iRobot

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iRobot Reviews

Updated December 14, 2014
Updated December 14, 2014
69 Reviews
3.2
69 Reviews
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iRobot Chairman and CEO Colin M. Angle
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Review Highlights

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.  

    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
  2. 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 (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
  3.  

    Military, home and telepresence robots

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    • 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 (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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at iRobot full-time

    Pros

    Cool environment, people were great. Working everyday with Robots was the coolest experience, plus there is so much to learn from the people there

    Cons

    Instability, as the company grew at a fast pace, and when the economy slowed, layoffs were inevitable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value people over $$$

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    great place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at iRobot full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    beleive in looking at internal candidates first
    company has great future, even if current defense business is slow
    employees really care about company and product, want to do what is right
    great products, engineers are continually thinking about the future

    Cons

    current downturn in defense business has resulted in layoffs and decreasing morale

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    fun place

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bedford, MA

    I have been working at iRobot full-time (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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to start in engineering

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

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

    Pros

    Very innovative, creative and unique products. Plenty to learn from experienced professionals.

    Cons

    Limited growth, narrow set of products to work on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get back to the roots of iRobot

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Mostly good, some discontent

    • Comp & Benefits
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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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flex time is available and they start you out with three weeks vacation. The health benefits are standard with employee contribution. Given the necessary tools to accomplish the job. The people are very nice.

    Cons

    There seems to be a general discontent of the management by a lot of the people. There is a feeling of an unstable work environment due the a regular dose of layoffs and firings. Can be a loud work environment with robots running around.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Broaden the product category to include more than vacuums and military robots

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good, fun place to work

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

    I worked at iRobot full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of Interesting work, lots of robots running around, diverse problems to work on, ranging from embedded code and drivers to applications. The research group gets into some very interesting projects.. Fun company culture, and good work life balance. They genuinely care about the employees.

    Cons

    G&I division depends on government funding, which can sometimes be slow or problematic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Diversify to more industry products.

  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    So much potential, it is invigorating but also frustrating when the magic isn't appreciated by C-level execs.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA

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

    Pros

    The business of designing robots requires broad experience, and gives employees broad experience when working here. Employees can cultivate their understanding of mechanical, electrical, software, and manufacturing as applied to consumer and military robots. It is not a boring place to work.

    Cons

    Suprisingly, there are almost never any cool robots wandering the halls.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The magic of Roomba and Packbot is partially due to the accidental nature of the success. Many of the conference rooms are named with a "failed" robot. Let's regain the enthusiasm we had and build some more failures. At worst we will get some more conference room names, and it's a great way to stumble upon next big thing. Bonus is that employees will want to get out of bed in the morning to participate.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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