iRobot Reviews

Updated August 30, 2015
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  1. Great Company

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Market leading consumer robotics products

    Cons

    iRobot has split its focus between three distinctly different markets. It should focus its efforts on the consumer market.


  2. Robotics Software Engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at iRobot full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work. Colleagues are very hard-working, supportive and make sure that you get ahead in your career and advance the company.

    Cons

    Cannot think of any cons.


  3. Great work place

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President
    Current Employee - Vice President
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great work environment, great responsibility, professional networking. influencing others to reach their professional potential. Creative work environment and innovative training programs.

    Cons

    24/7 work hours never not working, always in need of more time. the level of stress carried daily and constant need for new ideas and less cost.

    Advice to Management

    meet more or video conference more


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  5. Great place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineering Intern in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineering Intern in Burlington, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I learned quite a bit in areas that I wasn't too familiar with earlier, got to work with some very interesting and smart people, and interacted with upper management on a fairly regular basis. Very interesting time, had a lot of fun.

    Cons

    I have very few complaints, but as an electrical engineering intern there was a lot of weak testing, soldering, wiring, etc. kind of work early on. The amount of that kind of work went down over the course of the summer however.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to act like a small company even as things get much larger. Even though it's unfeasible for everybody in the company to know everyone else, people up to even the vice president level should get to meet everyone working below them.


  6. Helpful (1)

    creative problem solving working in teams with experienced talented engineers

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bedford, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    robotics is a challenging but fun area to work in. Engineering decisions are data-driven and management create a great environment for creativity.

    Cons

    Growing pains, esp. interactions with contractors and temporary hires. Getting political but not too bad. This is not as big a problem as many other places Engineering titles are not standardized

    Advice to Management

    Continue to spur innovation amongst employees and differentiate yourself from competition


  7. Helpful (3)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Good, fun place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bedford, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bedford, MA

    I worked at iRobot full-time (More than a 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 Management

    Diversify to more industry products.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Mostly good, some discontent

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  10. Helpful (1)

    Great place to start in engineering

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Bedford, MA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Bedford, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    get back to the roots of iRobot


  11. Helpful (1)

    fun place

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bedford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    focus on innovation



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