iRobot Reviews

Updated March 15, 2015
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  1. Highly recommended company to work at

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Mechanical Engineer Intern in Bedford, MA
    Current Intern - Mechanical Engineer Intern in Bedford, MA

    I have been working at iRobot as an intern (less than a 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
  2. It was a positive experience over all

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at iRobot as a contractor (less than a 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
  3. Internship Review

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Mechanical Engineering Intern in Bedford, MA
    Former Intern - Mechanical Engineering Intern in Bedford, MA

    I worked at iRobot as an intern (less than a 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
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  5. Hardware Engineer Co-op for the Advanced Development Team

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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 a 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
  6. Great Experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 a year)

    Pros

    A lot of work to do

    Cons

    I could not find any

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

  7. Great Experience; Great Company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous 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

  8. Lots of potential

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    If 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.

    Cons

    Some 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 ManagementAdvice

    There 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful

    Start showing some respect for employees

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Upper Management Position in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Upper Management Position in Bedford, MA

    I have been working at iRobot full-time (more than 5 years)

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at iRobot

    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
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Wonderfully innovative company developing products in an exciting new market.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA

    I worked at iRobot full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fun projects, great history, exciting people!

    Cons

    Below market compensation, downsizing with reduced government spending.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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