TiVo Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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TiVo President, CEO, and Director Tom Rogers
Tom Rogers
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Pros
  • Once can have good work-life balance (in 15 reviews)

  • IT department offers challenges such as tough work environment, and open ended problems to solve (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • The company is growing slowly and with unclear direction from senior management (in 6 reviews)

  • Maybe a cable company here or there (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Great Place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alviso, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alviso, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing, Brilliant, Fun people to work with. Everyone works really hard on improving the product and culture. HR Team loves their employees and provides great family friendly events and benefits.

    Cons

    pay rates could be better. Slow in innovative movement.


  2. data scientist

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    Current Employee - Data Scientist in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Data Scientist in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at TiVo

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good management better place to work i love to my job

    Cons

    low salary offer and bonus


  3. software engineer

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at TiVo (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    easy work hours and not much work

    Cons

    boring work, just fixing bugs and code maintenance

    Advice to Management

    stop following the competittion and lead


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  5. Good, with potential to be great

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TiVo full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of potential for exciting developments. Many bright minds and thought leaders in multiple departments. Supportive team dynamic from top to bottom. Wealth of opportunities to expand knowledge. Many opportunities to make a material difference.

    Cons

    Company just big enough to sometimes have too many cooks in kitchen of ideas. Competing agendas and politics often constrict cohesive productivity. Somewhat easy for great ideas to get caught up and buried in red tape.

    Advice to Management

    Streamline interdepartmental interactions. Establish more structure in communication flow. Allow breathing room for innovation and fresh perspectives.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Great company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TiVo full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Nice, genuine people who work really hard together as a team to get things done, flexible work hours, and easy food options

    Cons

    Almost everyone is in cubicles, so doesn't always feel the most open


  7. Helpful (3)

    I have been working at TiVo

    Pros

    Laid back and family friendly. Not long hours like Apple/Google. Opportunities to advance.

    Cons

    Executive Management is oblivious to TiVo's core problems and have no plan to adequately address its decline.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house. Audit each department for revenue growth, product performance and clean house. Get some fresh talent and empower them to create change.


  8. Helpful (4)

    Friendly place to work, low salaries

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TiVo full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    friendly people, relaxed environment, good benefits

    Cons

    random layoffs, trying to reduce engineering cost. Executive and upper management tend to keep changing directions, often stalling projects.

    Advice to Management

    Allocate more engineers to make faster progress and add better features


  9. Helpful (1)

    The best thing about TiVo are the people that do the actual work.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brookdale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brookdale, CA

    I worked at TiVo full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    More often than not, people are treated with respect. HR has done their best to make TiVo a fun family company. There are some good people still hanging on.

    Cons

    Upper management has their own agenda that often does not value innovative creativity. Too many reduction of forces! Under appreciated and under paid talent!

    Advice to Management

    Bring the positive energy back to TiVo and you will find the financial success you seek. Happy employees = Success!


  10. Helpful (2)

    Laid back company with a mindset from the 2000s

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at TiVo (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Lot of talented engineers and experienced Directors to lead the way Work pressure is minimal Being a mid-size company, you get good visibility

    Cons

    CEO is still focussed on Cable Operators and Cable Television, while the rest of the industry is focussing on building technologies focussed on Internet based Streaming (easily evident from the every dropping stock price) Along with the highly talented Architects, Principal Engineers and Directors, there are also people who make you doubt if you chose the right company to join

    Advice to Management

    Build technologies with a vision at least focussed 5 - 10 years ahead, instead of carrying all the dead weight from 10 years ago


  11. Friendly and relaxed atmosphere, avoids hiring enough or paying good wages for stock market.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at TiVo full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Pretty good perks, Friendly people, relaxed atmosphere, small company events, some free (or almost) snacks, fruit, and sometimes meals.

    Cons

    Management is a mess, too many layers of middle managers or executives unsure of what they want to do. Disappointing productivity due to lack of committed budget, direction, and priorities.

    Advice to Management

    Get a new CTO, thin out middle management, and commit some of the cash hoard to commit to more speculative/innovative projects further out in time.



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