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Updated February 14, 2017
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  1. "Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rovi full-time

    Pros

    Great company with great benefits

    Cons

    no cons, very good compan


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Who is next to be laid off?"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Rovi full-time

    Pros

    Some very talented people in a small cloistered business

    Cons

    Exec management is constantly playing to the public company "quarter by quarter" business philosophy. There is a severe lack of continuity by the C level team, which creates churn in the business models. This does not allow new products or people to move forward.

    Advice to Management

    Stop making changes in management teams on an annual basis5 heads of sales in 5 years does not allow your teams to get in a flow. Learn to take risks and investment spend in new products. Waiting on a customer to invest in a product for you before you build it stifles innnovation.


  3. Helpful (5)

    "All talk. No action."

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    Former Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not many. Worked with some really good people who sacrifice personal goals just to be employed somewhere and collect a paycheck.

    Cons

    Plenty. Upper management fed everyone the line of BS that they cared about culture and were taking actions to correct the negative things. The only thing they did was take the survey again to see if people changed their minds after loads of people left. They also said they'd refocus the main business of Rovi and not be such patent infringement whores and refocus on producing some actual products. Ha. Constantly performing CPR on EPGs that are from the stone age.
    They do not invest in their employees. They allowed plenty of quality employees to walk away rather than make any effort to retain them and get rid of the bad seeds. Including really bad seeds in management.
    A top heavy organization. Would rather hire a few more VPs at multi-six figure salaries than a handful of lesser paid workers who actually get the work done.

    Advice to Management

    Leave. Jump ship. Take your golden parachute and let the culture that I know TiVo to be consume the former Rovi. At least then there would be a chance for employees to survive long term rather than just use the new company as a stepping stone.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "You are only a number"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The ability to work from home.

    Cons

    You are only a number.

    Advice to Management

    There are to many managers that don't understand the product.


  6. Helpful (13)

    "Rovi killed TiVo Culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cash rich, because they focus on lawsuits above all else

    Cons

    Rovi claimed they wanted to adopt TiVo culture. It has been the opposite. They are a secretive group and do not value their employees. Lot's of inflated titles for unqualified people.

    Advice to Management

    Truly become TiVo... Rovi is an old company with poor cultural values. Hire better people. Make your culture truly flat. Your reputation of being patent bullies is reflective in the entire culture of the company.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Appreciate the good employee's you have and quit outsourcing them!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Rovi full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits. Wonderful co-workers that are left there.

    Cons

    Outsourcing your good employee's is not the way to go. Appreciate your employee's that you have.

    Advice to Management

    I worked there over 10 years! Wake up and see the good people you have left!


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Retain talent!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Rovi full-time

    Pros

    Potential to become great company

    Cons

    too many changes in people, responsibilities and no long term focus

    Advice to Management

    how to do you spot talent? how do you retain talent?


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Sr BI Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Rovi full-time

    Pros

    Perks are really very attractive

    Cons

    management is not so good

    Advice to Management

    They have to involve the related employees in major decisions and not put them in dark till last minute


  10. Helpful (3)

    "It's all true."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rovi full-time

    Pros

    Some good people. Good benefits. Time off was usually not an issue.

    Cons

    All the previous survey responses have been on the money.

    Advice to Management

    Resign and apologize to your former underlings and your shareholders.


  11. "Dry work but good environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexible environment, employees are really trusted to do their work without severe micromanagement.

    Cons

    Work is so dry. Culture is dry.



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