iRobot Reviews | Glassdoor

iRobot Reviews

14 reviews

Filter

Filter


2.0
Star Star Star Star Star
Rating Trends Rating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
iRobot Chairman and CEO Colin M. Angle
Colin M. Angle
9 Ratings

14 Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date

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)

More Pros and Cons

  1. Helpful (4)

    "Best Internship program in the planet. Disorganized and contentious workplace"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at iRobot full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The internship program is indeed world class. The interns are involved in varying activities and projects on a daily basis. The lead intern (on a second tour) acts like a manager and runs the intern program.

    Cons

    The roles and reponsibilities are not well defined and leave a wide range of lattitude to perform the tasks that you like to perform. However, making the various stakeholders (program mgmt, product mgmt, engineering, etc..) satisified is very difficult because the daily tasks and goals are not well defined. Therefore, agressive and contentious employees achieve at the expense of more proficient people who want to act as part of a team. I asked my manager which tasks I should work on. The repsonse was that the manager was uncertain as to the responsibiliities for supporting the other finctionalities (program mgmt, etc...).

    Advice to Management

    Put in an internal audit system and continuous improvement system so that the very smart poeple that are hired can help to improve the processes and systems in the company. Otherwise the company will eventually fail when they do not replace the ROOMBA cash cow.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Interesting, diverse, disappointing, uninspiring"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Half-day Fridays for the summer. Beer cart. Exceptionally good marketing team. People don’t work as hard as those at other companies I’ve worked at.

    Cons

    Lip service to individual performance and skills. No value associated with capabilities beyond specific job description. Limited opportunities for internal growth unless you are personal friends with upper management. Continual layoffs for the last 3 years. Don’t know how to motivate or retain top talent … the reason for so many openings. Not a state-of-the-art company.

    Advice to Management

    Understand that the technical staff and not the support staff are the life blood of the company.


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Too unorganized..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at iRobot full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Beer cart, Fun people...that's it.

    Cons

    You'll NEVER be appreciated for what you do for the company. Highly invisible and too many layers. Everyone seems to be "Senior or Principle Engineer", too many managers/Sr. manager/directors. They are about to be beaten-up by Korean competitors. The only thing iRobot has ever made is it's roomba - everything else is just copy. So unimaginative. If you really care for the company you work for, this is not the place for you, as the company will never care back. People are burdened to death, with no career growth!
    HR is a joke.

    Advice to Management

    Care for the people who contribute towards your success EVERYDAY.


  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. Helpful (7)

    "Great engineers, poor program management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    A lot of high skilled and talented employees in ALL areas
    Great pay and benefits
    Wonderful vacation time

    Cons

    Really odd purchasing process, take way to long to buy something
    Different organizational units are completely out of sync
    This company of 600 is run likes it's a company of 100,000, NGC/Lockheed and Boeing are more efficient and have less red tape
    Program management here is very weird, extremely inefficient, can't seem to make decisions. Everyone is passing the buck.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to be Google and be iRobot


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Start showing some respect for employees"

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

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

    Pros

    Short commute. Can sometimes be very entertaining to listen to some of the conversations.

    Cons

    Rubbing elbows with the right people is more important than being good at your job. Management is always pushing the lower staff for higher levels of performance usually related to more hours not more brilliance. Constant reorganization and layoff. Morale is poor. No employee stock plan. Many managers tend to micromanage thus becoming an irritant. The place is like a post College hangout for some, leaving the work to others.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to your people. Seems like the big shots come pump up the stock cash out and leave. Too much higher level turnover. Don't treat all the workers like they are expendible.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Where do I begin?"

    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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Passionate people, true desire to "make a difference" and "change the world"

    Cons

    Micromanagement at all levels; no cohesive sense of purpose (every man/woman/child for themselves); lost ability to innovate (just look at the latest acquisition and press surrounding it); cronyism

    Advice to Management

    Time to act on the poor employee survey results that are _consistently given_ an stop paying them lip service alone


  8. Helpful (6)

    "Don't work here"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Finance in New Bedford, MA
    Former Employee - Finance in New Bedford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at iRobot full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Casual atmosphere. Managers don't micro manage. Flexible work schedule. Interesting environment.

    Cons

    Management out of touch and don't pull their weight. Lower level employees do all the work and get no recognition. If there is an issue managers DO NOT give employee a chance to defend themselves. Don't trust fellow employees. Layoffs not based on job performance.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate and reward lower level employees. Your way is not the only way. Base layoffs on job performance not connections.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Company has lost its way...."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at iRobot full-time

    Pros

    At the present moment it's hard to say.

    Cons

    It used to be a place where you had fun, built cool stuff and were changing the world. Basically one new product in the last few years. Government money going away and over the years have really done nothing to get military robots retasked and into other markets. The forward looking vision was lacking in this realm. The fun is gone, more or less maintaining the status quo. Layoffs one day and a party the next. Not a formula for cutting costs in my eyes. No communication as to where the company is going, at least not down to the frogs in the pond level.

    Advice to Management

    People will go above and beyond if they believe is something. There is no clear path that is visible to those doing the work.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Super political, weak top managers, poorly communicated vision"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at iRobot full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work-life balance, pay, benefits, potential, strong home robots performance

    Cons

    Poorly communicated vision, misaligned senior leaders, lost culture of innovation

    Advice to Management

    Get back to your roots. Lead from the top and let subordinates do their jobs. Value innovation REALLY. Stop loss of top talent before its too late. Look at all the key employees and co-founders who left because they couldn't pursue iRobot's mission of "changing the world through robotics" while staying employed there......many others are contemplating the same move.


  11. Helpful (5)

    "Hiring while Laying Off"

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

    I have been working at iRobot full-time

    Pros

    The company just merged and before, it was great.
    The people are very friendly and great.
    Work life balance is good and half day Fridays during the summer is definitely very good for employees.
    Location is very good, close to route 3 and 128.

    Cons

    There has been a lot of layoff due to cost cutting. While it is understandeable to reduce cost, that does not mean you hire people at the same time. Just 2 days ago, 6 positions opened up while there are people still leaving due to layoffs.
    At the same time, people are laid off and getting replaced by people fresh out of college. People who have been laid off have been told to train these new fresh out of college who are probably paid a fraction of the person who got laid off.

    Advice to Management

    Watch the company morale. There has been a serious downturn recently in terms of morale.
    On the non business side, management is great(great to talk to, socialize with). However, their business decisions are baffling.



Showing 14 of 119 reviews
Reset Filters