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iRobot Reviews

Updated July 28, 2014
Updated July 28, 2014
76 Reviews

3.0
76 Reviews
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iRobot Chairman and CEO Colin M. Angle
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
  • 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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Employee 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

    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

    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. 4 people found this helpful  

    Start showing some respect for employees

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    Current Employee - Upper Management Position  in  Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Upper Management Position in Bedford, MA

    Pros

    Short commute. Can sometimes be very entertaining to listen to some of the conversations.

    Cons

    Rubbing elbows with the right people is more important than being good at your job. Management is always pushing the lower staff for higher levels of performance usually related to more hours not more brilliance. Constant reorganization and layoff. Morale is poor. No employee stock plan. Many managers tend to micromanage thus becoming an irritant. The place is like a post College hangout for some, leaving the work to others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to your people. Seems like the big shots come pump up the stock cash out and leave. Too much higher level turnover. Don't treat all the workers like they are expendible.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stop the lies

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

    Pros

    Enthusiastic employees. Creative people. Cool projects.

    Cons

    Constant lies and misinformation coming from upper management. Micromanagement of workers. Too many managers. Numerous layoffs and reorganizations. Weak, non-competitive employee compensation. Lots of turnover...company losing brain trust and top talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start paying attention to surveys rather than paying lip service.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Horrible management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Get to work with best in class engineers that are completely unappreciated by management.

    Cons

    CEO is complete figurehead and is impotent to make changes. Upper level management calls all of the shots and is making horrible decisions that is adversely impacting the morale of the workers. Impossible to get internally promoted, no ability to grow within organization. Management blatantly lies to workforce. Constant turnover of top talent. Numerous reorganizations, layoffs and office closures.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You should fire yourselves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    What a waste of talent...

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

    Pros

    Inspiring mission and product portfolio

    Cons

    Constant exodus of highly skilled engineering talent due to poor management. Major issues with management include: lack of honesty, poor decision making, constant reorganizations and layoffs, and absence of career growth for skilled engineers with proven track records. I also find iRobot to be a high anxiety workplace.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Address the cons that I mention above. Be honest with your workers. Start appreciating your engineers!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Good people and technology but working through growing pains.

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    Current Employee - Product Manager  in  Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Bedford, MA

    Pros

    Exciting market and technology.
    Fun to actually produce stuff and push technology to market.
    Smart, hard working and dependable people in the company. Pleasure to work with almost all!
    The company mission is referenced often and I believed we live by the mission.

    Cons

    Recently, a little too quick to change direction and too often.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to flatten the organization and tap into the collective genius of the people. I hear a lot of employees say great things but they act as if thy do not have a voice to insert good ideas.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Military, home and telepresence robots

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    Current Employee - Principal Mechanical Engineer  in  Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Principal Mechanical Engineer in Bedford, MA

    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
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stay away from Corporate Division

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bedford, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA

    Pros

    Great location; benefits not bad, but no ESPP

    Cons

    Too many Director Level people for not enough lower level people; org chart to big for size company; no rhyme or reason regarding who to layoff; not enough cross training; not enough woman in management or above roles; low moral; "boys club"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees and actually do something about it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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

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