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Updated March 16, 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. "Fun Company with Engaging Work"

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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
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent benefits and perks, flexible scheduling and work atmosphere.
    Interesting and engaging engineering work

    Cons

    A lot of the employees live out in the suburbs so it's convenient for them, but tough for Boston city-dwellers. They also don't seem to be very competitive with companies closer or in the city to make the commute worthwhile.
    Projects get killed unexpectedly, or worse, become a zombie project that slowly, and inevitably, dies.

    Advice to Management

    Hold onto your good talent.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people, great culture. Open door policy. Top management team takes surveys / feedback from employees seriously. Fun place to work.

    Cons

    Communication loss on director level. Looks like the core values that have been set by the company are misinterpreted by some director level employees.


  3. "Sales Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Acton, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Acton, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at iRobot (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Strong cross-functional relationships and interaction for quality product and after sales support.

    Cons

    Tough market to track to meet corporate targets.


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  5. Helpful (5)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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.


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

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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.


  7. "Mostly positive experience..."

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends

    I have been working at iRobot full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    develoing actual consumer robots used by millions of people, good life/work balance, relaxed working environment...

    Cons

    too much mundane work during productization, polishing and tuneup, etc....


  8. "A good robotics company"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Bedford, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Bedford, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I was working in the R&D group as an intern. People here are smart. And they are really into robots. You get inspired by them everyday. Working on a prototype project in a small team gives you the chance to learn every aspect of the project. You can see Roombas and Avas wandering around in the offices everyday ;-) Lots of beers and BBQs and a half day off on Friday in the summer.

    Cons

    I guess it's also a con that the team is small. You don't communicate with a lot of people (of course you can reach out to other people in the company). So basically the project you work on is all that you think about everyday.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "iRobot Engineering"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at iRobot full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Technology driven company on the forefront of ground mobile robots, semi autonomous behaviors and gesture recognition.

    Cons

    Very process heavy, meetings to discuss upcoming meetings, formulaic management practices, little recognition of talent/capability if the person doesn't have an advanced college degree (master's minimum).

    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes & look at the talented people who may not have a master's or PhD. The organization is full of people who are capable & willing to contribute.


  10. "Mechanical Engineering Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Mechanical Engineering Intern in Bedford, MA
    Former Intern - Mechanical Engineering Intern in Bedford, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at iRobot as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fun, engaging and a lot of great people

    Cons

    Underpaid for the area and was difficult to afford living


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Great, fun company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kensington, NH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kensington, NH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at iRobot full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Management committed to making it a good place to work, all the way to CEO. Collaborative environment with really good people.

    Cons

    Product line vision somewhat limited on consumer side. Company is a little bit stuck between being a tech company and a home goods/vacuum company.

    Advice to Management

    Broaden the scope of the vision to include other product categories - or pursue options to partner with players who have firmer hold on retail space (ie, bissel, hoover, dyson, etc...)


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