iRobot Reviews

Updated July 3, 2014
Updated July 3, 2014
76 Reviews

3.0
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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
  • Many managers tend to micromanage thus becoming an irritant (in 4 reviews)

  • t know how to motivate or retain top talent (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Best Internship program in the planet. Disorganized and contentious workplace

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    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer

    I worked at iRobot full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The internship program is indeed world class. The interns are involved in varying activities and projects on a daily basis. The lead intern (on a second tour) acts like a manager and runs the intern program.

    Cons

    The roles and reponsibilities are not well defined and leave a wide range of lattitude to perform the tasks that you like to perform. However, making the various stakeholders (program mgmt, product mgmt, engineering, etc..) satisified is very difficult because the daily tasks and goals are not well defined. Therefore, agressive and contentious employees achieve at the expense of more proficient people who want to act as part of a team. I asked my manager which tasks I should work on. The repsonse was that the manager was uncertain as to the responsibiliities for supporting the other finctionalities (program mgmt, etc...).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put in an internal audit system and continuous improvement system so that the very smart poeple that are hired can help to improve the processes and systems in the company. Otherwise the company will eventually fail when they do not replace the ROOMBA cash cow.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Interesting, diverse, disappointing, uninspiring

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at iRobot full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Half-day Fridays for the summer. Beer cart. Exceptionally good marketing team. People don’t work as hard as those at other companies I’ve worked at.

    Cons

    Lip service to individual performance and skills. No value associated with capabilities beyond specific job description. Limited opportunities for internal growth unless you are personal friends with upper management. Continual layoffs for the last 3 years. Don’t know how to motivate or retain top talent … the reason for so many openings. Not a state-of-the-art company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand that the technical staff and not the support staff are the life blood of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Too unorganized...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at iRobot full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Beer cart, Fun people...that's it.

    Cons

    You'll NEVER be appreciated for what you do for the company. Highly invisible and too many layers. Everyone seems to be "Senior or Principle Engineer", too many managers/Sr. manager/directors. They are about to be beaten-up by Korean competitors. The only thing iRobot has ever made is it's roomba - everything else is just copy. So unimaginative. If you really care for the company you work for, this is not the place for you, as the company will never care back. People are burdened to death, with no career growth!
    HR is a joke.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care for the people who contribute towards your success EVERYDAY.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great engineers, poor program management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA

    I have been working at iRobot full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    A lot of high skilled and talented employees in ALL areas
    Great pay and benefits
    Wonderful vacation time

    Cons

    Really odd purchasing process, take way to long to buy something
    Different organizational units are completely out of sync
    This company of 600 is run likes it's a company of 100,000, NGC/Lockheed and Boeing are more efficient and have less red tape
    Program management here is very weird, extremely inefficient, can't seem to make decisions. Everyone is passing the buck.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to be Google and be iRobot

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Start showing some respect for employees

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    Current Employee - Upper Management Position  in  Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Upper Management Position in Bedford, MA

    I have been working at iRobot full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Short commute. Can sometimes be very entertaining to listen to some of the conversations.

    Cons

    Rubbing elbows with the right people is more important than being good at your job. Management is always pushing the lower staff for higher levels of performance usually related to more hours not more brilliance. Constant reorganization and layoff. Morale is poor. No employee stock plan. Many managers tend to micromanage thus becoming an irritant. The place is like a post College hangout for some, leaving the work to others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to your people. Seems like the big shots come pump up the stock cash out and leave. Too much higher level turnover. Don't treat all the workers like they are expendible.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Where do I begin?

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager  in  Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Bedford, MA

    I have been working at iRobot full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Passionate people, true desire to "make a difference" and "change the world"

    Cons

    Micromanagement at all levels; no cohesive sense of purpose (every man/woman/child for themselves); lost ability to innovate (just look at the latest acquisition and press surrounding it); cronyism

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time to act on the poor employee survey results that are _consistently given_ an stop paying them lip service alone

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Don't work here

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    Former Employee - Finance  in  New Bedford, MA
    Former Employee - Finance in New Bedford, MA

    I worked at iRobot full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Casual atmosphere. Managers don't micro manage. Flexible work schedule. Interesting environment.

    Cons

    Management out of touch and don't pull their weight. Lower level employees do all the work and get no recognition. If there is an issue managers DO NOT give employee a chance to defend themselves. Don't trust fellow employees. Layoffs not based on job performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate and reward lower level employees. Your way is not the only way. Base layoffs on job performance not connections.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Company has lost its way....

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at iRobot full-time

    Pros

    At the present moment it's hard to say.

    Cons

    It used to be a place where you had fun, built cool stuff and were changing the world. Basically one new product in the last few years. Government money going away and over the years have really done nothing to get military robots retasked and into other markets. The forward looking vision was lacking in this realm. The fun is gone, more or less maintaining the status quo. Layoffs one day and a party the next. Not a formula for cutting costs in my eyes. No communication as to where the company is going, at least not down to the frogs in the pond level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People will go above and beyond if they believe is something. There is no clear path that is visible to those doing the work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Super political, weak top managers, poorly communicated vision

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA

    I have been working at iRobot full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Work-life balance, pay, benefits, potential, strong home robots performance

    Cons

    Poorly communicated vision, misaligned senior leaders, lost culture of innovation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to your roots. Lead from the top and let subordinates do their jobs. Value innovation REALLY. Stop loss of top talent before its too late. Look at all the key employees and co-founders who left because they couldn't pursue iRobot's mission of "changing the world through robotics" while staying employed there......many others are contemplating the same move.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Hiring while Laying Off

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at iRobot full-time

    Pros

    The company just merged and before, it was great.
    The people are very friendly and great.
    Work life balance is good and half day Fridays during the summer is definitely very good for employees.
    Location is very good, close to route 3 and 128.

    Cons

    There has been a lot of layoff due to cost cutting. While it is understandeable to reduce cost, that does not mean you hire people at the same time. Just 2 days ago, 6 positions opened up while there are people still leaving due to layoffs.
    At the same time, people are laid off and getting replaced by people fresh out of college. People who have been laid off have been told to train these new fresh out of college who are probably paid a fraction of the person who got laid off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Watch the company morale. There has been a serious downturn recently in terms of morale.
    On the non business side, management is great(great to talk to, socialize with). However, their business decisions are baffling.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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