TiVo
3.1 of 5 100 reviews
www.tivo.com Alviso, CA 500 to 999 Employees

TiVo Reviews

Updated Jun 11, 2014
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TiVo President, CEO, and Director Tom Rogers

Tom Rogers

(70 ratings)

52% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Work-life balance (layoffs aside) is pretty good, benefits are fine"
    in 13 reviews
  • "Good working environment, the people are friendly and cooperative"
    in 4 reviews
Cons:
  • "There is also BAD leadership at the upper management level"
    in 6 reviews
  • "Senior Management has a serious lack of vision"
    in 5 reviews
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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prostivo is best place to work. i love the people working in TiVo.

    ConsNeed to have knowledge of TV DVR and Some new technologies

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    Terrific! Had an internship here and they treated me very well!!!

    Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    Alviso, CA

    ProsThey were very good about letting me have flexible hours and even working from home. Lots of little perks, free fruit every other morning, the occasional team building excursion, received a team jacket, and even a free Roamio with Slide Pro remote (a product I did a fair amount of work on). Amazing company picnic. Everyone was ridiculously friendly and our boss really fought to make sure we weren't over worked (though, the team still got pushed pretty hard at times)...

    ConsCampus isn't the prettiest. Long hours, occasionally for prolonged periods of time (ie long hours for many weeks on end)... People emailing each other at 2 in the morning (and receiving replies!) due to very challenging deadlines.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't kill your developers! :P

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Friendly culture with the opportunity to make a difference

    Software Engineer - Automation (Current Employee)
    Alviso, CA

    ProsThe company size feels just about right. There's still somewhat of a startup mentality/feel and there are opportunities to make a big difference. They recognize those who put in extra effort.

    ConsToo many layers of management in some orgs and they too often seem to make decisions before consulting the technical experts.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe "cloud" isn't the answer to everything and there's no such thing as an off the shelf product that you simply install and it magically integrates into our custom business needs.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Fun but often frustrating

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)

    Pros- Challenging problems to solve
    - Many quality peers to enjoy working with and learn from
    - Company is flexible on many aspects of work (such as work from home, work remotely)
    - Pretty good benefits
    - Working on a real product with real customers

    Cons- Difficult to work with legacy code base
    - Many incompetent peers make some tasks frustrating
    - The inevitable question at parties: "You work at TiVo? They're still around?"

    Advice to Senior ManagementCull out the ineffective engineers (there are many of them) and pay the remaining quality engineers 20% more. The same or more work will get done.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Best place to work. Could be better.

    Member of Technical Staff (Current Employee)
    Alviso, CA

    Pros1. Work/Life balance.
    2. Decent salary.
    3. Lot of talent people around so you can have plenty of opportunities to learn.
    4. Perks and company events.
    5. Work is challenging.
    6. Late evening free food.

    Cons1. Fragmented UI code.
    2. Innovation is no more.
    3. Lot of legacy and complex code. Difficult to maintain.
    4. Lay offs.
    5. Contractors are more.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease fix UI code ASAP. Be aggressive with new contracts. Keep exploring more internationally.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A timid innovator with potential if the right people are given the chance.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSome really good people and a good product
    Nice perks and benefits
    Comfortable office, though a bit older
    Opportunity to excel with some hard work and persistence

    ConsSometimes poor communication between teams and management.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Nice place with large legacy code base

    Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    Alviso, CA

    ProsPeople-oriented, everyone gets a TV

    ConsDebugging by log analysis only

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    Loved working at TiVo

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Alviso, CA

    ProsGreat work environment, exciting products, smart people.
    Opportunities to learn new skills and to participate in alpha/beta testing.
    Good work/home balance, flexibility re: schedule and telecommuting.
    Employees treated with trust and respect - no micro-management, at least in my experience.

    ConsI fear that management is not investing enough towards TiVo's future and is not open to innovative ideas.
    Marketing effort seems half-hearted.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in advertising! TiVo has great products but people still ask "Is TiVo still around?"

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good work life balance. Good people.

    Business Development (Current Employee)
    Alviso, CA

    ProsFun technology, easy going culture. Amazing at throwing nice family oriented parties.

    ConsHard to read. Heading in 5 different directions at all times, yet lack of urgency. Caught in the middle between a startup and big company. Lacking at spending adequate quality time to plan and do things efficiently; instead always playing catchup in reactive mode. Far too much red tape (CYA) for this size company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDecide on a strategy then focus on execution. Take some risks. Delegate power to competent middle management / front line. If folks do not do their job then copy GE and let them move on to greener pastures.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    TiVo has not changed, felt like the company was on the downward spiral. I did somewhat enjoy my time there.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Pros- No micro managing
    - Company Events
    - Some managers (such as mine) are very knowledgeable and professional
    - Good balance of Work/Life

    Cons- Contractors treated poorly
    - No training
    - A lot of miscommunication

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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