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TiVo Reviews in San Jose, CA

TiVo – San Jose – “Outside view of the TiVo headquarter office…”

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2.8 10 reviews

43% Approve of the CEO

TiVo President, CEO, and Director Tom Rogers

Tom Rogers

(7 ratings)

33% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance (layoffs aside) is pretty good, benefits are fine(in 13 reviews)

  • Good working environment, the people are friendly and cooperative(in 4 reviews)


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

  • Senior Management has a serious lack of vision(in 5 reviews)

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    Once a great company, now struggling to find its way

    Member of Technical Staff (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsSmart and friendly engineers on the grass root level

    ConsMediocrity 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 Senior ManagementKnow 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Place to work

    Marketing Manager (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsWorking 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.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Cool place to work

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsI 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.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementNo Advice. Keep doing what you have been doing and take the company to next level.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Slowly dying with little hope of a recovery

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    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 Senior ManagementTiVo 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Multiple projects per year with changing team compositions for each.

    Engineering Manager (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

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

    ConsUpper 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 Senior ManagementThe technology is too complicated to deploy as is - needs to be simplified.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    The people are great, but if your boss wants a 1:1 in a conference room, call in sick!

    Engineering for User Experience (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsTiVo makes a killer product and if you're in the field trials program, you get free service and equipment. The atmosphere is really relaxed and they offer telecommuting, flexible schedules, and encourage creativity. Everyone in my department was super friendly and supportive. I think the pay is also decent.

    ConsUnlike most other companies I've worked for, there is no "rumor mill" or "watercooler talk" about impending layoffs--nothing to help you get mentally prepared. Your manager just comes to you one day for your regular one on one, but this time they reserve a conference room and come equipped with a red file folder telling you that IT is shutting down your credentials as you speak. The last layoff (about 10% of total workforce) was a complete and utter surprise, so kudos to the executive team for keeping a secret. The government could use people like that! At least I had a good manager who had a heart and really empathized with me even though she had to do the dirty work of decisions made above her pay grade. There is no onsite gym, no 401(k) matching, no cafeteria, and the onsite haircut company charges $20 for a simple cut.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook, I know you're hemorrhaging cash with all your patent litigation and shareholders hate that, but would it kill you to cut back on elaborate parties and ice cream socials and freebies during the year if only to retain the dedicated employees you have left? I mean really. Dial it back a little bit. There are other strategies you could employ to help the company during rough patches too, like 10% pay decrease for executives and 5% pay decrease for employees until you return to profitability. You could also suspend pay raises unilaterally across the board--not just give raises to some and not others. I know that I would personally temporarily surrender 5% of my pay so that a fellow employee could keep their job.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Exciting place, uncertain future

    Software Engineer - Contractor (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsTalented people
    Good work culture - focus on engineering and design integrity
    Work is a bit demanding but not unreasonable - when you explain the effort estimate, the managers listen.
    You can work from home city if your work allows it.

    ConsThe future looks uncertain - it is not clear whether the company will be able to reclaim leadership. It is not clear what new products/ideas will be game changer.
    There is a serious space crunch. New people are getting hired but there is too little space to seat everyone comfortably. But probably this is a very short term kind of thing.

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    Great people, great product, very dysfunctional environment and executive staff

    Director (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsPeople, product, technology, brand response

    ConsExecutive organization, ability to lead, lack of focus on customer relationships, revenue model

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on customer relationships to grow the business, change the financial model to support it.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Senior Director (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsGreat funtions: BBQs, Holiday parties, ice-cream socials, holloween and cook-off events etc..

    ConsThere's no accountability to results or perforamnce. Honest feedback is rare.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTheir pay should equate to the overall performance of the company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Director (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    Prospassionate, start-up environment, industry-changing, social

    Consscope of work is large, be ready to go beyond "just your 'job'"

    Advice to Senior Managementimprove the clearing of information internally

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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