iRobot Reviews

Updated October 19, 2014
Updated October 19, 2014
66 Reviews
3.1
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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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great engineers, poor program management

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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 5 years)

    Pros

    A lot of high skilled and talented employees in ALL areas
    Great pay and benefits
    Wonderful vacation time

    Cons

    Really odd purchasing process, take way to long to buy something
    Different organizational units are completely out of sync
    This company of 600 is run likes it's a company of 100,000, NGC/Lockheed and Boeing are more efficient and have less red tape
    Program management here is very weird, extremely inefficient, can't seem to make decisions. Everyone is passing the buck.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to be Google and be iRobot

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 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 (more than an 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
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stay away from iRobot

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at iRobot (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Casual dress code but that is just about the only remaining positive for working at iRobot. It used to be good a few years ago...before some horrible managers came on board.

    Cons

    Super political. Constant lies from management. Lots of random layoffs. Stagnant product line. Unappreciated employees. Glass ceiling once you've been there a few years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start rewarding honesty

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves 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 (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.  

    Highly recommended company to work at

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer Intern in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer Intern in Bedford, MA

    I have been working at iRobot as an intern (less than an 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    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 (less than an 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
  8.  

    Internship Review

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineering Intern in Bedford, MA
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineering Intern in Bedford, MA

    I worked at iRobot as an intern (less than an 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 ManagementAdvice

    dedicate every intern otherwise keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    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 (less than an 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
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Management driving the company into the ground

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at iRobot

    Pros

    Used to have a strong culture that felt like a second family.

    Cons

    Constant misinformation and lies coming from the Engineering management team (C3 and Hiten S.).
    Numerous, highly talented, engineers quitting.
    Constant layoffs, moves and reorganizations.
    Individuals in remote offices are treated like second class employees.
    Multiple remote offices have been closed in the past year.
    No room for job growth or salary growth once you have been with the company for a couple years.
    Product line is stagnant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to destroy the company...keep it up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great Experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - ME Intern in Bedford, MA
    Former Employee - ME Intern in Bedford, MA

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

    Pros

    A lot of work to do

    Cons

    I could not find any

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

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