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Rovi Reviews

Updated January 23, 2015
Updated January 23, 2015
221 Reviews
2.5
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Rovi President & CEO Tom Carson
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Review Highlights

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. 21 people found this helpful  

    A five star review, wow! (do you know how to read?)

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rovi full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lower management and individual contributors are highly motivated, sociable, and will consistently go above and beyond to deliver, not for the senior management lip service but because they recognize the team effort and camaraderie. It was a great place to work until about 2012 when many of the senior leaders who knew a thing or two about motivation evaporated.

    There once was a sense of camaraderie, of pride when talking about what you did for a living, but those days are done.

    Cons

    My fellow reviewer has waxed poetic in "Rovi: A Kafka-esque firm led by inept, feckless executive team that makes Terry Gilliam's "Brazil" look like sanity" and another has covered many salient points in the "Rearranging the Deck Chairs on the Titanic". The astute observer will note it was called "Titanic" and not the RMS Queen Mary, which went on to some level of greatness.

    There is a staggering number of resets and absolutely no courage on the part of management to make bets and take a leadership position in a market where it was once a pioneer. It can be argued that the Patent Portfolio has somewhat poisoned the well, but this company has time and again committed itself to being a product company without letting product owners actually vet visions and finish conducting its business. The latest round of seemingly socially-awkward leaders really do take the cake in running the business based on numbers and endless broad market research while actually minimizing customer interactions. Hey, guess who pays the bills?

    Check and balance are absent, and there is no demonstrable effort to actually learn this history - good or bad - and how we got to this point. There is no visible effort to interact with employee or have a decent hallway conversation. Any manner of professional courtesy is also out the window. Did I miss the memo that we hired Hal?

    The fact that I rated it 5 stars is actually a test. If you're the kind of person that looks at the top line without reading the details, you definitely deserve a shot at Rovi. It may just be the place for you.

    This place gets a 1 star rating, and I could put my Yelp hat on, I'd be whining about the absence of a ZERO star rating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop listening to consultants whose jobs are to extract more revenue by horse whispering. Stop focusing on fixing perceptions or artificially creating. Stop hinting at members of the change coalition to post positive reviews on Glassdoor. Have a shred of dignity.

    Make it a fun place to work, and make people WANT to come into the office by making it a socially interactive place. But, that isn't going to happen with the current crew.

    You know what though, I don't disapprove of Tom. He's been put in a tough spot but I respect his ability to engage. He just needs to have less clowns around him.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company to work for... If you can handle reorganization.

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    Former Employee - Applications Support Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Applications Support Engineer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits. Smart and friendly people.

    Cons

    Constant reorganization, occasionally internal politics gets in the way of getting things done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate more to your employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Data Analytics team rocks!!!!!!

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    Former Employee - Server Side Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Server Side Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    I had a wonderful time working for the Data Analytics team in Cambridge, MA. Awesome people around. Everyone is understanding and friendly. Awesome products. Healthy work-life balance. Good atmosphere. A very fresh team comprised of talented developers, quality engineers and data scientists.

    Perfect place for freshers and mid-level senior engineers. Great opportunities to learn and innovate and a chance to work on the latest big data technologies.

    Also, they are moving to even a bigger space in Boston area in Q1 2015, which is nice too.

    About company benefits:
    Good compensation.
    Good bonus plan.
    Awesome Employee Stock Purchase plan with 24 months look back.
    401k right from the join date.

    Cons

    No Cons. Really!!!!!

    For few personal reasons, I had to make a hard decision to move out from Massachusetts, but otherwise, I really enjoyed working for the Data Analytics group.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just continue encouraging the Data Analytics team.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Interesting Work, Good Colleagues

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Schaumburg, IL

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues.
    Work is in entertainment-related fields.
    Many opportunities to patent; intellectual property is part of Rovi's core business model.
    New ideas are valued, even if seldom acted on.
    Business environment is constantly changing, keeps things interesting.
    Good salary and benefits.

    Cons

    Company has become top-heavy with upper management.
    History of trouble getting products to market.
    Mixed track record with acquisitions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to provide greater transparency to the worker bees.
    Commit to a long-term strategy, don't change course so often.
    Become thought leaders in the industry.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 8 people found this helpful  

    One of the worst managed companies in the US

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Rovi full-time

    Pros

    Great assets, great installed base

    Cons

    The BoD and CEO are incompetent and have presided over the destruction of enormous shareholder value over the last four years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Run while you can......

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Rovi full-time

    Pros

    There are still some great folks working there but they are all looking for other jobs or hanging on to see if the company sells and they can make out well with their stock

    Cons

    Where to begin? I honestly don't think I've ever witnessed such an environment. It all starts at the top and how a BOD has kept such a group of management intact for this long is unreal.. Completely incompetent people in jobs that you find later that they only have because of a relationship with someone else entirely incompetent above them. Secrets everywhere...in every corner. All they really have is some aging patents to keep licensing and that's what keeps folks around. They couldn't organically engineer a product if it landed in their laps 95% complete (and that has actually happened several times). They don't have money to actually spend on budgets for their functional teams to progress. But they mysteriously get approvals for huge spending on consultants and contractors that continue to come in and tell them that "yes, indeed they are in serious trouble". If it wasn't so sad....it would be like some funny technology version of the Grand Budapest Hotel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think of your employees and your investors....then step down for everyone's sake. Or sell off your company quickly and let folks move on with their careers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 8 people found this helpful  

    You'll be gone when you either make too much money or if someone feels threatened.

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    Former Employee - Former Senior Reporter in Radnor, PA
    Former Employee - Former Senior Reporter in Radnor, PA

    I worked at Rovi full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Vacation, bonuses, the people you work with, for the part

    Cons

    Gestapo senior managers who tell you you don't care even though you volunteer to work til 2-3am sometimes making updates to their database so deadlines are met.
    Complete disconnect between management and employees.
    Too many managers who kiss up in the wrong places.
    Layoffs as soon as someone has too much tenure, or until they want to get cheap and siphon the work overseas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Liquidate the company. It's worthless. You let great people routinely go.

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

    Stick a fork in it because it's done

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    They will shower you in cash and stock if you are in the right social clique and/or have done favors for the right people.

    Cons

    Everything is in complete chaos. Engineering, IT, product management, sales, marketing, you name it... except legal (see below). No one in charge knows enough about the actual work being done to make an informed decision about anything. So if you have an idea or proposal, you literally must campaign for it and get votes. The person with the most votes wins. And you only get to lose once. Of course, the people you need to vote for your idea don't understand it either, so you have to lay the groundwork early by doing favors for them so that enough people will "owe you one" which you can then cash in at the right moment (quid pro quo). It's like working inside the HBO miniseries House of Cards.

    As a result, the culture is very secretive and blame-oriented. All information is on a need-to-know basis. No one works at Rovi, they survive Rovi. You survive by taking accountability for nothing. That way you can always blame someone else. Failure is not tolerated and will result in immediate termination.

    Rovi is not a technology company. Four-fifths of Rovi's annual revenue comes from patent litigation. They buy companies, strip them of their IP and sell off the remaining husk for whatever they can get. Engineering only exists so they can say in court that they are not "patent trolls" and are actually developing products.

    In the end, upper management truly doesn't care. They're all just out to take what they can for themselves while the ship goes down. The company has had more layoffs in the last 2 years than I've seen since the bubble burst in 2001. They laid off approximately 40% of the company in 2014 alone. They are clearly doing everything they can to make the company an attractive target for acquisition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I hope the money is worth it. I would not be able to look myself in the mirror if I were you. It's not just that you decided to have mass layoffs. But the brutal way you treat people, both while employed and during the layoff process, shows that there is something pathologically wrong with you. Everyone knows that you play favorites and are out to get certain people for unknown reasons. That's what high school kids do to one another, not adults in a professional setting. You should all be ashamed of yourselves.

    As for advice: You need to start over from the beginning. Define a set of core values and principles and then stick to them. Let go of your prejudices, intolerance, and the excuse that "all companies are this way". No, they're not. In the end, if you can't motivate yourself to put the interests of the company above your own, then do the noble thing and resign.

    Tom Carson (CEO): Take a close look at all those new open-ended contractor relationships that Rovi has engaged in to cover for the massive loss of employees. Take a very close look at them. Follow the money.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 7 people found this helpful  

    Job seekers- Take your talent elsewhere

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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

    Benefits are very good. Flexible work hours. Free Friday breakfasts.

    Cons

    Poor VP level leadership. Lack of clear strategy for company. No growth for employees. Never know when there will be additional layoffs- thus hard to plan for family future and security. In 2014 Rovi has been on a hiring spree of SVPs - problem is most don't know how to manage their teams and don't really know their area of expertise. Friends hiring friends - friend trumps expert in field. No corporate culture. Many don't take ownership and dump their work on jr people using their SVP or VP title as leverage to make jr people do their work. Can be laid off just for having a different type of personality. Lack of diversity is a big problem. People are put in charge in some groups that are incompetent which makes it hard for other employees to do an effective job.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Principal Software Engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rovi as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay. Freedom to be innovative.

    Cons

    Management is disengaged from reality. Everything is a knee jerk reation as they show no interest in knowing the details of the project.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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