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TiVo Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated December 8, 2014
Updated December 8, 2014
118 Reviews
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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.  

    Intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at TiVo

    Pros

    Better work place, work life balance

    Cons

    employee firing. No additional perks.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Turnover, RSUs to execs when litigation is the cash cow.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Good bens, easy hours, and smart principals and architects. Fun employee events that include family members onsite. Lots of creative employee swag.

    Cons

    CEO is paid millions in cash and RSUs and surrounds self with yes people while the company stock price and revenue growth languish. Other senior execs don't leave because they're given a ton of RSUs to stay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clarity of product roadmap, marketing leadership stability, and zero bonus payouts to executives if annual goals are missed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    TiVo Contractor Position - QA Tech

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at TiVo as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere and potential for upward movement.

    Cons

    Pay is not competitive.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    It's ok

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Compensation, work/life balance, office culture is good

    Cons

    Slow to outpace "generic" DVR offerings of competitors

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Great people to work with! Great benefits and culture! Company is growing slowly and direction was unclear.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Great people, great place to work. I really enjoyed going to work. People were very collaborative and supportive. The benefits were great.

    Cons

    The company is growing slowly and with unclear direction from senior management. There is little opportunity for growth. Also, there aren't very many places to eat close by.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More transparency will help with the unclear direction.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at TiVo full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Working 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.

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Once a great company, now struggling to find its way

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Smart and friendly engineers on the grass root level

    Cons

    Mediocrity 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 ManagementAdvice

    Know 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Cool place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    I didn't know why some of the people here say negative about this company like it is going down, out dated software, top management has no-focus etc. Probably they don't have complete picture of the company business or they got laid-off so out of frustration they are saying something rubbish.

    Company has progressed so much in past several years. Some of the progresses are given below.

    1) TiVo launched Multi-room solution with TiVo Mini and TiVo stream. And it also has both iOS and Andriod Apps to watch shows on your smart phone / tablets.

    2) It launched TiVo Roamio which has been called as "Holy grail of set-top-boxes" and got highest positive reviews from end users.

    3) TiVo experience is expanded to international markets. Virgin Media in UK launched 1.7 million TiVo boxes in market. ONO also launched thousands of TiVo boxes in Spain.

    4) TiVo software now powered with IPTV capability. Com Hem is releasing TiVo boxes with both QAM and IPTV support in Sweden markets. TiVo is targeting many other international markets.

    5) They have created a new VP position for innovation and on his direction TiVo prototyped first nPVR service. This is expected to launch soon.

    6) TiVo is first DVR which is bringing "true" TV-Everywhere service by providing out of the home watching experience to end users on their phones/tablets with out any additional hardware support.

    Being part of the company and if you are not aware of these advances then you are a blind person.

    Cons

    It used to have Bonuses. Now they removed.
    For that size of the company, the salary paid to CEO is too much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No Advice. Keep doing what you have been doing and take the company to next level.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 7 people found this helpful  

    Slowly dying with little hope of a recovery

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

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

    Pros

    -- Somehow a number of the smart, hard-working, talented long-serving engineers that drive the company are still there.
    -- Work-life balance (layoffs aside) is pretty good, benefits are fine.
    -- Company capital and intellectual assets are solid, though not really profitable.

    Cons

    -- A lot of the managers and engineers that had been driving ideas and positive change, for the past several years, have been laid off or left.
    -- Developer tools, documentation, support, etc are all rough and outdated. Make sure you know how to setup your own Linux workstation, tools, etc, and be prepared to work harder to do work than on actual work.
    -- If a few more top people go TiVo simply won't be able to get the next round of products out, which might be OK since there isn't a clear path forward anyways.
    -- The company seems to get the it's technology is getting old, but it doesn't seem to have much of a plan for the future, nor does it seem to actually want an innovative culture that would spawn one.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    TiVo had a chance to develop a strong culture and instead chose to use fear, red-tape, and self-delusion over the past 2 years. At this point it is time to accept failure sell the company, pay the stock-holders and try to learn from your mistakes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Multiple projects per year with changing team compositions for each.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Interesting technology; good size company (can know many of its staff at all levels); good social events; qualified personnel working there.

    Cons

    Upper management have been in place for 10+ years; there is not as much leeway for new ideas as the company likes to emphasize.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The technology is too complicated to deploy as is - needs to be simplified.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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