iRobot Reviews

Updated August 15, 2015
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iRobot Chairman and CEO 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. Mechanical Engineering Intern

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    Former Intern - Mechanical Engineering Intern in Bedford, MA
    Former Intern - Mechanical Engineering Intern in Bedford, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at iRobot as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fun, engaging and a lot of great people

    Cons

    Underpaid for the area and was difficult to afford living


  2. Great, fun company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kensington, NH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kensington, NH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Management committed to making it a good place to work, all the way to CEO. Collaborative environment with really good people.

    Cons

    Product line vision somewhat limited on consumer side. Company is a little bit stuck between being a tech company and a home goods/vacuum company.

    Advice to Management

    Broaden the scope of the vision to include other product categories - or pursue options to partner with players who have firmer hold on retail space (ie, bissel, hoover, dyson, etc...)


  3. Great Place to work but like all employers there are pros and cons

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at iRobot full-time

    Pros

    Good people with good intentions. Fun culture that really believes in engaging with employees outside of the every day job. Tons of events and activites, summer Friday's, really good benefits, new employee community center, new Caf and outdoor patio, New Gym, Volleyball, Basketball, Boot camp, King's bowling, kayaking, running, mountain biking, the list goes on. iRobot is a great place to work are there better places of course but there are a ton of worse places to work. The work is demanding and can be extremely rewarding there is an real effort on employee recognition, we are not perfect but the effort is there. Leadership is improving. We have had a ton of internal employee movement and growth over the past year.

    Cons

    Some practices in mgt are dated, and we need to continue to evolve the culture to be more open/collaborative but the cons are area's that are being worked on. Mgt training is improving but yes some mgr's have dated styles or just are not truly equiped to handle the good and bad of being a mgr. Not much of a remote culture and we don't take advantage of having an office in Pasadena, CA.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to train mgr's, explore hiring remote talent nationally/globally, expand team in CA, and continue the great work that is being done to make iRobot a great place to work don't get complacent we are on the right track to be a great SW Robotics Company


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  5. Awesome place to work

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

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

    Pros

    iRobot is a really cool place to work. Robots wonder the halls freely and the museum is historical walk through robotics development.

    Cons

    It is a publicly traded company and things can get a little uncertain when it comes to quarterly earnings.

    Advice to Management

    Stick in your core competencies. When you branch out, make sure that the area you are branching into fits the business. Also, maintain realistic expectations for the growth in that area.


  6. Principal Software Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at iRobot full-time

    Pros

    Wide variety of projects and career paths to work on.

    Cons

    Senior Management is a bit fixated one a single vertical market.

    Advice to Management

    Branch out into new areas


  7. Very impressive engineers. The managers are conventional. The atmosphere and the spaces are quite good.

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    Current Employee - Principal Mechanical Engineer in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Principal Mechanical Engineer in Bedford, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People respect each other, the products are exciting.

    Cons

    The labs are poor, in my opinion, not enough bench space, instrumentation, materials.

    Advice to Management

    Go into labs often, stop formalities such as surveys and trendy cliches such as "agile"


  8. Accountant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    innovation and good working environment

    Cons

    not i can think of


  9. Good for the most part

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at iRobot full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great group of people. Robots are pretty awesome. Small teams mean more exposure.

    Cons

    Occasional lack of communication from senior management and between functional groups.


  10. Great Environment...like working in a Think Tank

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    Former Employee - Trainer in Bedford, MA
    Former Employee - Trainer in Bedford, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work, smart co-workers, cool technologies. Decent pay.

    Cons

    Small company, not a lot of room for growth.


  11. Great Place to work

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    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with; robots everywhere

    Cons

    Organizational structure was moving around which seemed like a bad sign (especially on the military robots side)



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