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  • A little low on the work life balance side (in 15 reviews)

  • Upper management fed everyone the line of BS that they cared about culture and were taking actions to correct the negative things (in 21 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Ok"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, a lot of HR initiatives for learning and work life balance. ESPP program is great, very encouraging if you want to file patents.

    Cons

    Lagging behind in product, looks like the main focus is only IP.

    Advice to Management

    . Concentrate more on product development, if you want to change the image.
    . Need to not just file patents, but convert some of them into products. If already being done, then please highlight the same.


  2. Helpful (8)

    "Devops Engineering Manager"

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    Current Employee - Devops Engineering Manager in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Devops Engineering Manager in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Initially when i joined it seemed very promising environment but the moment CIO and VP left; it all became unstable and nightmare to work at Rovi.

    Cons

    No stable Leadership
    Vision is very unclear
    No team collaboration
    Very Isolated environment

    Advice to Management

    They really need to get some Vision clear about Rovi and communicate with employees and also should open feedback channel to hear from employees.

  3. Helpful (10)

    "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Rovi full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    On-site gym, subsidized cafeteria, flexible work hours, smart engineers, dominated market, stock has a lot of room to grow.

    Cons

    Management cannot execute, mixed directions make you second-think about your project, large lay-off at Thanksgiving and Christmas time.

    Advice to Management

    Smart people senses what's not right, might as well be straight forward.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "good space, challenging mix of tech"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Rovi full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of smart people, complex mix if you like it

    Cons

    sometimes feels only bottom line oriented. completely sales driven, less innovation

    Advice to Management

    focus on innovation


  5. Helpful (12)

    "Poor Management, Years of Technical Debt, and a Sweatshop Culture make ROVI a poor choice"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Radnor, PA
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Radnor, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Rovi full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good salary, bonus, and benefits

    Cons

    Poor Management
    Years of Technical Debt
    Sweatshop Culture
    Extremely high turnover rate

    Advice to Management

    You're listening to the wrong people and ROVI will never be a top tier software shop until this changes
    The institutionalized bad behavior of your middle management team will ultimately cost you more than you think


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Moving in the right direction"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rovi full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Rovi presents a challenging, customer driven environment. Winning in the marketplace, recent cultural improvement initiative is sincere. The pace is rapid - a pro and a con. If you're looking for a place to coast - keep on looking. If you like challenges and an opportunity to win - take a look. Not for the faint of heart.

    Cons

    Too much to do, not close to enough time to do it. Very results oriented.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on the core business and customers. Wisely chose what NOT to do.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Huge workload expectations, poor management, constant priority shifts, highly political"

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineering Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Engineering Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There used to be a lot of them, but they have dwindled. The benefits package is still excellent, but that is about it.

    Cons

    - There is too much work for too few people to have any chance of producing good quality and feeling good about your work. I have had 12-18 direct reports for 3.5 years which is absurd. No matter how I have tried to get this to change, it hasn't.
     - Management that I see from the VP level on up is terrible. Most "leaders" operate with the approach that their people are there to serve them rather than them being there to serve their people. It is no wonder why morale is low and attrition is high.
     - This is supposedly a technology company, but the CEO has no tech background. At best, 1 of his direct reports has a tech background. And so on down the line. The current senior management team has no idea how to bring the supposed vision to life.
     - Tech background aside, the CEO (Tom) is horrible. I have never seen a leader at this level before with zero charisma, zero energy and that puts people to sleep with presentations so quickly. In the hallway, he doesn't even acknowledge your presence. The same largely goes for his direct reports that I encounter as well.
     - Advancement is based on whose butt you kiss rather than on merit.
     - Senior management has zero accountability, yet preaches about how important accountability is. It's a joke. I can't count how many times people senior to me have said they would do something and completely dropped the ball.
     - There is no coherent strategy. The company chases ambulances for a living. Just admit it.
     - There are more, but I'll stop now.

    Advice to Management

    Either fire yourselves or be more honest about what the company actually is (hint, it is NOT a product company). There is so much saying one thing and doing another that you have no credibility left. Employees have told you countless times what needs to change, but very little of this actually happens. Start actually listening to people or quit wasting their time with making lists of things to change that go nowhere.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Niche company with great working environment"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Bengaluru (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Bengaluru (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rovi full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Lot of very very intelligent people to work with, several of them are IIT alumni, very niche high tech work in some groups but not all groups, great location in Central Business District, light on process, pays above market, serves great free breakfast, lunch and evening snacks, pool table, foosball, ping-pong and many entertainment avenues, flexible timings and great work life balance. India center in growth phase.

    Cons

    Lack of proper policies and procedures. It is on it's way......

    Advice to Management

    Please make of the great talent pool available in Bangalore, India and the cost benefit. All big companies of the world are making great use of it and Rovi should leverage that advantage as well, in a big way.