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Updated January 21, 2018
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iRobot Chairman and CEO Colin M. Angle
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Pros
  • Excellent work-life balance - managers are very accommodating (in 13 reviews)

  • Great environment and great leadership (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Poor treatment of employees, bringing in upper management that doesn't align with the supposed HR mission, and lower than average compensation (in 6 reviews)

  • Work life balance is not that great (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Senior Mechanical Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at iRobot full-time

    Pros

    The culture at iRobot is awesome, they care about their employees and make strong efforts to accomodate the needs and interests of the employees.

    Cons

    I don't have many cons to include about working at iRobot, everyone there is great and the products are cool.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing, senior leadership on down seemed to take a genuine interest in the well being of the employees while leading the company in the right direction


  2. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at iRobot full-time

    Pros

    Great product.
    Nice atmosphere.
    Most engineers and managers are top notch.
    All other teams (PM, HR, finance etc) are helpful.

    Cons

    I echo a previous review - while most young people are great, there are sensitive millennials so watch your back. Managers are doing fine in handling so far.

    Advice to Management

    Use our IP to crack down all the disgusting copycat products

  3. "Superb work environment, small potholes in the road"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bedford, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at iRobot full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent, easygoing manager, the best I've ever had (I was previously at Intel and Garmin). Very laidback, allows a lot of freedom to get the job done, and occasionally provides helpful suggestions with the work.
    Fun coworkers who are extremely competent at what they do
    A robotics/embedded systems playground - tons of interesting problems to attack. Engineers are given the freedom and flexibility to solve problems by any means necessary.
    10% time to pursue your own projects (although the work still needs to get done)
    Excellent work-life balance - managers are very accommodating. Some seniors work from home for half the week. Although if you want to stay past 7, there's free pizza...
    Everyone is eager to offer help and get to the root of problems
    Upper management, e.g. VP of software, are always eager to improve and hear opinions
    Opportunities to travel to China and California for product development (software, electrical, mechanical, and others)

    Cons

    One program is poorly managed, understaffed, and hard to work on
    Occasionally, there is poor cross-team communication between software and electrical engineers, resulting in short-term crises
    Sometimes unrealistic deadlines are set for software work
    An Agile approach often means not much design work is done beforehand
    One half of the research arm (located in California) is resistant to change and unwilling to align with guidelines set by Bedford office
    Long-term prospects for the company look difficult - lots of competition coming from Chinese companies entering the market


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Room for Improvement"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at iRobot full-time

    Pros

    The innovative and fun people who work at iRobot.

    Cons

    Poor treatment of employees, bringing in upper management that doesn't align with the supposed HR mission, and lower than average compensation.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to and value your current talent.


  5. "It a job"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Bedford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at iRobot full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Salary, benefits, sometimes challenging

    Cons

    Too many sensitive millennials. Often feels like walking on eggshells. While the open exchange of ideas is touted, people get easily miffed and wii\ll later seek retribution, watch you back.

    Advice to Management

    Do away with nepotism and hiring connections, focus on hiring the most qualified.


  6. "Finance Dept"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good benefits, fun place to work at the time

    Cons

    poor leadership, confused CEO, lacking direction

    Advice to Management

    get some new engineers with fresh ideas to revitalize the company


  7. "Great fun place to work"

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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at iRobot (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of events and food/snacks
    Great, helpful products with innovative designs

    Cons

    Work environment can sometimes be too lax

  8. "Electrical Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at iRobot full-time

    Pros

    Great team. Direct managers really care about employee well-being. Opportunity for growth and flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    It's sometimes difficult to break down the barrier between different organizations (eg. engineering, operations, business dev).


  9. "Love coming to work"

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    Current Employee - Associate Project Manager
    Current Employee - Associate Project Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at iRobot full-time

    Pros

    Great environment and great leadership

    Cons

    I can't think of one


  10. "iRobot"

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    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Bedford, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at iRobot full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone is passionate about the job, you can tell it's not a company that was built off of love of engineering

    Cons

    The gender ratio is very male dominant, as one would expect


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