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iRobot Reviews

Updated June 15, 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)

  • Great environment and great leadership (in 10 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. "Lots of potential, but needing structure."

    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
    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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Bedford, MA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Bedford, MA

    Pros

    Very interesting robotics platforms. They are using current technology and have very interesting design challenges. They are cutting edge in the robotics field.

    Cons

    Projects sometimes get behind due to changing requirements. Requirements are sometimes very fluid well into the project design cycle. This often results in the contributors having to work extensively to keep the project deliverables on track.

  3. Helpful (8)

    "Great place to work"

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

    I worked at iRobot (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    There is a lot of really cool technology to learn and play with every day. You will literally step over or around robots in the halls everyday. The work life balance is great, and you will be rewarded for getting results regardless of the number of hours you work. The engineers are extremely sharp and hardworking. There are great career advancement opportunities, and iRobot strives to promote from within and train its workforce. In my time there I went from associate to principal engineer, then into engineering management. I cannot say enough great things about what iRobot has done to provide me with career development opportunities.

    Cons

    There is a very odd engineering management dynamic. Many engineering leaders are not competent in the core areas of iRobot products and are disconnected from product / program teams. In the last few years, software has become more important to iRobot, but the management team has not been able to keep up with the trend. Only 1 or 2 program managers are actually interested in engaging their software team members and many competency managers seem unable or uninterested in working on programs. It creates a lot of unnecessary confusion and frustration for the people working on these teams.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time focusing on improving the engineering leadership. There are many senior managers, directors that spend all of their time managing up and politicking. It is isolating senior leadership from the reality. Get real engineering leaders in place and make them actually accountable for something concrete.


  4. "Contracts Manager"

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

    Pros

    Great atmosphere. Co-mingled with engineering and programs. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Fun atmosphere.

    Cons

    Government work dwindled and most of staff were let go. Not a con regarding the company, just the business unit.

    Advice to Management

    Should have had people more government oriented. Focus was more on the home robots side than government and industrial robots.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 :)


  6. "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


  7. "Mostly positive experience..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. "ME intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great environment. Very helpful and engaging

    Cons

    Made to do a lot of busy-work. No scope to apply engineering skills much the first time around


  9. "A good robotics company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "iRobot Engineering"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


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