TiVo
3.0 of 5 96 reviews
www.tivo.com Alviso, CA 500 to 999 Employees

TiVo Reviews

Updated Apr 18, 2014
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TiVo President, CEO, and Director Tom Rogers

Tom Rogers

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50% 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 12 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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Best place to work. Could be better.

Member of Technical Staff (Current Employee)
Alviso, CA

I have been working at TiVo full-time for more than 3 years

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)

I have been working at TiVo

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

I worked at TiVo full-time for more than a year

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

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

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

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at TiVo

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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Good work life balance. Good people.

Business Development (Current Employee)
Alviso, CA

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

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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Once a great company, now struggling to find its way

Member of Technical Staff (Current Employee)
San Jose, CA

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

ProsSmart and friendly engineers on the grass root level

ConsMediocrity becomes more evident on the higher management and technical leadership levels, after many management shuffling, mini-layoffs (which did not make sense), and voluntary leaving of many engineers to companies like Facebook, Google, etc.

Advice to Senior ManagementKnow your strengths and limitations, don't chase the buzz words in the industry that do not make sense to TiVo. Instead of having mediocre senior engineers dictating critical technical directions, give engineers on the grass root level more freedom in exploring new things.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great Place to work

Marketing Manager (Current Employee)
San Jose, CA

I have been working at TiVo full-time for more than a year

ProsWorking on interesting problems in a fast changing industry. Who can complain about making TV better for people.

Nice work/life balance. The company really does care about employees.

Customer focused. Much of the company is really focused on the end customer and how to make their experience better.

It is a good group of people to work with.

ConsSometimes chaotic. Many different projects going on at the same time. Many different people sometimes involved in relatively simple decisions.

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

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Friendly company with a start-up feel to it

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Alviso, CA

I worked at TiVo as a contractor for more than a year

Pros--Many parties, often with children and spouses invited.
--People are friendly and helpful.
--Strong customer focus
--Pay and benefits are good.

Cons--Still struggling to grow out of old processes and tools that are impeding its success.
--Hard to advance in this small company.
--Employees are often overworked.

Advice to Senior ManagementGet the silo groups, such as Engineering, to use same tools the people they work with do.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Best part about working here is the people

Project Manager (Current Employee)

I have been working at TiVo as a contractor for less than a year

ProsPeople are kind and helpful.

ConsSenior management are long time employees. Not much growth potential in the senior ranks.

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