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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)

  • Great environment to work with a lot of talented Engineers (in 8 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. "n years a bad investement"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Bedford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at iRobot full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, pay, location.Potentially great technology to explore.If they ever get their act together.

    Cons

    Low level work, high mid management turnover/rotation. Overall the company is very management heavy. Every manager has different expectations, so their is some clamoring for people to move around to get under the more reasonable managers.. Some people are still coasting because of their relationships. Managers with superiority complexes. wrong people being rewarded. No stock options, or profit sharing options available to non executive level employees.

    Advice to Management

    Clean the place up, when I first got here I saw potential in many areas, now all I see is disparity and fear. I've been staying with the hope that at some point things will change, but I am starting to lose hope.


  2. Helpful (11)

    "Less than adequate"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great environment. Mostly friendly people. Good benefits. The company tries so hard to be like Google when it's just a pipe dream, trying to keep people on staff but everyone knows the reality of the situation.

    Cons

    Upper management has no direction. They are tryIng so hard to push out products that the integrity of the product is completely jeopardized. Things that don't work in BETA only months away from launch are still not fixed let alone acknowledged. A company which was once held as prestigious and innovative has turned into nothing but a shell of its former self.

    People who are so called managers sometimes don't even have anyone reporting to them, which kind of makes you think what are they managing? Their lifestyle? Their responsibility as a human being to show up for work?

    The company has turned into a revolving door. Those who are qualified quickly jump ship because they know this company is slowly becoming obsolete.

    They are dying for government contracts right now but aren't able to acquire any so their best bet is to sell their Roomba's. 25 years ago these were the things of the future, but nothing has changed.

    They outsource their pool products to companies you haven't even heard of and they just slap the irobot sticker on it so people will buy the product only to find out that it's a useless product. Since we don't make it, we can't troubleshoot what's wrong with the product. Therefore if something goes wrong we'll send you an email saying how "sorry" we are and that you need to ship it out to get it serviced because we have no idea what to do.

    People with certain titles should never even be considered for their position.

    Advice to Management

    Start caring about your customers and less about your image.

    Every product you make has a 1 year warranty meaning you don't believe in the products longevity and won't allow customers to pay extra for long term service.

    As a business how do you stand by that?


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Use to be a great company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Had a sense of working on a team.

    Cons

    Layoffs every six months. Top talent has left company. iRobot is a shell of what it use to be. There is no vision.

    Advice to Management

    Get a new CEO.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Stop the lies"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bedford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Enthusiastic employees. Creative people. Cool projects.

    Cons

    Constant lies and misinformation coming from upper management. Micromanagement of workers. Too many managers. Numerous layoffs and reorganizations. Weak, non-competitive employee compensation. Lots of turnover...company losing brain trust and top talent.

    Advice to Management

    Start paying attention to surveys rather than paying lip service.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Horrible management"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Get to work with best in class engineers that are completely unappreciated by management.

    Cons

    CEO is complete figurehead and is impotent to make changes. Upper level management calls all of the shots and is making horrible decisions that is adversely impacting the morale of the workers. Impossible to get internally promoted, no ability to grow within organization. Management blatantly lies to workforce. Constant turnover of top talent. Numerous reorganizations, layoffs and office closures.

    Advice to Management

    You should fire yourselves.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Discrimination"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  8. Helpful (6)

    "Get out of here!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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
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    Advice to Management

    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.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "disappointing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Manager in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Software Manager in Bedford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    buzz around the company is good

    Cons

    Reality inside very different from external PR



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