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Updated February 17, 2017
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  • Communication from upper management could be better (in 14 reviews)

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

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  1. Featured Review

    "Great place to work!"

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

    Pros

    Overall I really enjoy working here. Great culture and work environment. Good work-life balance. Friendly, helpful and high quality colleagues. A lot of fun social events not just for employees but also their families.

    Cons

    No big complaints about working here.

    Advice to Management

    More communication on company initiatives and strategies


  2. "Great results for 2016!"

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

    I have been working at TiVo full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great technology in content discovery with combination of TiVo and Rovi. Glad to see positive momentum with recent results.

    Cons

    A lot of integration to do with merger.


  3. "Too much projects running on the same time"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at TiVo full-time

    Pros

    Friendly working environment and good compensation

    Cons

    Engineering is too busy due to too much projects running on the same time


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  5. "Very laid back and demotivating place wit avg age group in 40+ range."

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    Former Employee - Product Support Manager
    Former Employee - Product Support Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    1. Good work happening at very slow pace

    Cons

    1. Old people struck in late 90s practices
    2. Work pace is slow and demotivating
    3. During lay-offs younger lot is let go while people in 60s struggling to keep up with pace were retained
    4. NO optimization in work, people are seen doing redoing work repeatedly


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Overall average"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at TiVo full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits like ESPP plan, unlimited FTO

    Cons

    Constant fear of re-orgs kills productivity; top-heavy management


  7. "Ad Sales Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Small office environment. Great colleagues.

    Cons

    Management could have been more supportive with the solutions needed in making the advertising component more robust.

    Advice to Management

    Since the company has recently been sold and most of the management has changed hopefully the new folks in charge can make it a success. It's a great product.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Not the same TiVo"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alviso, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alviso, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at TiVo (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great product and a few good people are still there. Salaries are usually high.

    Cons

    Rovi took over in 2016 and the company is not the same old TiVo. The moral is very low now. Many of the employees are waiting for the new direction. Rovi took over in July and since then there has been a few lay-offs. The rumor is, they will lay-off many more people. Many managers are only there because they are really good making themselves look good. TiVo sales are dropping.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Initial few years were great, the people changed brought in politics"

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Administrator in Alviso, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Administrator in Alviso, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Initial few years we had great IT management team back then.
    Although work was lot, but fun.
    Incentives were great too.
    Management was not micro management type.Always encouraging.

    Cons

    Some of senior IT management left due to top level management changes.
    People changed and brought in politics.They outsourced to meet their needs
    and left honest long timers to scramble.
    Within IT, culture changed and teams were unhappy amongst themselves.

    Advice to Management

    Don't outsource, but take good care of long timers-performers.


  10. Helpful (8)

    "Non-caring, Unfocused, Frankenstein"

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

    Pros

    You will meet some of the most dedicated people in some departments, in a few offices. Friendships for life. TiVo has some great low paying jobs in India and Poland, its probably cheap to live there and this is a cost savings for TiVo. Working at TiVo over a long period of time will slowly grind your will down so that you no longer care about delivering outstanding or informed work. This is great because all your energies can be spent on family and friends! You'll no longer care!

    Cons

    TiVo does not care. Customers be damned. Employees be damned. If you enjoy participating in self serving meetings for upper management's ego, this is a great place. If you enjoy seeing colleagues' moral diminish over time, this is a great place. If you like working with self inspired management who are fresh out of any clue, then this is a great place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Retire. Allow employee engagement. Enable employees to make decisions and take action to solve problems outside of bureaucratic silos. Listen to your employees they are the heart and soul of the company. They see the ugly under belly and know where resources and energies should be prioritized.


  11. Helpful (6)

    "TiVo and Rovi together are a recipe for disaster."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Alviso, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Alviso, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at TiVo (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some great people are sprinkled throughout the company.

    Offices typically provide weekly breakfast.
    Average / OK benefits.

    "Unlimited" paid time off is great if your manager lets you use it.

    Cons

    Constant downsizing. In 6 years I have seen layoffs during every one of them. In recent years this has been due to outsourcing positions. The layer upon layer of management that chokes progress in this company remains intact, engineering is usually affected the most.

    Most departments have an us vs. them mentality. There is no "one TiVo", it's every department for themselves, customers be damned. Trying to get problems fixed on the product side is near impossible due to this as each department will blame another and everyone just waits and hopes the customer complaining simply goes away.

    Did I mention downsizing? Don't get used to things being a certain way, you and your co-workers are numbers and will be treated like numbers. At least once a year, sometimes twice, you will hear about large layoffs across the company that will completely baffle you as good workers are let go so that TiVo can save money again. Don't worry, your manager will be safe, they always are. Upper management will also continue to fly everywhere on a regular basis rather then use one of the three videoconferencing options they have licensed, so do not worry about their frequent flyer miles.

    Older products are left to rust and die while customers continue to use them. Any effort made to maintain them is at a bare minimum yet sales continues to sell them.

    Rovi is poisonous for TiVo consumers. If the level of innovation from Rovi continues to bleed over you can say goodbye to what was once a revolutionary company.

    Values are a buzzword. You are asked to live their values but nobody does. The total extent of "culture" in this company is a joke.

    Advice to Management

    I am not sure if upper management is willfully blind to what is happening to TiVo products or if you're simply so out of touch with the day to day that hearing this would be a surprise. There are too many layers of management and not enough people working on your products. when you constantly lay off productive workers and keep the 4 or 5 layers of management above them to "cut costs" I'm not sure what you expect to see at the end besides a nice payout for your stock plans. If you truly want to make this company a better place to work and have products that continue to last you need to open your eyes.



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