    Current Employee - Data

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I like my job and what I do there and my coworkers are intelligent, and interesting. It's a very laid-back atmosphere. We get a lot of free food and coffee. We get bonuses twice a year. The benefits, paid holidays and time-off are very good. My salary is better than most retail and restaurant work, but low for the position. Our managers are great!

    Cons

    In 2014 the CEO made 180 times what my coworkers and I made. The upper management also is grossly overpaid. New layoffs are announced every other month or so. The 1% raises are a joke. Many of my coworkers jobs are being outsourced and it's sad to see them leaving, but it's the only way we can afford to pay for the salaries of Tom Carson and his small army of VP's. It's a depressing environment, you never know who is going to get laid-off next.

    Advice to Management

    The upper management needs to thin itself out and take some serious pay cuts instead of getting rich at the expense of their workers. The workers are the talent of the company. Stop hiring short-term upper level people. Stop laying people off.


  9. Helpful (11)

    Needs Shskeup

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Good people; pay was competitive. Lots of talent that wants to contribute. But it needs to be led.

    Cons

    Too slow to market; money get wasted on repeating the same mistakes because 'new leaders' have preconceptions and make decisions based on poor judgement. Only to reverse their decisions months later. Zero accountability under Burke. Uneven accountability elsewhere. All the while product sales decline due to poor quality or stale value propositions.

    Advice to Management

    Vote the white proxy card, and bring some accountability and results now. In this era, saying you can't be profitable on any platform for 2 years either means you're making bad decisions or you don't know what you're doing.


  10. Helpful (4)

    Not nearly what they could be

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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

    Decent benefits, especially for those not used to the IT industry.

    Cons

    Major corporate strategy changes at least annually. Management is not nearly as good at integrating acquisitions as they think they are, resulting in a piecemeal selling or closing down of functions they decide aren't worth the effort.

    Advice to Management

    Understand that not everything is a project, and that trying to manage production functions witl project management tools slays cash cows.


  11. Helpful (5)

    Worked there several years.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA

    I worked at Rovi

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pay is good compared to rest of industry

    Cons

    Feel disconnected with Executive management

    Advice to Management

    When making business decisions, make inquiries with the lines staff. Expecially when it comes to layoffs. The analysis should be completed, who do you keep, who do you let go. Making wholesale layoffs based upon discontinued product lines have left significant holes in the institutional knowledge that is necessary to keep the business running smoothly. Also, adding acquisitions onto an already lean staff contributes to major strain onto the organization.



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