Rovi Reviews | Glassdoor

Rovi Reviews

Updated November 16, 2016
68 reviews

Filter

Filter


3.0
Star Star Star Star Star
Rating Trends Rating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Rovi President & CEO Tom Carson
Tom Carson
23 Ratings

68 Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date

Pros
Cons
More Pros and Cons

  1. Helpful (2)

    "You are only a number"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Sr BI Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Decent software engineering work but not a keeper for me"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lead Software Engineer in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Lead Software Engineer in Burbank, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Rovi (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Mostly good people to work with. Good work/life balance. Good base compensation and stock grants, ESPP plan, etc. Things may be looking up with the TiVo acquisition.

    Cons

    My position worked on very old set-top box client development. Very far from state of the art.
    Cable companies took releases at glacial pace.
    Company depends on proceeds from licensing patent portfolio too much and does not have enough forward looking product research.
    Knee jerk application of Agile/Scrum to whole company.
    Acquisitions usually result in jettisoning of business units after a while.


  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. "Benefit"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Rovi (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefit package, good office facility.

    Cons

    There was no growth opportunity.

    Advice to Management

    Where is new growth direction?


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Okay, not great"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Rovi full-time

    Pros

    Used to have a good location for South Bay residents, now not so much. The pay is decent, not amazing.

    Cons

    Lack of direction and culture leaves people in limbo and fear. If you have another option, I would pass.

    Advice to Management

    Start looking forward, not backward. Invest in your employees and they will invest in you.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "What could have been"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Very good compensation package. Work with the fortune 500 service providers worldwide. Solid technology.

    Cons

    Too many management changes. Poor execution on product strategy

    Advice to Management

    Stick to the plan. Invest in growing and profitable product lines. Don't let IP business cloud growth strategy. Foster communication at all levels


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Director, Finance & Administration"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director, Finance & Administration in San Carlos, CA
    Current Employee - Director, Finance & Administration in San Carlos, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Rovi (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Set up Finance team and manage 3 entities in China. Worked with USA team to impletment Oracle system for China. It was great experience!

    Cons

    Top management team doesn't really understand China Market.

    Advice to Management

    Should understand more about the local market.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Ok"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. "working for Rovi"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, great people

    Cons

    Company strategy keeps changing constantly


  11. Helpful (7)

    ""OK" place to work. Flexible Schedule."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people and reasonable benefits. ESPP can add a bit of additional value when the stock is performing. Depending on reporting manager the flexible schedules and unlimited vacation policy is helpful for those with families.

    Cons

    Executive trust is a big problem as they've been caught a few times in what is either an outright lie or at best gross negligence in being properly informed. Currently a lot of changes are coming to reduce costs and overhead which involves off-shoring a lot of talent and reducing some of the employee perks. The unlimited vacation schedule can be a problem as we're not 'owed' time off any more and if your manager won't sign off on your taking time out then there is no recourse, no rollover to the next year, and no cash value payout for unused time. This can be exacerbated due to the off-shoring efforts and general voluntary and involuntary talent loss across the company. Thankfully most managers do what they can to work with us, I've heard those in accounting have had a lot of trouble on this point due to their VP's iron fisted policies.

    Advice to Management

    The largest and most important asset to this company are the People, your employees are what makes this company run and do so effectively and efficiently. And while salary costs are one of the largest ongoing expenses, it is an investment in your future and not a cost center. Business is business and sometimes cuts have to be made, but do so diligently and thoughtfully with conscience to those who are let go; we are people, not cattle. Focus on priorities and appropriate goals is also an issue. Our primary focus on how the business is run should be to make the absolute best products we can, not our stocks performance to the detriment of budgets, staffing, funding for ongoing expenses that are critical and central to maintaining our infrastructure and driving new innovations.



Showing 68 of 355 reviews
Reset Filters