TiVo Reviews

Updated September 24, 2014
Updated September 24, 2014
107 Reviews
3.3
107 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great people to work with! Great benefits and culture! Company is growing slowly and direction was unclear.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at TiVo full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great people, great place to work. I really enjoyed going to work. People were very collaborative and supportive. The benefits were great.

    Cons

    The company is growing slowly and with unclear direction from senior management. There is little opportunity for growth. Also, there aren't very many places to eat close by.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More transparency will help with the unclear direction.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Senior Account Payable Specialist

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    Current Employee - Senior Account Payable Specialist  in  Alviso, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Account Payable Specialist in Alviso, CA

    I have been working at TiVo full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Flexible hours, very nice team to hand around with and learns.
    Learn new materials.

    Cons

    More projects and date to date job to manage. Job duties and not devide equally with in the department. If you are good to have to take over more tasks,

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Sr AP Specialist

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    Current Employee - Senior Account Payable Specialist  in  Alviso, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Account Payable Specialist in Alviso, CA

    I have been working at TiVo full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    More advance month-end reconcile, temp & contractors have to book agianst projects.

    Cons

    Very tight schedule for month-end close

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should divide the jobs task equal

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Name recognition, little else

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    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff  in  Alviso, CA
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Alviso, CA

    I have been working at TiVo full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good place to work, a lot of smart people. Management is usually good at picking the right strategy (aside from several disasters with marketing campaigns).

    Cons

    Not profitable (really profitable, currently the profit is due to litigation wins spread over several years). Very limited 401k matching. The DVR sector will shrink start to shrink as more and more people opt out of Cable TV (cord cutters) and pick online streaming such as Vudu, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and AppleTV.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more on innovation. Cut down excessive bureaucracy, let the engineers solve the problems and deliver quality product.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great people to work with, compensation isn't the best

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    Current Employee - QA Engineer  in  Alviso, CA
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Alviso, CA

    I have been working at TiVo full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The people you'll work next to are great.

    Cons

    Compensation does not always trickle down.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Political, Aimless, Whimsical

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    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff  in  Alviso, CA
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Alviso, CA

    I worked at TiVo full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    People at the middle level are pleasant but not particularly productive.
    Benefits and pay are good.
    Culture is good if you are looking for a 10 to 4 job.
    They give RSUs because the options would be worthless.

    Cons

    The CEO is a bully who comes up with some of the worst ideas imaginable and if you disagree he excludes you from the meetings and then fires you. He prefers younger weaker execs he can push around.

    The CEO pays himself more than $10 million a year and the stock has been in the same range for most of the time he has been there.

    Compensation is very good at or above the director level and it is used as a bribe to force your compliance. Most of the people around you understand that and do not fight publicly for what is right.

    You are forced to learn a lot of skills that you don't want to know, like how to keep quiet, how to say yes to bad ideas, how to ignore data and numbers.

    The rate of innovation is not fast enough to compete with the major players.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    A consultant's Nightmare

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at TiVo as a contractor

    Pros

    Not much regular start-up environment

    Cons

    The IT teams assumes it's consultants to be Geniuses and all knowing Gods, well the other colleges who are Full timers here treat you a rats.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    you guys cant change.

  9.  

    QA Tester

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at TiVo

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Need to have knowledge of TV DVR and Some new technologies

  10.  

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

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Alviso, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Alviso, CA

    I worked at TiVo as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    They 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)...

    Cons

    Campus 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 ManagementAdvice

    Don't kill your developers! :P

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Friendly culture with the opportunity to make a difference

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer - Automation  in  Alviso, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer - Automation in Alviso, CA

    I have been working at TiVo full-time

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The "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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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Outside view of the TiVo headquarter office located in Alviso, San Jose, CA (Photo by Coolcaesar - available under CC-BY-NC-SA 3.0 & GFDL, v1.211)

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