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iRobot Reviews

Updated July 28, 2014
Updated July 28, 2014
69 Reviews
3.2
69 Reviews
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iRobot Chairman and CEO Colin M. Angle
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance is good and half day Fridays during the summer is definitely very good for employees (in 5 reviews)

  • Great work environment, great responsibility, professional networking (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Constant lies and misinformation coming from upper management (in 5 reviews)

  • Many managers tend to micromanage thus becoming an irritant (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great Learning experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Reliability Engineer in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Reliability Engineer in Bedford, MA

    I have been working at iRobot full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great technology, great people and a fast paced environment.

    Cons

    Difficult for people who do not have a start up mentatlity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great work. Keep it up

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Best employer of all those at which I have worked.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - SQA in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - SQA in Bedford, MA

    I have been working at iRobot full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Encourages employees. No blame games. Cutting edge jobs & technology. Fantastic benefits. Great work/life balance including fairly flexible work schedules. Many educational opportunities. Generous community activities (huge supporter of FIRST & related activities). Completely a team atmosphere, no empire building.

    Cons

    Hard to move laterally (small company)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work, fantastic employee-centric atmosphere. Encourage lateral moves where possible to support career growth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    I'm still here

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior, Engineer in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Senior, Engineer in Bedford, MA

    I have been working at iRobot full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, and I get to work with some very bright people. Occasionally some interesting projects materialize.

    Cons

    Advancement is not based on your ability, skill, or contributions. Rather it is based on your friendships and out of work activities. I was told by management that i should spend less time with my kids and more time participating in after work functions, I should choose between my family or my career.
    Management does not respect the input from experienced people and usually prefers to explore the wrong direction on things, then after the time and budget is expended may consider the advice of more experienced input. Makes you wonder why profits are not what they could be.
    Upper level management seems to have many secret agenda and the workforce feels disconnected, even when they do share something most people feel they are not completely truthful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean your house out, some of your Managers/Directors need to be shown the door, bring in some experienced people and let them get the job done without the micromanagement and other hobbles you have in place now,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Interesting, diverse, disappointing, uninspiring

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at iRobot full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Half-day Fridays for the summer. Beer cart. Exceptionally good marketing team. People don’t work as hard as those at other companies I’ve worked at.

    Cons

    Lip service to individual performance and skills. No value associated with capabilities beyond specific job description. Limited opportunities for internal growth unless you are personal friends with upper management. Continual layoffs for the last 3 years. Don’t know how to motivate or retain top talent … the reason for so many openings. Not a state-of-the-art company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand that the technical staff and not the support staff are the life blood of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great engineers, poor program management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA

    I have been working at iRobot full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    A lot of high skilled and talented employees in ALL areas
    Great pay and benefits
    Wonderful vacation time

    Cons

    Really odd purchasing process, take way to long to buy something
    Different organizational units are completely out of sync
    This company of 600 is run likes it's a company of 100,000, NGC/Lockheed and Boeing are more efficient and have less red tape
    Program management here is very weird, extremely inefficient, can't seem to make decisions. Everyone is passing the buck.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to be Google and be iRobot

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Highly recommended company to work at

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer Intern in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer Intern in Bedford, MA

    I have been working at iRobot as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    no dress code, relaxed working environment, friendly co-workers, the company has a young feel to it, senior engineers don't come across as anti-social people who rose to where they were simply because they have been with the company for their entire career

    Cons

    Sometimes can get lost in the mix as a ME intern due to the structuring of the program. Some of the younger engineers who went through the internship program themselves liked to dump the most tedious work onto the interns which prevented some interns from gaining the valuable experience that the company has to offer

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide a slightly more structured internship program for the ME's. It would have been helpful if we had

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Hardware Engineer Co-op for the Advanced Development Team

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer Coop in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer Coop in Bedford, MA

    I have been working at iRobot full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Get to work with cutting edge technology

    Cons

    On the military side it is somewhat pro-war.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Start showing some respect for employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Upper Management Position in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Upper Management Position in Bedford, MA

    I have been working at iRobot full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Short commute. Can sometimes be very entertaining to listen to some of the conversations.

    Cons

    Rubbing elbows with the right people is more important than being good at your job. Management is always pushing the lower staff for higher levels of performance usually related to more hours not more brilliance. Constant reorganization and layoff. Morale is poor. No employee stock plan. Many managers tend to micromanage thus becoming an irritant. The place is like a post College hangout for some, leaving the work to others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to your people. Seems like the big shots come pump up the stock cash out and leave. Too much higher level turnover. Don't treat all the workers like they are expendible.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    What a waste of talent...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Bedford, MA

    I have been working at iRobot full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Inspiring mission and product portfolio

    Cons

    Constant exodus of highly skilled engineering talent due to poor management. Major issues with management include: lack of honesty, poor decision making, constant reorganizations and layoffs, and absence of career growth for skilled engineers with proven track records. I also find iRobot to be a high anxiety workplace.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Address the cons that I mention above. Be honest with your workers. Start appreciating your engineers!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stop the lies

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bedford, MA

    I have been working at iRobot full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Enthusiastic employees. Creative people. Cool projects.

    Cons

    Constant lies and misinformation coming from upper management. Micromanagement of workers. Too many managers. Numerous layoffs and reorganizations. Weak, non-competitive employee compensation. Lots of turnover...company losing brain trust and top talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start paying attention to surveys rather than paying lip service.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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