iRobot Reviews

Updated June 17, 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. Great Place to work but like all employers there are pros and cons

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA

    I have been working at iRobot full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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


  2. Awesome place to work

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  3. Principal Software Engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at iRobot full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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


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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Mechanical Engineer in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Principal Mechanical Engineer in Bedford, MA

    I have been working at iRobot

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    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"


  6. Accountant

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at iRobot

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    innovation and good working environment

    Cons

    not i can think of


  7. Good for the most part

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


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

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Trainer in Bedford, MA
    Former Employee - Trainer in Bedford, MA

    I worked at iRobot

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    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.


  9. Great Place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern

    I worked at iRobot

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    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)


  10. Helpful (1)

    Great intern program, but obvious disorganization for levels above "intern"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Mechanical Engineering in Bedford, MA
    Former Intern - Mechanical Engineering in Bedford, MA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -great pay
    -flexible hours
    -great environment and culture
    -you get to spend your day surrounded by robots

    Cons

    -pretty obvious that a lot of the senior staff are just as directionless as the mid-level and entry level engineers.
    -you will not be hired (at all) for an entry level position unless you were previously (or currently) an intern. This was openly stated by management. You could be a valedictorian of your school, and the most they'll offer you is an internship if you haven't already had one with them.
    -very much a "self-starter" attitude at the company, when it comes to problem solving. If you identify a problem, then you should identify the solution, and then just tell the manager in charge of the project your idea - 9/10 they'll say "Good. Do that". This will get you noticed in all the right ways, but it creates an environment of "left hand not knowing what right is doing"
    -the separation between teams is understandable from a 'commercial espionage' stand point, but it hinders a lot of idea generation. You can really only seek out your team mates to bounce ideas off of to troubleshoot.

    Advice to Management

    Everyone higher than associate is some kind of "Sr. Principal manager". I know they're just titles, but if your employees cannot clearly see the chain of command, then they cannot figure out who to do to for work or to see about the red tape in their way. Play with your management structure, because even from the perspective of an intern, it is obvious that the middle management is an organizational mess.


  11. Great Learning experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

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

    Pros

    Great technology, great people and a fast paced environment.

    Cons

    Difficult for people who do not have a start up mentatlity

    Advice to Management

    Great work. Keep it up



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