iRobot Reviews

Updated August 29, 2014
Updated August 29, 2014
65 Reviews
3.0
65 Reviews
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iRobot Chairman and CEO Colin M. Angle
Colin M. Angle
41 Ratings

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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Go Home Robots

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

    I worked at iRobot full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    *Competitive compensation
    *Solid foundation of employees
    *Bright future

    Cons

    Reorganization has forced many quality people to leave

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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    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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    great place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at iRobot full-time for more than 5 years

    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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    fun place

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

    I have been working at iRobot full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    lots of great challenges
    fun projects
    great people

    Cons

    many layoffs
    constant change in management
    lack of internal promotion

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus on innovation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to start in engineering

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    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Bedford, MA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Bedford, MA

    I worked at iRobot full-time for more than 3 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    get back to the roots of iRobot

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Mostly good, some discontent

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Broaden the product category to include more than vacuums and military robots

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fantastic Place to be an Engineer

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineering Intern  in  Bedford, MA
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineering Intern in Bedford, MA

    I worked at iRobot as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Freedom to think, freedom to tinker

    Cons

    Difficult to get internally promoted

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good, fun place to work

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Bedford, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bedford, MA

    I worked at iRobot full-time for 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 ManagementAdvice

    Diversify to more industry products.

  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    So much potential, it is invigorating but also frustrating when the magic isn't appreciated by C-level execs.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA

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

    Pros

    The business of designing robots requires broad experience, and gives employees broad experience when working here. Employees can cultivate their understanding of mechanical, electrical, software, and manufacturing as applied to consumer and military robots. It is not a boring place to work.

    Cons

    Suprisingly, there are almost never any cool robots wandering the halls.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The magic of Roomba and Packbot is partially due to the accidental nature of the success. Many of the conference rooms are named with a "failed" robot. Let's regain the enthusiasm we had and build some more failures. At worst we will get some more conference room names, and it's a great way to stumble upon next big thing. Bonus is that employees will want to get out of bed in the morning to participate.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Where do I begin?

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

    I have been working at iRobot full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Passionate people, true desire to "make a difference" and "change the world"

    Cons

    Micromanagement at all levels; no cohesive sense of purpose (every man/woman/child for themselves); lost ability to innovate (just look at the latest acquisition and press surrounding it); cronyism

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time to act on the poor employee survey results that are _consistently given_ an stop paying them lip service alone

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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