TiVo Reviews

Updated June 22, 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 company

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    • 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


  2. 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.


  3. Helpful (4)

    Friendly place to work, low salaries

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    • 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


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  5. Helpful (1)

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

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    • 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!


  6. Helpful (1)

    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


  7. 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.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Not innovating like they once did

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  9. Helpful (1)

    Good company, but lacking in efficiency

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  10. Helpful (2)

    Brilliant minds, lagging vision

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    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.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Slow moving and resistant to change

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.



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