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iRobot Reviews

Updated January 28, 2015
Updated January 28, 2015
71 Reviews
3.2
71 Reviews
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iRobot Chairman and CEO Colin M. Angle
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance is good and half day Fridays during the summer is definitely very good for employees (in 5 reviews)

  • Great work environment, great responsibility, professional networking (in 4 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.  

    Cool Stuff

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    It was a positive experience over all

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

    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.  

    Hardware Engineer Co-op for the Advanced Development Team

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
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  5.  

    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

  6.  

    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
  7.  

    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
  8. 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
  9.  

    Military, home and telepresence robots

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    • 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
  10.  

    The best place to learn

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Intern in Mysore (India)
    Former Employee - Technical Intern in Mysore (India)

    I worked at iRobot as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good team, access to latest technology, awesome robots

    Cons

    The company should have retained this office

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -None-

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

    • 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

    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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