TiVo Reviews

Updated April 5, 2015
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TiVo President, CEO, and Director Tom Rogers
Tom Rogers
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Pros
  • Work-life balance (layoffs aside) is pretty good, benefits are fine (in 15 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Senior Management has a serious lack of vision (in 6 reviews)

  • There is also BAD leadership at the upper management level (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Good Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at TiVo (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great perks for employee with small kids, great parties.

    Cons

    The pays is not that great, but doable.

    Advice to Management

    Okay management, can't say it is great.

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

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    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.

  3. Helpful (2)

    Not innovating like they once did

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TiVo full-time (More than 8 years)

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits and perks; some supportive managers; some very smart people.

    Cons

    Management in-fighting causes disruption and lack of clear direction. Innovation is very limited.

    Advice to Management

    Be a leader and effectively communicate your vision

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Good company, but lacking in efficiency

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TiVo

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

    Pros

    good benefits, decent pay, stock options, trying to evolve

    Cons

    need for speed, upper management to give more direction, not much opportunity for growth

    Advice to Management

    provide more direction to reports, internalize further sense of urgency to improve workflow

  6. Helpful (2)

    Brilliant minds, lagging vision

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at TiVo full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Exceptionally bright team who know their business and work hard to move it forward. Playful, but focused environment.

    Cons

    Falling a little behind the times in vision and lack of sales organization means it's tough to develop clear goals and opportunities. Top leadership known for brashness and cronyism, which both help, and hurt, the company.

  7. Helpful (2)

    Slow moving and resistant to change

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer

    I worked at TiVo full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Small enough that you can recognize most people and not get lost in the crowd. Hasn't succumbed to the open office layout fad so you get your own personal space in which to work in peace. Working in a technology space that few have succeeded in. Fairly low-pressure work environment by Silicon Valley standards.

    Cons

    Strong internal resistance to changing the legacy tech stack. The flip side of a low-pressure work environment is that getting deliverables from other people is often a struggle. The backend software release and deployment process is very error prone and a fear-based change control system has morphed around it. Only 8 paid holidays a year. Employee perks like 401(k) matching, etc. are minimally competitive. Upper management considers R&D merely an expense to be minimized rather than the core of the business.

    Advice to Management

    Implementing Continuous Delivery would shake out the creakiness and sluggishness surrounding TiVo's Software Development Lifecycle. This would inject needed velocity into the SDLC and ensure that TiVo is not relying so much on inertia to keep moving forward.

  8. Helpful (2)

    Product Management

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Alviso, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Alviso, CA

    I worked at TiVo full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Users are fanatic. Best overall DVR on the market. Fun to work on technologies around TV and movies. Small enough to allow each employee to make a significant impact and large enough to provide variety and access to other professionals.

    Cons

    Shrinking retail DVR user base. Competition from cable and satellite provider DVRs. Brand dilution.

    Advice to Management

    Push the innovation boundaries higher to be 5x to 10x better than the competition.

  9. Intern

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    Current Employee - Intern in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at TiVo

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

    Pros

    Better work place, work life balance

    Cons

    employee firing. No additional perks.

  10. Helpful (1)

    I learned a lot, but socially, the company is lacking

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    Current Intern - Sales and Marketing Intern in New York, NY
    Current Intern - Sales and Marketing Intern in New York, NY

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

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

    Pros

    Good pay, great location, and great opportunities to gain a broader knowledge of the media industry. Pizza Tuesdays are always a a good thing too.

    Cons

    Socially, the company can do better. Everyone keeps to themselves and everyone just seems so miserable all the time. The office is fairly quiet, so it's awkward to have conversation because everyone is so quiet.

    Advice to Management

    Talk to the interns more! I don't think the VP of Sales ever learned my name.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Project Manager

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Engineering Program Manager in Alviso, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Program Manager 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

    Decent work environment
    Nice Perks and benefits
    Once can have good work-life balance

    Cons

    Complex Org structure
    Too many layers of management

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