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iRobot Reviews

Updated December 28, 2017
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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. "Superb work environment, small potholes in the road"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  2. "Love coming to work"

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    • Senior Management
    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

  3. "iRobot"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  4. "Fun atmosphere - great place to work"

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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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    Growing company that maintains a small company feel. Really is a fantastic environment, perfect for the work that is being done. Fun and fast-paced, I have truly enjoyed my time there.

    Cons

    Work-life balance can be difficult at times, but company makes a noticeable effort to make up for it through activities/retreats/etc and always appreciates the work being put in.

    Advice to Management

    Becoming more accessible is always a good place to start. Could benefit from more management interaction on day-to-day basis.


  5. "Fun Place to Wrok"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great global experience, fun people, great projects, and great products

    Cons

    Work life balance can be tough


  6. "Fun, Interesting Atmosphere"

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    • Senior Management
    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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    Engaging work
    Great atmosphere
    Passionate employees
    Tons of free food
    Great benefits

    Cons

    Can be stressful with lots of priority changes


  7. "Manager"

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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 working environment, get things done quickly, respect for employee, excellent benefits

    Cons

    establish better business process and documentation

  8. "Intern"

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    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.


  9. "Mechanical Engineering Intern"

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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

    Great Work Life Balance
    Good Pay
    Good Hands On Experience

    Cons

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


  10. "Mechanical Engineering Co-Op"

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    • 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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