iRobot Reviews

Updated July 28, 2014
Updated July 28, 2014
65 Reviews
3.0
65 Reviews
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iRobot Chairman and CEO Colin M. Angle
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work/life balance including fairly flexible work schedules (in 5 reviews)

  • Get to work with cutting edge technology (in 3 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.  

    Best employer of all those at which I have worked.

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    • 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 for more than a 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
  2.  

    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 for less than a 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
  3.  

    Good people and technology but working through growing pains.

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

    I have been working at iRobot for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Exciting market and technology.
    Fun to actually produce stuff and push technology to market.
    Smart, hard working and dependable people in the company. Pleasure to work with almost all!
    The company mission is referenced often and I believed we live by the mission.

    Cons

    Recently, a little too quick to change direction and too often.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to flatten the organization and tap into the collective genius of the people. I hear a lot of employees say great things but they act as if thy do not have a voice to insert good ideas.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Best robotics company in the world.

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

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

    Pros

    Some of the coolest products in the world. Exceptionally talented workforce.

    Cons

    Going through lots of changes in personnel, org structure, strategy so lots of ambiguity. People on Glassdoor that don't like working here (please quit).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better foster innovation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great work place

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

    I have been working at iRobot

    Pros

    Great work environment, great responsibility, professional networking. influencing others to reach their professional potential. Creative work environment and innovative training programs.

    Cons

    24/7 work hours never not working, always in need of more time. the level of stress carried daily and constant need for new ideas and less cost.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    meet more or video conference more

    Recommends
  7.  

    Brilliant people, fun work, interesting technology

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA

    I have been working at iRobot

    Pros

    The engineers are very smart and a pleasure to work with. Unlike most places I have worked, at iRobot I find myself surrounded by intelligent people who want to do a good job. Slackers don't fit in but creative experts will feel right at home. The work is actually fun. Really! No joke!

    Cons

    Scope of government funding and careful safe guarding of company money often prevents development of higher risk/higher reward technologies. Middle management can dither and waste time that could be better spent doing actual work. Too many managers managing too few engineers in some projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your engineers are smart, your leadership has decent vision, but you need to slim the middleman and let your people spend the money advancing the product instead of analyzing until they only have the time for a quick fix.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    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 for less than a 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
  9.  

    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 for less than a 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
  10.  

    Military, home and telepresence robots

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

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

    Pros

    Military robots: you get to save lives!
    Home robots: a chance to work on cool stuff and see the fruit of your labors on store shelves around the world.
    Telepresence: contribute to an emerging paradigm.

    Cons

    Long hours, frequent Asia travel if working on Home robots. (Then again, some like that.)
    Recent federal budget cuts have taken their toll on the military side.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring back idea bakeoffs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    fun place

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

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

    Pros

    lots of great challenges
    fun projects
    great people

    Cons

    many layoffs
    constant change in management
    lack of internal promotion

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus on innovation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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