TVWorks LLC Reviews

Updated September 9, 2014
Updated September 9, 2014
7 Reviews
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  1.  

    Awesome place to work!

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Mill Valley, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mill Valley, CA

    I worked at TVWorks LLC full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Agile development
    Frequent introspection to improve development process that works!
    No fear of spending time/money/resources on automation testing & delivery
    Generous VM allocations, felt like almost infinite resources were available
    Personal, friendly relationship with direct managers
    Frequent week-long Hack-a-thons

    Cons

    Mill Valley, CA office was consolidated into the Sunnyvale, CA office, so basically all the talented engineers living in Marin went to work for more local companies such as Glassdoor, Twitter, Netflix etc.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Future of Interactive Television.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Mill Valley, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mill Valley, CA

    I have been working at TVWorks LLC

    Pros

    Competitive software development keeps the job interesting. The company allows for a great work/life balance. Scrum and rapid development processes have been recently introduced. This shows management is actively seeking new opportunities to streamline and improve application concept to production release.

    Cons

    Slow move to wide deployment of applications.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a path for employees to seek opportunities for further career growth. Introduce useful mentoring program.

    Recommends
  3.  

    manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at TVWorks LLC full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    great place to work. Loved it. Miss the people.
    Sometimes you don't know what you have until it is gone.
    Loved the people i worked with. They were smart and passionate.

    Cons

    The president destroyed the company. When she came in we all had such high hopes but within 3 years the place was shut down. A big part of the blame for that, in my mind, resides with her. No vision, bickering VP's, never made a decision always looking for consensus. Consensus is good but once in a while you need to take charge and make a decision.

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    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    TVWorks LLC (Platform Division of Comcast CVS)

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    Former Employee - Software Developer  in  London, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in London, ON (Canada)

    I worked at TVWorks LLC full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The president who transformed TVP into an Agile organization is someone I would work for again in a heart beat. Almost everyone at the company was nice and some were exceptionally bright and generous in sharing their knowledge. It was an excellent place to learn about Agile, about Test Driven Development, and about leadership. The benefits and compensation were excellent.

    Cons

    There are many roles to play in a software shop and those who excel in their roles are worth their weight in gold. However there must also be a golden ratio of non-developers to devs--certainly 6:1 is too high. There were many excellent coders--but not enough to produce the amount of value needed to justify the whole business unit.

    Those who managed coders often did not have the time or the expertise to evaluate people's work. Weak coders prospered and were often given bonuses, raises, and promotions. A few destructive individuals wreaked a lot of havoc with no fear of being fired.

    The organization was "siloed" and the Waterfall culture was deeply entrenched. Transferring blame for the same old failures onto Agile didn't make them go away.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't build a business unit with three completely separate organization charts in it. Keep engineering managers with their teams and have them focus on the coders and the code. Lock the meeting rooms and put the key in a box marked "in case of emergency break glass".

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    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    The Good Times are Over

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TVWorks LLC

    Pros

    Still a fair place to work in a limited market; nice people and atmosphere in downtown London; free coffee and low cost beverages (when available)

    Cons

    What once was an agile, exciting 'start up'-like dev shop has become a feeder for corporate giant Comcast; downsizing and many departures have weakened the company with more to come; who's left is the rest...and yet some departments are still management heavy and salary bloated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop following and start leading; Comcast will continue to import senior executives to do the job you ar unable to do.

  7.  

    Good Company over all, but needs better management.

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    Current Employee - Software Developer  in  London, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in London, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at TVWorks LLC

    Pros

    It is a good company, very relax working environment, reasonable benefit packages. People working here are very nice and helpful. And you also have chance to develop your own skills.

    Cons

    Maybe it is because of the downturn of current economy situation, or because of the flattening of the organization, we have had lots of changes in last year which I think is not quite good for a stable company. And for some reason, some products are being moved out of this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the team and company stable, keep as many products as you can, products are the life of the company. Also, shifting products among teams is also not good.

    Recommends
  8.  

    A great place to work

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    Current Employee - Software Developer  in  London, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in London, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at TVWorks LLC

    Pros

    TvWorks is a great place to work. It was formed as a joint venture between Comcast and Cox Communications consisting of 3 divisions: TvWorks Application division based in Mill Valley California, TvWorks Integration division based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and TvWorks Platform division based in London, Ontario Canada. I work for the Platform division. Small disclaimer: The first two companies were previously independent companies before being acquired, so I don't know if what follows applies to the other divisions.

    Why is it a great place to work? For starters the people here are incredibly talented... the tech talent pool in London is pretty big with 4 Universities within an hour's drive, and that translates into not only great learning opportunities but also opportunities to really 'strut your stuff', which is very encouraged. The company encourages it's employees to innovate and be creative as much as they expect the work to get done. Combine this with the fact that the company has almost doubled in size in two years (and is still growing) and this means there are plenty of opportunities. Career progression is generally based on merit, with few exceptions.

    Benefits include a patent reward program, referral bonuses, performance bonuses (tied to personal achievements and company performance), a very generous benefits package (including Medical, Dental, and Vision), RRSP contribution matching, free beverages, foosball in the lunch room, a health and wellness benefit package, and free company summer picnics and Holiday party. They encourage employees to further their learning by taking courses and designations, and will often pay for it if it's related to your job. The company also is very active in charitable giving within the community, and often donates prizes to employees that give the most.

    Hours are pretty flexible, some people work 7am-3pm, others 11am-7pm, others 9am-5pm. Rarely do they ask for more although they generally provide breakfasts/lunches/dinners and time-in-lieu if you do.

    After re-reading this, it really sounds like an advertisement for TvWorks. I definitely don't work in HR, but I do think this is a very top-notch company to work for.

    Cons

    There aren't too many, my experiences here have generally been very positive. A few items come to mind though.

    Don't expect to get a lot of leadership mentoring or management grooming, but as much as this is lacking there is an abundance of technical mentoring available.

    Although politics within the office I find is generally very little, politics between the other divisions can sometimes be very high, which can sometimes make for a lot of frustration. Depending on what you're working on, your exposure to this can range from very little to a lot, but in fairness the company is trying to fix this, and it is a lot better than it used to be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're over-worked, hire more of you!

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