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iRobot Reviews

69 Reviews
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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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stay away from Corporate Division

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees and actually do something about it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Go Home Robots

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA

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

    Pros

    *Competitive compensation
    *Solid foundation of employees
    *Bright future

    Cons

    Reorganization has forced many quality people to leave

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fascinating Technology

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA

    I worked at iRobot

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    nice place for a geek

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA

    I worked at iRobot

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    iRobot is cooler than not cool.

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Bedford, MA

    I have been working at iRobot

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    good learning experience

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    Former Employee - Associate Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Associate Software Engineer

    I worked at iRobot

    Pros

    cool technology for the current time frame

    Cons

    need new and innovative robots

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need more diversified robots

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    it's fine

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at iRobot

    Pros

    high tech, stare of the art

    Cons

    lots of firedrills. last minute work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hire more people

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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