iRobot Reviews

Updated August 18, 2015
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iRobot Chairman and CEO Colin M. Angle
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. Brilliant people, fun work, interesting technology

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Best robotics company in the world.

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

    I have been working at iRobot full-time (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 Management

    Better foster innovation.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Fantastic Place to be an Engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Mechanical Engineering Intern in Bedford, MA
    Former Intern - Mechanical Engineering Intern in Bedford, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Freedom to think, freedom to tinker

    Cons

    Difficult to get internally promoted


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  5. Good people and technology but working through growing pains.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Bedford, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at iRobot (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 Management

    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.


  6. Great Experience

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - ME Intern in Bedford, MA
    Former Employee - ME Intern in Bedford, MA

    I worked at iRobot full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    A lot of work to do

    Cons

    I could not find any

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  7. Internship Review

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

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

    Pros

    Amazing staff and intership program, very relaxed but hardworking. Always willing to lend a hand or help when you needed it. There is a lot to learn there and if you get the opportunity to intern for them you should take it

    Cons

    different engineering teams often fought over intern allocation which made it hard to get projects done because you were pulled in 2 directions at once if you weren't a "designated" intern

    Advice to Management

    dedicate every intern otherwise keep up the good work


  8. Highly recommended company to work at

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Mechanical Engineer Intern in Bedford, MA
    Current Intern - Mechanical Engineer Intern in Bedford, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at iRobot as an intern (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 Management

    Provide a slightly more structured internship program for the ME's. It would have been helpful if we had


  9. Best employer of all those at which I have worked.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - SQA in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - SQA in Bedford, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at iRobot full-time (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 Management

    Keep up the great work, fantastic employee-centric atmosphere. Encourage lateral moves where possible to support career growth.


  10. iRobot is Awesome

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - EE Intern in Bedford, MA
    Former Intern - EE Intern in Bedford, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very nice people and a great company culture

    Cons

    Some of the ME engineers expect the interns to put in more hours then they are compensated for.


  11. Great to be part of a new market.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at iRobot full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Smart people advancing autonomous systems development

    Cons

    Company uncertain whether they want to be a near term or long term success. Some caustic leadership at the division level.



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