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Updated November 8, 2017
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  • 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)

  • Senior management & some divisoins not well scrutinised and managed (in 12 reviews)

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  1. "Generic Patent House"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rovi full-time

    Pros

    Okay pay, nice office. Otherwise nothing worth while mentioning

    Cons

    It's really bland working there.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rovi full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, unlimited vacation, friendly work atmosphere.

    Cons

    Management is not always engaged.

  3. "Still good but lost its direction slowly"

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    Former Employee - Solutions Architect in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Solutions Architect in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, work environment, nice colleagues

    Cons

    Living on patents, lost in targets


  4. "Lots of potential"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rovi full-time

    Pros

    Great colleagues
    Strong bent toward innovation

    Cons

    Continuous layoffs
    Lots of churn in management and direction


  5. Helpful (10)

    "Worst managers on Earth"

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

    I worked at Rovi full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The environment of this company is so toxic that is impossible to see any positive thing.

    Cons

    No opportunity at all for growth. Worst managers a company could have. Manager is extremely unprepared for her role, has no idea what she's doing because she spends most of her time engaging on high school gossips instead of paying attention to her work. Totally divided the team with her lack of leadership and visibly provided benefits for the employees that were her personall friends. Extremely passive aggressive person with no communication skills.

    Advice to Management

    Needs to learn to separate personal and professional life. Stop lying to your employees saying you "see a bright future for them at the company" even when you know they will be laid off two months later.


  6. "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


  7. Helpful (5)

    "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.

  8. Helpful (8)

    "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.


  9. 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.


  10. 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.


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