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iRobot Reviews

Updated January 11, 2018
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Pros
  • Excellent work-life balance - managers are very accommodating (in 13 reviews)

  • Great environment and great leadership (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Poor treatment of employees, bringing in upper management that doesn't align with the supposed HR mission, and lower than average compensation (in 6 reviews)

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

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  1. "Improve work life balance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at iRobot full-time

    Pros

    Good products. Allow engineers to innovate.

    Cons

    Work life balance is not that great.

    Advice to Management

    Improve work life balance


  2. "Great company, great culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    People here are driven, and there's a great sense of belonging. Although the employees are motivated, the environment is fairly relaxed and most are understanding of one another's situations. There are always opportunities to move around from group to group, as well as getting involved in company outings.

    Cons

    Some downsides of working here are, sometimes, it's a bit disorganized. While there is usually strong communication between employees of the same level, sometimes it's easy to feel small in this sort of environment.

  3. "Associate Software Engineer"

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

    Pros

    Great place to work! Learn a lot of stuff every day! Strong corporative culture, everybody willing to help and give advice!

    Cons

    Not much at this point.

    Advice to Management

    You are doing really great!


  4. "ME intern"

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    • 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


  5. "A good robotics company"

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    • 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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "iRobot Engineering"

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    • 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.


  7. "Robotics Software Engineer"

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    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. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at iRobot full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Market leading consumer robotics products

    Cons

    iRobot has split its focus between three distinctly different markets. It should focus its efforts on the consumer market.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Sr. Product Manager, Home Robots"

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

    Pros

    Fun and interesting work. Mix of product marketing and product management. Very strong engineers.

    Cons

    Long product development cycle time. Growth is limited until they open up new categories of products. Long hours.


  10. "n years a bad investement"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Bedford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at iRobot full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, pay, location.Potentially great technology to explore.If they ever get their act together.

    Cons

    Low level work, high mid management turnover/rotation. Overall the company is very management heavy. Every manager has different expectations, so their is some clamoring for people to move around to get under the more reasonable managers.. Some people are still coasting because of their relationships. Managers with superiority complexes. wrong people being rewarded. No stock options, or profit sharing options available to non executive level employees.

    Advice to Management

    Clean the place up, when I first got here I saw potential in many areas, now all I see is disparity and fear. I've been staying with the hope that at some point things will change, but I am starting to lose hope.


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