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iRobot Reviews

Updated June 14, 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 11 reviews)

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

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

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

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  1. "Brilliant people, fun work, interesting technology"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The engineers are very smart and a pleasure to work with. Unlike most places I have worked, at iRobot I find myself surrounded by intelligent people who want to do a good job. Slackers don't fit in but creative experts will feel right at home. The work is actually fun. Really! No joke!

    Cons

    Scope of government funding and careful safe guarding of company money often prevents development of higher risk/higher reward technologies. Middle management can dither and waste time that could be better spent doing actual work. Too many managers managing too few engineers in some projects.

    Advice to Management

    Your engineers are smart, your leadership has decent vision, but you need to slim the middleman and let your people spend the money advancing the product instead of analyzing until they only have the time for a quick fix.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Best robotics company in the world."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Bedford, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some of the coolest products in the world. Exceptionally talented workforce.

    Cons

    Going through lots of changes in personnel, org structure, strategy so lots of ambiguity. People on Glassdoor that don't like working here (please quit).

    Advice to Management

    Better foster innovation.

  3. "Good people and technology but working through growing pains."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Bedford, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exciting market and technology.
    Fun to actually produce stuff and push technology to market.
    Smart, hard working and dependable people in the company. Pleasure to work with almost all!
    The company mission is referenced often and I believed we live by the mission.

    Cons

    Recently, a little too quick to change direction and too often.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to flatten the organization and tap into the collective genius of the people. I hear a lot of employees say great things but they act as if thy do not have a voice to insert good ideas.


  4. "Highly recommended company to work at"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Mechanical Engineer Intern in Bedford, MA
    Current Intern - Mechanical Engineer Intern in Bedford, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at iRobot as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    no dress code, relaxed working environment, friendly co-workers, the company has a young feel to it, senior engineers don't come across as anti-social people who rose to where they were simply because they have been with the company for their entire career

    Cons

    Sometimes can get lost in the mix as a ME intern due to the structuring of the program. Some of the younger engineers who went through the internship program themselves liked to dump the most tedious work onto the interns which prevented some interns from gaining the valuable experience that the company has to offer

    Advice to Management

    Provide a slightly more structured internship program for the ME's. It would have been helpful if we had


  5. "Best employer of all those at which I have worked."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - SQA in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - SQA in Bedford, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Encourages employees. No blame games. Cutting edge jobs & technology. Fantastic benefits. Great work/life balance including fairly flexible work schedules. Many educational opportunities. Generous community activities (huge supporter of FIRST & related activities). Completely a team atmosphere, no empire building.

    Cons

    Hard to move laterally (small company)

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work, fantastic employee-centric atmosphere. Encourage lateral moves where possible to support career growth.


  6. "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - SQA in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - SQA in Bedford, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people
    Great benefits
    Get to play with robots daily

    Cons

    Route 3 commute
    Not so easy to move laterally


  7. "Robotics Software Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at iRobot full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work. Colleagues are very hard-working, supportive and make sure that you get ahead in your career and advance the company.

    Cons

    Cannot think of any cons.

  8. "Awesome Company!!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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

    I have been working at iRobot full-time

    Pros

    iRobot is an awesome company to work for. Great work/life balance, people, and mission.

    Cons

    Not many cons. Company has a great mission

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing and cascade principles throughout the organization


  9. "Conflicted"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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 :)


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