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Rovi Reviews

Updated July 19, 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. 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?


  2. 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

  3. 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.


  4. "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.


  5. Helpful (1)

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

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    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.


  6. "It was fine."

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    Former Employee - Scheduling Reporter in Wayne, PA
    Former Employee - Scheduling Reporter in Wayne, PA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Rovi (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Everyone is super nice and willing to help you.
    - Fun corporate events for Holidays and going away parties.
    - All of middle management was really helpful with new employees and really helped those understand their mistakes.

    Cons

    - The contract was filled and extension was offer too late, by that time that I had already found future employment.


  7. Helpful (19)

    "Worst place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in King of Prussia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in King of Prussia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are good. Insurance is expensive but worth it. Good people work there but unless you are a personal friend of someone important you will never leave your position.

    Cons

    9 months pregnant and my manager tells me that I CAN'T go to the bathroom to pee. My doctor was astonished when I asked her for a doctor't note that told my manager I had to go to the bathroom.............

  8. Helpful (15)

    "Avoid, enough said."

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

    I worked at Rovi (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good salary, decent benefits but those are mostly inherited through Rovi's numerous acquisitions of other companies. There are a lot of good people working in some Rovi offices.

    Cons

    Rovi is a patent troll in disguise, they buy companies for IP and they neglect or marginalize any product those smaller companies might have, they drive away or push out good people.
    In addition, Rovi is outsourcing a lot of its development efforts, and that process is likely to continue.
    Management does not communicate things well and is very secretive and elitist. Although, Rovi HQ is located in Silicon Valley is not really a high tech company. if anybody is looking for new technologies to work on, Rovi is not a place to fulfill your potentials. Soon, Rovi will acquire Tivo and company will change its name. The reason for a name change is once again another attempt to hide its patent troll character and get rid of Rovi's bad name recognition.

    Advice to Management

    Rebuild company culture from scratch, advance people from within organization.


  9. Helpful (10)

    "circus"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Rovi full-time

    Pros

    can be a decent job if on the right team

    Cons

    they are sending jobs to India and don't care to keep US employees

    Advice to Management

    your outsourcing will fail


  10. "Benefit"

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    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?


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