iRobot Reviews

Updated June 17, 2015
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  1. Good people and technology but working through growing pains.

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  2. Military, home and telepresence robots

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Bring back idea bakeoffs.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Stay away from Corporate Division

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Listen to your employees and actually do something about it.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Go Home Robots

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    *Competitive compensation
    *Solid foundation of employees
    *Bright future

    Cons

    Reorganization has forced many quality people to leave

    Advice to Management

    Stop being so reactive to changes in the economy and try being more proactive.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work

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

    I worked at iRobot full-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Value people over $$$


  7. Helpful (1)

    great place to work

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

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    beleive in looking at internal candidates first
    company has great future, even if current defense business is slow
    employees really care about company and product, want to do what is right
    great products, engineers are continually thinking about the future

    Cons

    current downturn in defense business has resulted in layoffs and decreasing morale


  8. Helpful (1)

    fun place

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

    I have been working at iRobot full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great place to start in engineering

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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


  10. Helpful (2)

    Mostly good, some discontent

    • 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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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


  11. 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.



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