Rovi Reviews

Updated September 9, 2014
Updated September 9, 2014
188 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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 18 reviews)


Cons
  • No work-life balance if you are on the RES team (in 7 reviews)

  • Senior Management seems to be set on destroying the company (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    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 for more than a 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
  2. 7 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 for 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
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Really good, can't complain.

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    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 for more than a 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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  5. 7 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 for more than a 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
  6. 6 people found this helpful  

    Poor Management, Years of Technical Debt, and a Sweatshop Culture make ROVI a poor choice

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

    I worked at Rovi full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good salary, bonus, and benefits

    Cons

    Poor Management
    Years of Technical Debt
    Sweatshop Culture
    Extremely high turnover rate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're listening to the wrong people and ROVI will never be a top tier software shop until this changes
    The institutionalized bad behavior of your middle management team will ultimately cost you more than you think

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    A healthy work environment

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Rovi full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Rovi's Santa Clara office is a healthy work environment. Competitive salary & benefit packages, flexible work schedules, and typically kind co-workers.

    Cons

    The company has recently been described as a patent troll in the press, and although they are not the worst offender out there, Rovi has earned that reputation. (This may be considered a "Pro" if you are a Patent Attorney looking for steady work.)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 6 people found this helpful  

    Constant State of Chaos and Lack of Direction: Fragile NOT Agile

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

    I worked at Rovi full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good compensation and benefits package
    Some really great people who are being sucked dry by poor, insecure and often toxic managers
    It sounds like a really cool and leading edge place to work but it's not

    Cons

    Leaders who instill fear in employees to avoid actually being leaders
    Decision-making is always in response to the market instead of in front of it resulting in priorities changing on a dime constantly
    Archaic and (obsolete in some cases) infrastructure and systems make it impossible to be flexible and adjust to changing priorities
    Toxic managers swoop in and create more chaos to make themselves look good rather than proactively work on solving problems and building and leading teams
    There's very little investment in people development
    Additional work is often piled on without the resources to help complete it but an expectation that it will be done or else
    Rovi claims to lead the way in the discovery and personalization of digital entertainment however there's nothing entertaining about working for this organization. It should be FUN but it's NOT
    Very little work-life balance but lots of stress

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to the Board of Directors is to take a hard look at the executive management team top to bottom and start turning it over. This team preaches change and improvement however it is not materializing fast enough. Eventually customers will churn and start working with other companies who have invested in their core business with leading technology and a top-notch management team who are more than capable of leading their businesses (and the people who support them) to success. Also, don't be afraid to spend money on improving infrastructure and archaic systems. There is benefit in the long run however the current management team thinks mostly about today and not tomorrow.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    not sure what anyone does here?

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    Former Employee - Embedded Software Sales  in  Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Embedded Software Sales in Burbank, CA

    I worked at Rovi full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Steady paycheck
    Some good people in the "working" departments.

    Cons

    Upper management constantly telling employees to leave.
    No room for career progression.
    No vision for the future, acquires companies to get technology then sells them off.
    Company outsources core jobs to make up for lost earnings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    board members need to clean house.
    The place is a money pit and has no future vision . nor do they deliver on their products on time.
    You cant create a culture if you don't know what one is,
    Management out of touch with workers, Never see management just have a conversation with anyone.

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

    Going Nowhere Good Fast

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rovi

    Pros

    Decent benefits, good hours, and for the most part for lower level employees, great coworkers trying to make the best of a terrible situation.

    Cons

    Everything from the supervisors going up. This is a very top-heavy company where the CEOs are constantly changing their strategy with little to no regard for the employees and how they are keeping up with the work. The pay is ridiculously low, and the stress and aggravation from supervisors and managers who go out of their way to create a hostile work environment do not make it worth staying for any length of time. There is very limited career growth opportunity. Despite claims that they are working on the culture, morale and trust is at an all-time low. Bully and threatening behavior is a norm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus your strategy and actually pay attention to all the lower level employees you currently ignore. Stop rewarding bad behavior on the part of supervisors all in the name of results for the current quarter and you might actually retain some of the amazing talent you have left.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Ups and Downs

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rovi full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great work/life balance (at least for my team), decent compensation, nice atmosphere with some really great co-workers,

    Cons

    Making the clients happy is, of course, the focus, but there has to be limits. They don't really believe in their "lower" employees, and typically hire outside for leadership positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Believe in your people and give them a chance. Many of them will surprise you with what they can do.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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