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iRobot Reviews

Updated March 17, 2017
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Pros
  • The work life balance is great, and you will be rewarded for getting results regardless of the number of hours you work (in 10 reviews)

  • Culture and people, great environment (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Looks like the core values that have been set by the company are misinterpreted by some director level employees (in 3 reviews)

  • I was fortunate to be doing development on a new product, but other software interns got stuck doing support and testing work (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Intern"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at iRobot as an intern

    Pros

    Great hands on work and mentorship. Can't go wrong with free lunch twice a week and team building activities.

    Cons

    Interns don't get paid holidays.


  2. "Mechanical Engineering Intern"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at iRobot as an intern

    Pros

    Great Work Life Balance
    Good Pay
    Good Hands On Experience

    Cons

    Some Tasks can get mundane in Nature
    Lack of structure for Mechanical Internships


  3. "Mechanical Engineering Co-Op"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at iRobot as an intern

    Pros

    There is a very clear fun atmosphere and culture of collaboration. The products made are superior to competition, so it's awesome to see why and how that is.

    Cons

    The products, although superior to competition, are not that widely used. It's not like working for Apple, where they are nearing 1 billion iPhones sold, or a car company.

    Advice to Management

    Build a better mentorship system between full timers and interns. Allow for more rotation so an intern can work with many different teams and engineers.


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  5. "Operations"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great environment to work with a lot of talented Engineers. Primarily an ME environment but there is some interesting EE work too

    Cons

    Doesn't seem like there are opportunities to jump up into management unless you are hired as one.

    Advice to Management

    Work towards a more common set of processes across programs.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Great company with huge potential if we can expand into new product categories"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Bedford, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at iRobot full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - A great time to be in robotics, the products you work on are very tangible and you get to know it very well from the design, user interface, down to the packaging and wording in the manuals. It's also nice to be able to take home and use the products you worked on.
    - Very friendly and low stress work environment, although iRobot has been in business over 20 years there are some projects that run like a start-up and when there is a deadline most people will do what it takes to deliver but for the most part realistic goals and deadlines are agreed upon and if properly planned ahead it doesn't get too stressful or chaotic.
    - Good collaboration within various departments as it's not just engineering talent to get to a successful product launch but there is marketing, finance, legal/compliance, manufacturing, customer support, etc and it's very insightful to get a full view of what it takes to launch a product.
    - Little employee perks from team building activities, team lunches, beer carts, half day Fridays in the Summer months, also a casual environment and some people bring their dogs to work on Fridays
    - Overall great benefits package; salaries are on par with other tech companies in the area but again a great work life balance is sometimes more valuable than an extra $10~15k going to "greener" pastures. iRobot seems to be good pickings for talent as other companies and start-ups recruit from here.

    Cons

    A lot of effort in various sku releases and variants of the roomba for different markets and price points. Instead of expending head count and resources to differentiate various flavors of a robotic vacuum cleaner a better strategy is to deploy resources to expand into new product categories. If there is an economic downturn people will cut-back on unnecessary purchases like a robotic vacuum cleaner regardless if it's a cheaper 600 series or the latest 900 series. The Roomba is our flagship product and I think expanding into other product development would help drive growth and keep employees engaged through any downturn to start launching out new products. There are a few new projects but could get into other product lines like smart home devices, IoT, etc. There are also some other less known products that we could continue to improve and leverage the iRobot brand name to grow market share for the pool cleaning robot to the gutter cleaning robot. After all we want to be known as the robot company and not just a Roomba company.

    Advice to Management

    There are usually changes made late into a development cycle and requires engineers/PMs/marketing/manufacturing to scramble to appease Sr. management's request to change something. These decisions were usually made earlier in the program but somehow the Sr. management is just now hearing about it later into the development and changes later into the game are costly, inefficient and wasteful. Flexibility with change is one thing but management can be better about being knowledgeable about some of the decisions made in weekly meetings and committing to decisions and only making changes if it's critical.


  7. "Lots of potential, but needing structure."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Growing company that treats emplyees
    as a start up.

    Cons

    Large growth spurt has caused difficulties because the infrastructure to support suck growth has never been sufficiently implemented.


  8. "Systems Intern"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at iRobot as an intern

    Pros

    Constant exposure to working with various models.

    Cons

    Much data logging required that could be gathered in more effective ways.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Software Engineering Intern"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Intern outings provide a great way to interact with fellow interns
    Bagel Fridays means free breakfast on Friday
    Beer cart - Beer during the work day...need I say more?

    Cons

    Projects vary by team and discipline. Some projects are not a great fit and can feel like busy work. I was fortunate to be doing development on a new product, but other software interns got stuck doing support and testing work.

    Advice to Management

    My manager was great in letting me do work that I was interested in and work that would help prepare me for a career in industry. I would advise other managers to do the same, try not to just pawn off low priority tasks on the interns.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Bedford, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible, Fun, empowering, good benefits

    Cons

    sometimes chaotic, feeling some growing pains.

    Advice to Management

    get more entry level jobs open :)


  11. "Conflicted"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Littleton, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Littleton, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun projects, cool and exciting technology, great community involvement, great culture, great people. Love working for this company!

    Cons

    I feel that the compensation could be better

    Advice to Management

    Add stock incentive to compensation



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