Rovi Reviews

Updated April 14, 2015
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  1. Great talent

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    • 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)

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

    Pros

    Great talent. Very smart people.

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

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

  2. Helpful (1)

    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 Management

    Focus more on r&d

  3. Helpful (21)

    truly toxic. like seriously bad.

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    • 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 a year)

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

    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 Management

    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.

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  5. Helpful (19)

    A truly depressing place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Flexibility in hours and scheduling. Good health benefits and good work/life balance.. I had a great direct manager. There was lots of free food in an attempt, I suppose, to boost morale.

    Cons

    A truly depressing place to work with terrible employee morale. The salaries are outrageously low for the level of background and skills required. There has been no clear company strategy since the retirement of previous CEO. Corporate decisions seems capricious at best and inept and desperate at worst. No room for advancement or development of new skills. Middle managers seem to have little understanding of or interest in the work of the people they oversee.
    The management currently seem intent on moving every possible job overseas.

    Advice to Management

    Articulate a clear set of company objectives. Pay salaries that don't feel insulting and demeaning.
    The company's problems seem so pervasive that it's hard to imagine how it's going to be able to pull itself out of its decline.

  6. Helpful (7)

    Prepare to be outsources

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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)

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

    Pros

    Free food and option to work remotely.

    Cons

    Everything but free food and option to work remotely.

  7. Helpful (23)

    We are the walking dead.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rovi full-time

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

    Pros

    Benefits and good pay. Amazing people aside from the revolving door of incompetent sociopaths at the executive level. Let me clarify: they are incompetent as businesspeople. They are extremely competent at their core inability to possess any emotion associated with having a conscience or what a religious individual would refer to as a soul.

    Cons

    Rovi spends a lot of money and time addressing morale. This would be a good thing if they didn't pay for it on our backs. There are semi-annual firings, the most recent of which being particularly brutal in that they outsourced over 100 positions to the Philippines ("engaging global support from outside vendors in data content management", I believe, was how they put it).

    Advice to Management

    Take a moral inventory.

  8. Helpful (9)

    Editor

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    Current Employee - Editor in Radnor, PA
    Current Employee - Editor in Radnor, PA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, a lot of smart and kind people.

    Cons

    Lack of transparency, poor management. The company is too divided.

    Advice to Management

    Ther need to take better care of their teams. Try to give the employees some reassurance and make them feel that they matter too. Way to often people feel disposable.

  9. Helpful (1)

    good space, challenging mix of tech

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

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

    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 Management

    focus on innovation

  10. Helpful (14)

    The land of outsourcing

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Schedule in Radnor, PA
    Current Employee - Schedule in Radnor, PA

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits are nice, vacation days are very good.

    Cons

    Systems don't work properly, there is a threatening feeling from some managers to their team's, no work stability and no opportunity to grow. Favoritism plays a huge role on promotions.

    Advice to Management

    Train your managers, they are very unprepared. Make employees feel empowered and give them the recognition they deserve.

  11. Helpful (13)

    Lack of Vision

    • 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)

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

    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 Management

    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.

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