iRobot Reviews

Updated October 19, 2014
Updated October 19, 2014
66 Reviews
3.1
66 Reviews
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    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

  2.  

    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
  3.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Wonderfully innovative company developing products in an exciting new market.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Start showing some respect for employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    What a waste of talent...

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

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

    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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stop the lies

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bedford, MA

    I have been working at iRobot full-time (more than 3 years)

    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
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Horrible management

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

    I worked at iRobot

    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
  10.  

    Good people and technology but working through growing pains.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Bedford, MA

    I have been working at iRobot (more than 3 years)

    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
  11.  

    Military, home and telepresence robots

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

    I have been working at iRobot full-time (more than 3 years)

    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

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