iRobot
3.2 of 5 55 reviews
www.irobot.com Bedford, MA 500 to 999 Employees

iRobot Reviews

Updated Mar 15, 2014
iRobot – Bedford – “View from outside the iRobot headquarter office…”

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60% Approve of the CEO

iRobot Chairman and CEO Colin M. Angle

Colin M. Angle

(35 ratings)

64% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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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 4 reviews
  • "Some real good people who want the company to succeed"
    in 2 reviews
Cons:
  • "Many managers tend to micromanage thus becoming an irritant"
    in 3 reviews
  • "Government money going away and over the years have really done nothing to get military robots retasked and into other markets"
    in 2 reviews
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It was a positive experience over all

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

ProsThere 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.

ConsAlthough 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 Senior ManagementIf 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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Hardware Engineer Co-op for the Advanced Development Team

Hardware Engineer Coop (Current Employee)
Bedford, MA

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

ProsGet to work with cutting edge technology

ConsOn the military side it is somewhat pro-war.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great Experience; Great Company

Anonymous Employee (Former 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

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Lots of potential

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

ProsIf 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.

ConsSome 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 Senior ManagementThere 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)

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at iRobot

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

ConsPoor professional culture, continued management issues, significant management turnover

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Wonderfully innovative company developing products in an exciting new market.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Bedford, MA

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

ProsFun projects, great history, exciting people!

ConsBelow market compensation, downsizing with reduced government spending.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Military, home and telepresence robots

Principal Mechanical Engineer (Current Employee)
Bedford, MA

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

ProsMilitary 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.

ConsLong 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 Senior ManagementBring back idea bakeoffs.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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The best place to learn

Technical Intern (Former Employee)
Mysore (India)

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

ProsGood team, access to latest technology, awesome robots

ConsThe company should have retained this office

Advice to Senior Management-None-

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Great place to work

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at iRobot full-time

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

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

Advice to Senior ManagementValue people over $$$

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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great place to work

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

Prosbeleive 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

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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