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iRobot Reviews

Updated April 19, 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. Helpful (2)

    "Stuck in a rut"

    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
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility in work schedule
    Robots everywhere
    Product testing involvement at times

    Cons

    Disconnected upper management
    No movement in career
    No opportunities to move to other areas

    Advice to Management

    Create better career paths for employees
    Keep them more engaged and don't forget about them
    Care more about the little guy


  2. Helpful (11)

    "Less than adequate"

    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 3 years)

    Pros

    Great environment. Mostly friendly people. Good benefits. The company tries so hard to be like Google when it's just a pipe dream, trying to keep people on staff but everyone knows the reality of the situation.

    Cons

    Upper management has no direction. They are tryIng so hard to push out products that the integrity of the product is completely jeopardized. Things that don't work in BETA only months away from launch are still not fixed let alone acknowledged. A company which was once held as prestigious and innovative has turned into nothing but a shell of its former self.

    People who are so called managers sometimes don't even have anyone reporting to them, which kind of makes you think what are they managing? Their lifestyle? Their responsibility as a human being to show up for work?

    The company has turned into a revolving door. Those who are qualified quickly jump ship because they know this company is slowly becoming obsolete.

    They are dying for government contracts right now but aren't able to acquire any so their best bet is to sell their Roomba's. 25 years ago these were the things of the future, but nothing has changed.

    They outsource their pool products to companies you haven't even heard of and they just slap the irobot sticker on it so people will buy the product only to find out that it's a useless product. Since we don't make it, we can't troubleshoot what's wrong with the product. Therefore if something goes wrong we'll send you an email saying how "sorry" we are and that you need to ship it out to get it serviced because we have no idea what to do.

    People with certain titles should never even be considered for their position.

    Advice to Management

    Start caring about your customers and less about your image.

    Every product you make has a 1 year warranty meaning you don't believe in the products longevity and won't allow customers to pay extra for long term service.

    As a business how do you stand by that?


  3. "Great Place to work but like all employers there are pros and cons"

    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 full-time

    Pros

    Good people with good intentions. Fun culture that really believes in engaging with employees outside of the every day job. Tons of events and activites, summer Friday's, really good benefits, new employee community center, new Caf and outdoor patio, New Gym, Volleyball, Basketball, Boot camp, King's bowling, kayaking, running, mountain biking, the list goes on.
    iRobot is a great place to work are there better places of course but there are a ton of worse places to work. The work is demanding and can be extremely rewarding there is an real effort on employee recognition, we are not perfect but the effort is there. Leadership is improving.
    We have had a ton of internal employee movement and growth over the past year.

    Cons

    Some practices in mgt are dated, and we need to continue to evolve the culture to be more open/collaborative but the cons are area's that are being worked on. Mgt training is improving but yes some mgr's have dated styles or just are not truly equiped to handle the good and bad of being a mgr. Not much of a remote culture and we don't take advantage of having an office in Pasadena, CA.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to train mgr's, explore hiring remote talent nationally/globally, expand team in CA, and continue the great work that is being done to make iRobot a great place to work don't get complacent we are on the right track to be a great SW Robotics Company


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  5. "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


  6. "Very impressive engineers. The managers are conventional. The atmosphere and the spaces are quite good."

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

    Pros

    People respect each other, the products are exciting.

    Cons

    The labs are poor, in my opinion, not enough bench space, instrumentation, materials.

    Advice to Management

    Go into labs often, stop formalities such as surveys and trendy cliches such as "agile"


  7. "Good for the most part"

    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 full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great group of people.
    Robots are pretty awesome.
    Small teams mean more exposure.

    Cons

    Occasional lack of communication from senior management and between functional groups.


  8. "Great Environment...like working in a Think Tank"

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

    Pros

    Flexible work, smart co-workers, cool technologies. Decent pay.

    Cons

    Small company, not a lot of room for growth.


  9. "Great Learning experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Reliability Engineer in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Reliability Engineer in Bedford, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great technology, great people and a fast paced environment.

    Cons

    Difficult for people who do not have a start up mentatlity

    Advice to Management

    Great work. Keep it up


  10. "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.


  11. 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


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