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TiVo San Jose Reviews

Updated July 31, 2017
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  • upper management with overstretched employees) (in 15 reviews)

  • 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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    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 (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.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Great Company to work for!"

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    Former Employee - Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance! Great healthcare benefits! Holiday parties and annual gatherings cater to a family oriented atmosphere. Employees and their families always look forward to those events!

    Cons

    Don't have much to say on this. Sadly, the company got bought out so new management and changes come with uncertainty for employees still there.

    Advice to Management

    Keep innovating and marketing the TiVo product! It's a great one, but not sure why it's not well received anymore. When people hear the mention of "TiVo" they often react and say "they're still around?"


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Shipping and Receiving"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pays well and has some fun events.

    Cons

    Culture, no bonuses or raises.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Used to be Great"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Very nice coworkers, some great managers, good benefits, family-friendly.

    Cons

    Lack of innovation, clear direction, and company spirit since merger.

    Advice to Management

    Not familiar enough with the new management to give advice.


  6. "Great Place to Work"

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    Former Contractor - Data Quality Specialist in San Jose, CA
    Former Contractor - Data Quality Specialist in San Jose, CA

    I worked at TiVo as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Great communication and teamwork
    -Friendly and welcoming environment
    -Overall positive attitude and accepting of new ideas
    -Does great job workshopping new projects and delegating tasks

    Cons

    -Position was eventually outsourced
    -Goals and objectives were at times vague, but allowed for independence in completing tasks
    -Not as much inter-departmental interaction as some places


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Good people. Bad leadership."

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

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

    Pros

    For many years, TiVo has offered a pleasant work environment with genuinely nice people to work with, as well as the flexibility to work from home. TiVo is one of the few companies in the valley that treats contractors well, and includes them in all company events.

    Cons

    Rovi was a B2B company, and their intentions for buying TiVo are starting to become clear. It is obvious that the consumer retail business is over, and any future product development will be for the purpose of growing the IP portfolio, and partnering up with other companies. Even though TiVo has an "Innovation Team", the lack of actual innovation has put the legacy TiVo employees in a difficult situation. The bureaucracy, and insane amount of process means it takes forever to get anything shipped.The culture of mediocrity means that anything that gets shipped, is half done, and the lack of accountability means it continues to be that way. Layoffs have hurt teams, people are stretched thin, but the leadership expects more with less.

    Advice to Management

    The honeymoon period is over. It's been almost 3 months since the merger, and the lack of leadership, transparency, communication, and an actual product roadmap, is a cause for concern for what the future holds.

  8. Helpful (14)

    "TiVo culture has died since Rovi acquisition"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Hard to say. TiVo was a great place to work until Rovi acquired them

    Cons

    Rovi claimed they wanted to adopt TiVo culture. It has been the opposite. They are a secretive group and do not value their employees. Lot's of inflated titles for unqualified people.

    Advice to Management

    Truly become TiVo... Rovi is an old company with poor cultural values. Hire better people. Make your culture truly flat. Your reputation of being patent bullies is reflective in the entire culture of the company.


  9. "Working at TiVo"

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    Former Contractor - Recruitment Specialist in San Jose, CA
    Former Contractor - Recruitment Specialist in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at TiVo as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, from the leadership to individual contributors. The culture is really nice. Everyone is very approachable and easy to work with.

    Cons

    They need to modernize their workspaces a little more, which I think they are doing now.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great Culture! Great people!... hope Rovi keeps it this way!!!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people here are great! Extremely supportive environment, great product, good work/life balance. Career growth and employees sharing their ideas is encouraged.

    Cons

    Benefits are great! Compensation; salary, stock and 401K are just ok

    Advice to Management

    TiVo has a good thing going which is why so many employees have been here for 5 adn 10+ years! Really hope Rovi appreciates this and comes up with a good plan to keep this going. It is very rare to have loyal employees like this, especially nowadays in Silicon Valley.


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