iRobot Reviews

Updated July 10, 2015
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iRobot Chairman and CEO Colin M. Angle
Colin M. Angle
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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. Helpful (2)

    Stuck in a rut

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility in work schedule Robots everywhere Product testing involvement at times

    Cons

    Disconnected upper management No movement in career No opportunities to move to other areas

    Advice to Management

    Create better career paths for employees Keep them more engaged and don't forget about them Care more about the little guy


  2. Senior Test Engineer

    Former Contractor - Consultant in West Roxbury, MA
    Former Contractor - Consultant in West Roxbury, MA

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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It's a fun place to work and the technology was good.

    Cons

    Management was very unsupportive and disorganized.

    Advice to Management

    Get your act together and be a team player.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Stay away from Corporate Division

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great location; benefits not bad, but no ESPP

    Cons

    Too many Director Level people for not enough lower level people; org chart to big for size company; no rhyme or reason regarding who to layoff; not enough cross training; not enough woman in management or above roles; low moral; "boys club"

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and actually do something about it.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Go Home Robots

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    *Competitive compensation *Solid foundation of employees *Bright future

    Cons

    Reorganization has forced many quality people to leave

    Advice to Management

    Stop being so reactive to changes in the economy and try being more proactive.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Fascinating Technology

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

    I worked at iRobot

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Get to work with loads of different discipline engineers (MEs, EEs, SEs, SWEs, EMEs, etc.). Cutting edge tech. Engineers are solid, smart, good at what they do. Management was listening to employee feedback and taking steps to improve. Great place to work!

    Cons

    Growing pains, esp. interactions with subcontractors. Getting political but not too bad. This is not as big a problem as many other places Management often inexperienced and can make mistakes.

    Advice to Management

    Sometimes management seems to be a little more aloof than it should be. They are doing something about it though, which is good.


  7. nice place for a geek

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA

    I worked at iRobot

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    loose structure and casual environment, exposure to high tech. Really a good place if you work in their government contract department

    Cons

    structure too loose. very vague responsibility in their home department, very ineffective communication and very behind in implementing enterprise-level applicatioin.

    Advice to Management

    invest in long-term solution instead of focusing on short-term unsustainable fixes. invest in long term relationship with quality OEM vendors


  8. Helpful (2)

    iRobot is cooler than not cool.

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

    I have been working at iRobot

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you like robots, there's lots of robots. The robot people are really experts. I don't know many jerks, even in management. Lots of flexibility in changing jobs or circumstances. Loyalty to the company is valued. Employees and management like to have fun. There is no excessively poor grammar.

    Cons

    One side is a baby defense contractor with more overhead than it can carry, lots of politics, and that isn't getting ready to go where military robots are going. The other side is a baby electronics company whose worst enemy is itself and waiting for the hammer to fall from real electronics companies.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring generic middle and senior managers from also-ran local companies and the government and putting them in charge of robot geniuses. Both businesses are driven by great engineers but generally "led" by people that are obviously not.


  9. good learning experience

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Associate Software Engineer

    I worked at iRobot

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    cool technology for the current time frame

    Cons

    need new and innovative robots

    Advice to Management

    need more diversified robots


  10. Helpful (1)

    it's fine

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

    I have been working at iRobot

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    high tech, stare of the art

    Cons

    lots of firedrills. last minute work

    Advice to Management

    hire more people



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