iRobot Reviews

Updated July 23, 2014
Updated July 23, 2014
65 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
  • 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 Learning experience

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    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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fun Jobs, Odd Management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at iRobot for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Everyone there loves what they're doing. You will probably never find another place so full of people who love their jobs so much. That alone makes it a cool culture. There are a lot of innovations and very cool things to work on from the mechanical to electrical to software.

    Cons

    They aren't the most software-friendly environment. The founders were mostly mechanical in disciplines, so software scheduling is sometimes a little bizarre. Software decisions are often made on history, not necessarily what's good going forward and you end up stuck with those decisions (as does the company).

    Overall, they have the worst IT support on the planet. The individual workers are really good, positive and helpful, but the structure is horrific. Makes the environment limiting and difficult to get technical things done. Too bad, because the team on the ground is high-quality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Walk around. Get back to your roots. There are so many innovators in this company, use them to innovate.

    Fix IT support's mission. Look at the little things, free up people to be more productive.

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Would of stayed if I could

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineering Intern  in  Bedford, MA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineering Intern in Bedford, MA

    I worked at iRobot as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    Great work environment, Everyone that works there is there to help you and build a better product. Fun laid back atmosphere but work still gets done. Innovative products, Working on the Defense side helping people change the world and saving lives was pretty cool.

    Cons

    A lot of disorganization on the project I worked on, Miscommunication constantly causing more work and stress. When shipping robots out for conventions and etc. not given enough time to make sure robot and all accessories were there at times.
    I was there as a contractor then received an internship so I had the grunt work, and never missing a single day of work I had a passion and drive to really learn from iRobot. I tried to get an extension on my internship because I knew there was so much more for me to learn, however I was told because I did not go to a four year institution this would not be possible. I do see great things in the future for iRobot I wish I could have been apart of

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to really see how the company works as a whole. Learn from the lowest employee you have working there to your most senior engineer. If you want a company to grow and prosper you have to get out of the office and in the field and the labs and only then will you grow.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Cool Stuff

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    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Bedford, MA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Bedford, MA

    I worked at iRobot full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very intelligent, motivated and collaborative employees.
    Minimal politics. Most employees trying to do the right thing.
    Very cool products that lead in their markets.
    Profitable and huge growth in consumer robotics.
    Great culture and mission. Lots of training, family activities, team building.
    Competitive pay.
    Flexible work arrangements.

    Cons

    Product plans and priorities change a lot, so engineers sometimes jerked around and creates a lot of inefficiency.
    Too many processes force low value work.
    Lots of management changes & re-organizations.
    Unrealistically aggressive program timelines without sufficient resources causes unnecessary stress and sets teams up for failure. Too many programs planned for available resources.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more resources on fewer programs. This will improve employee morale, engagement and retention.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    It was a positive experience over all

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at iRobot as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    There are some nice people there, they have a beer and snack cart that comes around every so often, and it seems to be a pretty stable company. They do fun things around the holidays.

    Cons

    Although there are a lot of nice people, like most places, it seems to be more about who you know rather than what you know. The loudest, most outgoing people move up the ranks. Extroverts are very much valued here. Some people are so concerned about looking good that they will actually hold others back and prevent others from reaching their fullest potential for fear of looking bad in comparison. It all depends on what department you're in though.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you bring people in on a temporary basis and they do a good job for you, try to find a way to keep them rather than letting good, hard working people go.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Hardware Engineer Co-op for the Advanced Development Team

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    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
  8.  

    Great Experience; Great Company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at iRobot

    Pros

    - Work with people in many different fields
    - Producing quality products that will change the future
    - Robots drive around you at work
    - Roombas
    - Good pay
    - Located in the Boston area

    Cons

    - Traffic to/from work can be terrible at times
    - Still has a corporation-feel, though plans are being made to change this

  9.  

    Lots of potential

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at iRobot full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    If you get the chance of actually working with/interacting with the executive team you quickly realize how much they care about the company and those who work within it.

    The majority of the "individual contributors" are some of the brightest, hard working and fun to be around people that I have ever had the pleasure of working along side with.

    Cons

    Some groups/departments are great to work in/with, other groups I would tell people to avoid which explains the mixed reviews on here.

    Lack of opportunity to grow/advance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is a break down between the executive team and the "workers" somewhere in middle management that is preventing the company from being "great". Maybe more interaction between the executive team and the "individual contributors" would do some good. Make a point of having lunch with someone new once a week on the "lower end" of the workforce in an informal setting so folks can see how you really are and not the trickle down approach which isn't really working. (Very few people outside of middle management could even tell you where the CEO's office even is)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    One-time startup that has had struggles as it has continued to grow

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at iRobot

    Pros

    A great group of people, passionate ideas, and an excellent personal culture

    Cons

    Poor professional culture, continued management issues, significant management turnover

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Wonderfully innovative company developing products in an exciting new market.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bedford, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA

    I worked at iRobot full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Fun projects, great history, exciting people!

    Cons

    Below market compensation, downsizing with reduced government spending.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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