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Updated September 15, 2017
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  • Senior management doesn't deserve many of the people who work for TiVo (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "Hard work= great reward"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place if you want to make have an impact and grow. Lots of opportunities within and the company allows upward mobility. Fairly flexible culture where people have work life balance. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Very top heavy for this size company. There are just too many VPs in the company. Executives should mingle more with all level of employees. During any kind of fun event (company holiday, summer BBQ, etc) you will see all the executives hang out in a circle vs. walking around and get to know other employees.

    Advice to Management

    Invest and pay the bottom layer of employees (below director) more competitively.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "No direction"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at TiVo full-time

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Competitive salaries. Company parties.

    Cons

    Very hard to get promoted. The promotional cycle varies from 5 to 10 years. Until then you are buried. Surprisingly some managerial people are getting promoted quickly. Slowly the best people are leaving the company. Also, there is no single focused direction. Trying on multiple directions.Very hard to get promoted. The promotional cycle varies from 5 to 10 years. Until then you are buried. Surprisingly some managerial people are getting promoted quickly. Slowly the best people are leaving the company. Also, there is no single focused direction. Trying on multiple directions.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize best people and promote them or reward them. Remember great products comes from great employees. If you don't do something to retain best people then you will end up with only managers. Try to focus on single direction. And concentrate on products not patents.

  3. "Sales"

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

    I worked at TiVo full-time

    Pros

    The start-ups that TiVO bought have some lingering people that are fighting for innovation and still put the customer first. They do a great job at branding and PR so they always appear to be a positive forward thinking company.

    There is still a lot of potential for the various products.

    Cons

    Make no mistake, this is an IP company.

    They are dishonest in many ways- to their employees, clients and partners. I saw first-hand how they encouraged their leaders to stretch the truth, even within their own team. It's a toxic environment and its sad to think that they hardly do the right thing when it comes to their employees.

    The worst management you can imagine- no direction, no transparency, extremely political. Many very unhappy employees and managers that don't know anything about leading teams. Employees live in a constant state of paranoia they they will lose their job or that people are lobbying against them.

    No diversity in management so expect to report to wealthy Caucasian men.


  4. "Researcher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Really bright nice coworkers. Strong family values.

    Cons

    The culture is afraid of change/innovation. It's difficult to get promoted.


  5. "Internship review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    There is a great company culture

    Cons

    There are not many young people working here, although they're trying to fix that


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent work enviornment"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Eng Manager
    Current Employee - Eng Manager

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

    Pros

    Enjoy working for Tivo. It retains it's small company culture, where everyone is very approachable

    Cons

    Do not see any cons per se


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Going Down Hill Fast"

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    Former Employee - Media in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Media in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people you work with are great.
    Good company culture.

    Cons

    Outdated technology and products.
    Disconnected management.
    Poor Benefits.
    No work/life balance.
    No room for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to learn a plethora of supervisory techniques to effectively lead and collaborate with employees. They are completely disconnected and it is obvious that they care about themselves alone and have no interest in their employee's growth within the company. TiVo as a whole needs to come up with more competitive strategies or they will be obsolete as a result. With streaming and cord-cutting there is no real reason to buy a TiVo, which at this point will soon equate to an expensive recording machine.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Not what it used to be or could be"

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    Former Employee - Editor in Wayne, PA
    Former Employee - Editor in Wayne, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people were the only reason to stay.

    Cons

    Poor raises, constant layoffs, constantly cutting staff so they could hire upper management (also top-heavy upper management with overstretched employees).

    Advice to Management

    You are so concerned with saving money on staff that you don't have enough people to do the actual job.


  9. "Administration"

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

    I worked at TiVo full-time

    Pros

    Good Salary, excellent employee events.

    Cons

    Spending out of control, seems like nobody is closely managing spending policies. (Before the Rovi merge that is).

    Advice to Management

    Stick to company policy, especially in spending. Sky should NOT be the limit.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Lost the direction"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at TiVo full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Competitive salaries. Company parties.

    Cons

    Very hard to get promoted. The promotional cycle varies from 5 to 10 years. Until then you are buried. Surprisingly some managerial people are getting promoted quickly. Slowly the best people are leaving the company. Also, there is no single focused direction. Trying on multiple directions.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize best people and promote them or reward them. Remember great products comes from great employees. If you don't do something to retain best people then you will end up with only managers. Try to focus on single direction. And concentrate on products not patents.


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