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TiVo Reviews

Updated April 18, 2019
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TiVo Interim President and CEO Raghavendra Rau
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  • "Upper management needs to know that we have lives and families to go to as well" (in 17 reviews)

  • "It seemed like the work/life balance for most of the engineers was pretty terrible" (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (6)

    "Great place to work with emphasis on diversity"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at TiVo full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    My skill set is valued even though I am an "older" worker. This emphasis on value of the person, regardless of age , highlights TiVo's commitment to diversity in the workplace. I brought experience with TV analytics products and digital advertising both from the advertiser side and supplier side to my new position at TiVo. Highly recommend looking at TiVo in a job search.

    Cons

    Only downside is crazy commute traffic. But that's a given with so many positions in the market.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the openness to hiring diverse talent.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great engineers. Idiot executives."

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    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at TiVo full-time

    Pros

    You can work on one of the only really well built embedded platforms in existence. Some brilliant code goes into it, and the problems are never easy.

    Cons

    The executives, through their consistent short-sighted decision making over the course of a decade or so, have basically driven the business into the ground. You'll consistently be forced to basically fist fight to get them to allow you rewrite things "properly" -- it's always "this release needs to go out" or "well, we can't hire a team for that". Go figure the stock is in the toilet when you refuse to ever invest and advance the technical stack that is your breadwinner, and focus on stupid quarterly goals that mean nothing if the entire business goes down.

    Advice to Management

    Remove any bonuses to executives based on stock performance over less than a 5 year timescale. Maybe then they'll look past tomorrow.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "A good place to work as an individual!!!"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineering Manager
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Manager

    I have been working at TiVo full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    If you like to work on new projects, new technologies and opportunities this is great place with ample opportunities. Company has one of the best medical benefits, stock options, bonus structure.

    Cons

    Too much work, very less people. Cannot keep the talent. There is politics but I could careless.


  4. "Mixed bag"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Alviso, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Alviso, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good place to start out

    Cons

    Lacks focus and long term planning.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work, high caliber people"

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    Current Employee - Director in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at TiVo full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    High caliber people and very passionate management folks. Definitely place to work in the Silicon Valley if you want to be a part of transformational company.

    Cons

    Need to upgrade the technology stack and also modernize the products.

    Advice to Management

    Think through investing in modern entertainment products and also upgrading the technology stack. Very old stack and difficult to attract young talent.


  6. "Great company to work for!"

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    Current Employee - Director in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of interesting projects. Awesome & amazingly bright engineers and peer managers. Great work-life balance. Good benefits package

    Cons

    Since acquisition in 2016 by Rovi, direction and vision are missing. It is not clear what the Board wants to do with this amazing company.

    Advice to Management

    Walk the talk on innovation. A comprehensive strategy and plan are needed to make the company successful again.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Laid off after being made to work really hard within six months!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    They provide lunch one day a week

    Cons

    Overworked employees who are laid off after working hard for the organization. Managers who are two faced .

    Advice to Management

    Why are you hiring more talent , displacing them by giving the impression that there is opportunity to grow , only to lay them off? Make do with the current employees

  8. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Principal Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Software Engineer

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

    Pros

    Friendly environment ,excellent benefits, competitive salaries

    Cons

    Need consistent strategy in a changing marketplace.


  9. "Nice Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer

    I worked at TiVo full-time

    Pros

    1. Good salary.
    2. Awesome work life balance.

    Cons

    1. Old tech stack.
    2. Very slow process.


  10. "Interesting Work Dealing with Fun Content"

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    Former Employee - Metadata Producer in Wayne, PA
    Former Employee - Metadata Producer in Wayne, PA

    I worked at TiVo full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The subject matter (TV, movies) is enjoyable and you get the opportunity to do many different things in your role.

    Cons

    The workloads are constantly changing and sometimes very heavy.