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iRobot Reviews

Updated October 30, 2017
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  • 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. "Operations"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great environment to work with a lot of talented Engineers. Primarily an ME environment but there is some interesting EE work too

    Cons

    Doesn't seem like there are opportunities to jump up into management unless you are hired as one.

    Advice to Management

    Work towards a more common set of processes across programs.


  2. Helpful (7)

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

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    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.

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

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    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.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Consultant"

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    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.


  5. "Program Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great employee perks and benefits, community oriented employer who supports STEM.
    Lots of great opportunities for employees to grow.

    Cons

    Surprisingly the company is not really entrepreneurial minded. There is a "big company" feel,employees operate in silos.


  6. Helpful (10)

    "Great place to work"

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    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.


  7. "Contracts Manager"

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    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.

  8. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at iRobot full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work

    Cons

    Stressful sometimes on business season


  9. "Defense Side Pain"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun, innovative, casual, hip. Great benefits.

    Cons

    lack of a long term strategy on the Defense side. Led to sell-off.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Software Engineering Intern"

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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

    Pros

    Intern outings provide a great way to interact with fellow interns
    Bagel Fridays means free breakfast on Friday
    Beer cart - Beer during the work day...need I say more?

    Cons

    Projects vary by team and discipline. Some projects are not a great fit and can feel like busy work. I was fortunate to be doing development on a new product, but other software interns got stuck doing support and testing work.

    Advice to Management

    My manager was great in letting me do work that I was interested in and work that would help prepare me for a career in industry. I would advise other managers to do the same, try not to just pawn off low priority tasks on the interns.


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