Rovi Reviews

Updated August 14, 2015
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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. Software in a Data Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rovi full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    *Company is changing it's approach to software solutions, which means there is more opportunity to be involved in designing good, sturdy systems for content delivery. *Innovation as a part of the job, is always welcomed. *Work environment is friendly and most managers are willing to help you grow in your career.

    Cons

    *Growth isn't as exponential as in most software companies *The software process might not be appealing to most developers as it is not as coding-intensive as one might expect at first. Although this is rapidly changing, it is hard to estimate the momentum of this change.


  2. Not too many complaints

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Rovi (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friday breakfast. Employee stock plan/

    Cons

    Recent company news. Lost mid year bonus.

    Advice to Management

    Get a new board of directors.


  3. Helpful (3)

    A company struggling for its future and identity

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Rovi full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits, work flexibility. Interesting industry, entertainment, acquisitions. You get to learn a lot about the patent/IP world (whether you want to or not!). There are some extremely talented folks, if you can avoid the politics and frequent poor management decisions you could do well at Rovi.

    Cons

    While the company has real potential, it carries a lot of baggage of buying and gutting companies of their high potential. If you are a product-minded person, it's hard to find pride in the IP strategy of this company. The vertical business groups don't work well together at all and there's an over abundance of VP-level sales & management that are non-technical working in a very technical environment. Very high-turnover, both through layoffs and people leaving due to high frustration level of Rovi. It's generally very hard to find seasoned subject-matter experts in the company due to the high rate of technical staff turnover. Many layoffs are ill advised (or not under advisement at all) which actually leads to higher cost and jeopardizes customer accounts.

    Advice to Management

    Buy low, sell high. Imagine a company that has a foundation of solid products and business practices as a foundation, then the IP portfolio is the icing on top (not the other way around).


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  5. significant long-term upside

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rovi full-time

    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


  6. Helpful (12)

    Where careers, ideas, acquisions, and patent lawsuits go to die.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Cool teammates. Although near the end this did not matter since the entire team was laid off! If you do high-profile work and get invited to the annual President's Club trip, it's an experience of a lifetime. If not for Rovi I would not have received an all expenses paid trip to Turks & Caicos! I never understood why I was invited to attend, the executives kept to themselves and did not mingle with the employees so nobody was ever able to make any sense of it. Free food and lodging and casino though!

    Cons

    Most of my teammates including my manager were laid off late last year. The survivors and I were never informed why. The project was still underway and scheduled to continue. We were asked to take on the work of the entire departed team in exchange for Big Things in the annual review. After busting my butt for yet another Rovi product that did not ship and is used by exactly No customers, no Big Things were granted. So I took my patent plaques and left. Morale is really bad here. Firings are nonstop. Every fired engineer is replaced by a new vp. There are more vp and lawyers at Rovi than anyone else. No code is ever shipped. No products ever delivered. A previous manager once said the engineering organization existed to brainstorm patents not ship code. There is not even a mechanism for getting anything to market here. That manager was fired too long ago.

    Advice to Management

    Rovi is a patent trolling company that is now losing patent cases. The stock is down 50%. People are quitting or getting fired left and right. There are 3-4 vps for every engineer. There is not a single product in the world that anyone can buy, use, or see from Rovi. It is all patent licenses and lawsuits, all consumer businesses were sold (for a loss) in 2013 and 2014. My advice to management is to convert all remaining software developers to VPs (so there is a 1:0 ratio of VP to engineer) and relocate the company to Turks and Caicos since at that point everyone will be eligible for Presidents Club.


  7. Helpful (9)

    It's all true

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Rovi full-time

    Pros

    The paycheck was always deposited on time.

    Cons

    Everything you read on Glassdoor is true.

    Advice to Management

    Call it a day and lean the company down to just being an IP based lawsuit company. That's what the Plano office is all about anyway.


  8. Helpful (12)

    Dont waste your time here ..

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    --Free breakfast weekly once --Employee Stock plan --benefits health

    Cons

    --Layoffs and Reorgs almost every 3-4 months .Employees live under the constant fear of loosing their jobs and that dreaded email or 1-1 meeting with the management . --Company is spending money on adding fancy huddle rooms /meeting rooms /live stations to show off their products when on the other hand people who worked on making those products that are being displayed are laid off due to cost cutting .(there are more meeting rooms than people using them ) --higher ups who dont know 'A' of development are heading bunch of development teams. -- Outsourcing everything --Acquires companies without proper strategy and thinking and fails to integrate .

    Advice to Management

    Think before you reorg and layoff people , not every one enjoys that fat pay check and have the economic stability as higher ups . give them enough transition time atleast 3-5 months as its not easy for people on work visa to find another job within month .


  9. Helpful (14)

    Bad experience

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits and salary were ok but lower than Valley standard. Nice cafeteria.

    Cons

    The company hired me and other highly skilled engineers on full-time positions to finish a project in 6-9 months (from inception to deployment) and then fired half the team to reduce expenses and get it out the door. Bad senior software management, without hands on software development and best processes/practices knolwedge, sexist, favoring bachelors and lacking inclusion for skilled software employees with families. Quality of company management is reflected in the bad compamy outlook and stock price. Stay away from this sinking ship.

    Advice to Management

    Fire all technical management and get great managers with hands-on knowledge and very good people skills!


  10. Helpful (25)

    Company in desperate need of a Jerry Maguire moment.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Data in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good range of benefits. Stock plan is very profitable for the savvy investor types.

    Cons

    Low morale has almost completely stopped work flow. Constant layoffs and outsourcing. Many employees in my office work 2nd jobs. Managers and employees are too afraid to speak their minds. New culture initiative is just PR for the investors. They are not making any meaningful changes to actually solve the culture problem. The culture of fear will not change when upper-management is shielded from all criticism. All forums for employee input have disappeared. Low level employees are treated like the enemy. ~1-2% annual raises while CEO pay skyrockets. Company does not behave morally. Company does not have any interest in retaining employees.

    Advice to Management

    There is more to life than money. Stop and ask yourselves how you made so many passionate hard working people hate their jobs. You have created a toxic environment where no one fights for anything for fear of retaliation. There seems to be no passion for anything but money. The sacrifices people are being asked/forced to make are cruel. You have lost all trust and I dont think there is a path for you to earn it back. Resign?


  11. Helpful (20)

    Dysfunctional leadership

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Rovi full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great potential with a who’s who list of customers, nice colleagues, flexible hours, good cafeteria, free & great catered Friday breakfast.

    Cons

    Easily one of the most dysfunctional companies, without leadership accountability. They just lay off people as an easy solution whenever something doesn’t go well. Constant layoffs lead to ever-changing directions, short-term focus, survival games, severe knowledge discontinuity & gaps, huge spending on myriad consultants to fill knowledge gaps, lower productivity, frequent product delays, higher recruiting and training costs, lower morale, and employees’ animosity toward management (shown by extremely low Glassdoor.com rating). These side effects result in underperformance and more layoffs, reinforcing the layoff culture.

    Advice to Management

    It’s virtually impossible to realize the Company’s great potential in the digital media without breaking the layoff-underperformance-layoff vicious cycle. This can only happen with a significant change of governance structure.



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