Rovi Reviews

Updated July 29, 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. Helpful (2)

    Concerned

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

    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.


  2. Two thumbs way up

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rovi full-time

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  3. Good company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people and potential to become a great company

    Cons

    Strategy keeps changing every quarter


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  5. Helpful (5)

    No Products

    Former Employee - Program Manager in Radnor, PA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Radnor, PA

    I worked at Rovi

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    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


  6. significant long-term upside

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Rovi full-time

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

    Pros

    great recent additions to leadership and solid business strategy. first-rate benefits, flexible working environment. TONS of upside for the company...

    Cons

    Some challenges with long-time middle mgmt embracing new products direction, but problem is self-correcting with normal churn and smart new hires/internal promotions


  7. Helpful (4)

    IP company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President in San Jose, CA

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

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

    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


  8. Helpful (3)

    Senior Director

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are very fair. Vacation time policy is also nice. I like my boss a lot, he is reasonable and fair and a really nice guy. I also like the people I work with.

    Cons

    Management changes are frustrating. Many layoffs and downsizing events have occurred. Never clear who is leaving. Stock price continues to wallow.

    Advice to Management

    HR department is poor in my opinion. Seems like they blow smoke - which is not atypical for HR in general. Lots of consultant-speak from some execs. Some on the senior management team seem to have a sense of entitlement which is frustrating...


  9. Helpful (8)

    Outsourcing Central

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rovi

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, flexible hours, worthy product.

    Cons

    Low end of the pay scale for my position, outsourcing jobs overseas is S.O.P., directionless executives are an albatross.


  10. Helpful (6)

    Managment's Plan : "Look at the new, shiny object"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Radnor, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Radnor, PA

    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

    - Good pay, bonus and benefits package - Generous employee stock purchase plan - Free food, pretty often - Low stress and flexible work schedule

    Cons

    - Jumping from project to project : "New, Shiny Object" - Poor product management, zero customer input used - Release/deployments are a joke, for a company that does this constantly you would hope they stop making the same mistakes over and over. - Buying companies and never fully integrating the software or people

    Advice to Management

    Rely on the people you have and don't be afraid to let go of the people that do nothing. Outsourcing only works in certain situations, and it usually takes a long while to get teams up to speed in order to replace people. Most tech companies have realized this years ago, but Rovi seems like a tech company that is about 5 years behind the times in everything.


  11. Sr software engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.



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