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iRobot Reviews

Updated January 14, 2015
Updated January 14, 2015
70 Reviews
3.2
70 Reviews
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iRobot Chairman and CEO Colin M. Angle
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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fascinating Technology

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Get out of here!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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
    -

    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
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    disappointing

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Ho Hum

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6.  

    nice place for a geek

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Great potential soured by a lousy boss

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

    I worked at iRobot

    Pros

    Lots of brilliant people in one place. Decent benefits.

    Cons

    For me it was the guy I reported to directly, he was an extreme micromanager, didn't allow me to work anywhere near my ability, I would do things and he would take credit for them. He fosterered an atmosphere of distrust as his only goals wer to ascend himself thru his politics. he was a master twister of the truth and perpetual manipulator. Many feared him.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay close attention to mid level management, specifically listen to the more seasoned employees as we offer lots of experience from different areas, you are not capitalizing on this by allowing the inexperienced to lead. There are too many people with titles, it just seems that everyone is a Lead or senior lead, basically everyone is a Chief and there seems to be a shrotage of indians.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great potential, needs vision

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA

    I have been working at iRobot

    Pros

    We do build cool stuff. The people here are great to work with, and we get a nice amount of paid time off.

    Cons

    The company seems to have a distressing tendency toward doing the absolute minimum necessary to accomplish its immediate goals, with respect both to its customers and to its employees. They are also pretty bad at communicating internally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more proactive about fixing problems and making improvements - don't wait until it becomes a crisis. Talk with your underlings about what's going on - if we hear about what the company is doing, or what's going wrong, by reading the news (or press releases), something is wrong.

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineering Intern in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineering Intern in Burlington, MA

    I worked at iRobot

    Pros

    I learned quite a bit in areas that I wasn't too familiar with earlier, got to work with some very interesting and smart people, and interacted with upper management on a fairly regular basis. Very interesting time, had a lot of fun.

    Cons

    I have very few complaints, but as an electrical engineering intern there was a lot of weak testing, soldering, wiring, etc. kind of work early on. The amount of that kind of work went down over the course of the summer however.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to act like a small company even as things get much larger. Even though it's unfeasible for everybody in the company to know everyone else, people up to even the vice president level should get to meet everyone working below them.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Fun place to work, but poor leadership and lack of vision from top management.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in New Bedford, MA
    Former Employee - Engineer in New Bedford, MA

    I worked at iRobot

    Pros

    Flexible Work Hours are unbeatable for accommodating non-work interests. The company has a lot of youthful excitement and energy, and a ton of fun and fantastic people who work there (they just tend not to be managers).

    Cons

    Management at the top level is does a poor job of communicating intentions and vision to those below them. The "number one priority" changes day to day and projects can be redirected or axed per whims of management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a strategic plan and actually follow it instead of chasing the latest fire, fad, or personal conviction. Create an environment which encourages personal accountability instead of rampant finger-pointing among departments.

    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Brilliant people, fun work, interesting technology

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

    I have been working at iRobot

    Pros

    The engineers are very smart and a pleasure to work with. Unlike most places I have worked, at iRobot I find myself surrounded by intelligent people who want to do a good job. Slackers don't fit in but creative experts will feel right at home. The work is actually fun. Really! No joke!

    Cons

    Scope of government funding and careful safe guarding of company money often prevents development of higher risk/higher reward technologies. Middle management can dither and waste time that could be better spent doing actual work. Too many managers managing too few engineers in some projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your engineers are smart, your leadership has decent vision, but you need to slim the middleman and let your people spend the money advancing the product instead of analyzing until they only have the time for a quick fix.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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