TiVo Reviews

Updated August 19, 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
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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. Sr QA Engineer

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    Current Employee - Senior QA Engineer in Alviso, CA
    Current Employee - Senior QA Engineer in Alviso, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work is interesting. Work life balance is good. Relaxed and friendly environment. Good people to work with. Good qa-dev interaction encouraged.

    Cons

    Compensation is very bad. They make you do so much work but no appreciation. You don't get a promotion unless you complain about it for years though they agree you deserve it. Promise is always 6 months from now, it will be done. But sad part is the 6 months is never over!


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    Senior Software Engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at TiVo full-time

    Pros

    Lead engineers in development teams are very competent. Principal engineers are accessible and are great resources for junior engineers.

    Cons

    There is a lot of attrition. The support teams are understaffed and poorly trained. Management doesn't appreciate the need to service technical debt. The quality and roles of manager vary significantly within the organization. There is often a desire by managers to delegate responsibility (i.e. give dotted line authority) to technical leads.

    Advice to Management

    Management is too focused on building new features for new customers. More attention should be paid to refactoring legacy code. Technical debt is a major problem within TiVo. And dealing with the consequences of outdated and poorly understood systems results in wasted man hours and money.


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  5. data scientist

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    Current Employee - Data Scientist in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Data Scientist in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good management better place to work i love to my job

    Cons

    low salary offer and bonus


  6. software engineer

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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


  7. Good, with potential to be great

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at TiVo full-time

    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.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Great company

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at TiVo full-time

    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


  9. Helpful (3)

    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.


  10. Helpful (5)

    Friendly place to work, low salaries

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at TiVo full-time

    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


  11. Helpful (1)

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brookdale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brookdale, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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!



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