iRobot - So much potential, it is invigorating but also frustrating when the magic isn't appreciated by C-level execs. | Glassdoor
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Helpful (3)

"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
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at iRobot full-time (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 Management

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.

Other Employee Reviews for iRobot

  1. Helpful (4)

    "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
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at iRobot full-time (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 Management

    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.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Discrimination"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

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