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Rovi Reviews

Updated November 25, 2014
Updated November 25, 2014
207 Reviews
2.6
207 Reviews
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Rovi President & CEO Tom Carson
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128 Ratings

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. 6 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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.  

    Solid company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Content Editor in Radnor, PA
    Former Employee - Content Editor in Radnor, PA

    I worked at Rovi part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    a company that is trying hard to stay on top of the trends

    Cons

    a good place to work but there is always room for improvement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Work-Life Balance (Golden Office Only)

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

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

    Pros

    Low to mid-level management are great and always willing to work with you to ensure you have resources to work with as well as ensuring team cohesiveness. Working from home is always an option, great vacation and sick time, yearly bonuses and a fun office environment that borders on friends and family than simply co-workers.

    Cons

    The best office in the entire company exists in Golden, Colorado which is what this review is based on. There the on-site management really seems to care about their employees. Unfortunately, this attitude is not shared by anyone above the director level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Specifically to executive management: employees are not expendable. The work we do enables the company to be successful. When you treat your employees with disregard, it brings morale down. Happy workers are more likely to really work hard to achieve all road mapped goals the company seeks to meet.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 7 people found this helpful  

    10 or more organizational changes in 9 months

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

    I have been working at Rovi

    Pros

    If you are in a stable time (which is utopia in rovi), you can enjoy good work-life balance, decent salary and benefits.

    Cons

    Too many organizational changes.
    There is a definite lack of :
    Clarity,
    Stable roadmap for product,
    Goal alignment between top tier -> middle tier -> Managers and Engineers
    Employes get affected due to these sudden changes in the product direction, changes in org structure or worst get axed (all due to management failure).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Why do Disc tool and other such reviews if nothing ever changes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good Benefits, but do not let if fool you the company has no class

    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Golden, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Golden, CO

    I have been working at Rovi full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The discretionary time off was a huge deal for me. The healthcare benefits are really good.

    Cons

    The upper management of this company is constantly changing. Rovi is a company build up by Acquisitions, and have never had a Software team to successfully build a product under their management direction; hence, anytime the company plans to change direction with a Product your job is in danger.

    Even though the company was discussing a direction of having the Engineer team build a new Cloud Platform. It planned all along to acquire a start-up company and lay-off engineers with only a day notices. This company lacks class.

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

    Lots of improvements to make..

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

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

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, unlimited vacation and freedom to work from home as needed, ask and you shall receive in regards to materials/work necessities, good culture within teams. improved hiring on HR/Communication teams.

    Cons

    Where to begin? Upper level management has no idea what lower level employees are doing, lack of appreciation for non-managers, plenty of high level execs/VPs/SVPs, but little knowledge of what happens below them, no REAL leadership coming from any specific direction, ZERO culture company-wide, constant re-orgs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to know what your employees actually work on, and appreciate all the work they put into YOU looking good.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great work place. Good benefits.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rovi

    Pros

    Good Benefits. Good work culture.

    Cons

    Cross group initiatives across projects and long term research

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on r&d

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Outsourced but healthier and happier.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Radnor, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Radnor, PA

    I worked at Rovi full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    There are some talented people eager to make processes and systems better. Benefits are decent. Working from home an accepted option.

    Cons

    Work-life balance was horrid. Archaic systems or systems that were never integrated properly from mergers and acquisitions that required too much time and effort to maintain. Personnel resources were stretched thin. I spent too much time checking in from home ore being contacted after hours for support that it hurt my family life. Rovi strived to go "global" but didn't account for the personnel to support the time zone differences.
    I never felt I was truly mentored on management policies or processes or given the opportunity to expand my area of responsibility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work closer with your middle managers on policies and procedures to give them the tools to succeed. As you try to grow and expand, consider what the resources that are needed to support the infrastructure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great talent

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

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

    Pros

    Great talent. Very smart people.

    Cons

    Lots of changes in the management. Low growth potential. Cheap on hiring

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to the people on the ground and get the real sense of the people you want to promote.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. 13 people found this helpful  

    truly toxic. like seriously bad.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Burbank, CA

    I have been working at Rovi full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    .Health benefits, both pre- and post-layoff
    .Robust severance packages and layoff perks
    .Free assistance with packing/moving of personal items after being fired
    .Onsite grievance counselors and morale coaches for "Layoff Wednesdays"

    Cons

    .Offices like ghost towns. Rows of empty cubicles at some sites
    .Constant management churn at all levels
    .Reorgs every few months, accompanied by wild changes in strategy
    .No understanding of when products will ship, or who will use them
    .Ongoing, random, CONSTANT layoffs. Truly depressing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It becomes unbearable wondering when your number will be called. Hearing about friends and colleagues being axed on a weekly basis. Having to reschedule meetings because the meeting room has been commandeered by HR for severance discussions, or because the person who originally scheduled the meeting was suddenly laid off. Seeing former teammates being walked out by security, in tears, their personal belongings in a small box. The number of times you are in a meeting with someone, and a few hours later you see him/her in tears packing up to leave. It all seems so random, and such a cruel and unnecessary part of the corporate culture ! Advice to management: Please publish a schedule or timeline so teams know when they will be cut. Thank you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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