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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Best robotics company in the world.

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

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

    Pros

    Some of the coolest products in the world. Exceptionally talented workforce.

    Cons

    Going through lots of changes in personnel, org structure, strategy so lots of ambiguity. People on Glassdoor that don't like working here (please quit).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better foster innovation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Don't work here

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    Former Employee - Finance  in  New Bedford, MA
    Former Employee - Finance in New Bedford, MA

    I worked at iRobot full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Casual atmosphere. Managers don't micro manage. Flexible work schedule. Interesting environment.

    Cons

    Management out of touch and don't pull their weight. Lower level employees do all the work and get no recognition. If there is an issue managers DO NOT give employee a chance to defend themselves. Don't trust fellow employees. Layoffs not based on job performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate and reward lower level employees. Your way is not the only way. Base layoffs on job performance not connections.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Discrimination

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

    I worked at iRobot

    Pros

    Flexibility between home life and work life - most of the time.

    Cons

    Lacks innovation. Micromanaged. Lack of empathetic listening to customers and employees. Purchasing technology instead of inventing the technology is the norm. Anyone perceived as a threat is eventually eliminated or emasculated - for lack of a better term - if they want to keep their job. They have re-org'ed 3 times in the past 12-14 months.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop throwing stuff at the wall to see what sticks. Be innovative. Value your employees with sincerity and not tongue-in-cheek.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Super political, weak top managers, poorly communicated vision

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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 10 years

    Pros

    Work-life balance, pay, benefits, potential, strong home robots performance

    Cons

    Poorly communicated vision, misaligned senior leaders, lost culture of innovation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to your roots. Lead from the top and let subordinates do their jobs. Value innovation REALLY. Stop loss of top talent before its too late. Look at all the key employees and co-founders who left because they couldn't pursue iRobot's mission of "changing the world through robotics" while staying employed there......many others are contemplating the same move.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    creative problem solving working in teams with experienced talented engineers

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

    I have been working at iRobot

    Pros

    robotics is a challenging but fun area to work in. Engineering decisions are data-driven and management create a great environment for creativity.

    Cons

    Growing pains, esp. interactions with contractors and temporary hires.
    Getting political but not too bad. This is not as big a problem as many other places
    Engineering titles are not standardized

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to spur innovation amongst employees and differentiate yourself from competition

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fascinating Technology

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

    I worked at iRobot

    Pros

    Get to work with loads of different discipline engineers (MEs, EEs, SEs, SWEs, EMEs, etc.).
    Cutting edge tech.
    Engineers are solid, smart, good at what they do.
    Management was listening to employee feedback and taking steps to improve.
    Great place to work!

    Cons

    Growing pains, esp. interactions with subcontractors.
    Getting political but not too bad. This is not as big a problem as many other places
    Management often inexperienced and can make mistakes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sometimes management seems to be a little more aloof than it should be. They are doing something about it though, which is good.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Get out of here!

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

    I have been working at iRobot

    Pros

    -Work life balance is great, because no one does their work and they just shift blame from one person in a team to another

    Cons

    -They haven't come out with a new robot (on their own IP) for ten years. Don't come here if you want to be working for an innovative company. They sell themselves well, but they don't live up to the hype
    -Everyone here points fingers, they don't take ownership
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    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You talk a big game about talent retention, but you just had one of your biggest years for profit. Put your money where your mouth is.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    disappointing

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

    I have been working at iRobot

    Pros

    buzz around the company is good

    Cons

    Reality inside very different from external PR

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Ho Hum

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    Current Employee - Ecad Administrator  in  Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Ecad Administrator in Bedford, MA

    I have been working at iRobot

    Pros

    A regular paycheck and not too long a commute. I'm well payed for what I do. Average place, standard benefits.

    Cons

    A good of compartamentalized knowledge, I always feel like management is not in touch with the rest of us and they seem very stingy with information regarding the company and the state of teh business. Presentation are staged to dispense information geared to stimulate people and it usually feels like a show and not really the truth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get us all on the same page. Personally I feel like a mushroom.

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    nice place for a geek

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

    I worked at iRobot

    Pros

    loose structure and casual environment, exposure to high tech. Really a good place if you work in their government contract department

    Cons

    structure too loose. very vague responsibility in their home department, very ineffective communication and very behind in implementing enterprise-level applicatioin.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    invest in long-term solution instead of focusing on short-term unsustainable fixes. invest in long term relationship with quality OEM vendors

    Disapproves of CEO

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