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iRobot Reviews

Updated Jul 28, 2014
iRobot – Bedford – “View from outside the iRobot headquarter office…”

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3.1 64 reviews

60% Approve of the CEO

iRobot Chairman and CEO Colin M. Angle

Colin M. Angle

(40 ratings)

61% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    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)

    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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    fun place

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) Bedford, MA

    Proslots of great challenges
    fun projects
    great people

    Consmany layoffs
    constant change in management
    lack of internal promotion

    Advice to Senior Managementfocus on innovation

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to start in engineering

    Engineer (Former Employee) Bedford, MA

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

    ConsLimited growth, narrow set of products to work on.

    Advice to Senior Managementget back to the roots of iRobot

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Mostly good, some discontent

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Bedford, MA

    ProsFlex 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.

    ConsThere 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 Senior ManagementBroaden the product category to include more than vacuums and military robots

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Fantastic Place to be an Engineer

    Mechanical Engineering Intern (Former Employee) Bedford, MA

    ProsFreedom to think, freedom to tinker

    ConsDifficult to get internally promoted

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good, fun place to work

    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee) Bedford, MA

    ProsLots 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.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementDiversify to more industry products.

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    Where do I begin?

    Product Manager (Current Employee) Bedford, MA

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Best robotics company in the world.

    Engineer (Current Employee) Bedford, MA

    ProsSome of the coolest products in the world. Exceptionally talented workforce.

    ConsGoing 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 Senior ManagementBetter foster innovation.

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

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    Don't work here

    Finance (Former Employee) New Bedford, MA

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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