iRobot Reviews

Updated 15 March 2015
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iRobot Chairman and CEO Colin M. Angle
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Pros
  • Work life balance is good and half day Fridays during the summer is definitely very good for employees (in 5 reviews)

  • Great work environment, great responsibility, professional networking (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Constant lies and misinformation coming from upper management (in 5 reviews)

  • Many managers tend to micromanage thus becoming an irritant (in 4 reviews)

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  1. The best place to learn

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    Former Intern - Technical Intern in Mysore
    Former Intern - Technical Intern in Mysore

    I worked at iRobot as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good team, access to latest technology, awesome robots

    Cons

    The company should have retained this office

    Advice to Management

    -None-

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

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    Current Employee - Principal Mechanical Engineer in Bedford, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Principal Mechanical Engineer in Bedford, MA (US)

    I have been working at iRobot

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    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"

  3. Accountant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at iRobot

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    innovation and good working environment

    Cons

    not i can think of

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  5. Helpful (4)

    Use to be a great company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at iRobot full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Had a sense of working on a team.

    Cons

    Layoffs every six months. Top talent has left company. iRobot is a shell of what it use to be. There is no vision.

    Advice to Management

    Get a new CEO.

  6. Good for the most part

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.

  7. Great Environment...like working in a Think Tank

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    Former Employee - Trainer in Bedford, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Trainer in Bedford, MA (US)

    I worked at iRobot

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    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.

  8. Great Place to work

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    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern

    I worked at iRobot

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with; robots everywhere

    Cons

    Organizational structure was moving around which seemed like a bad sign (especially on the military robots side)

  9. Helpful (1)

    Great intern program, but obvious disorganization for levels above "intern"

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    Former Intern - Mechanical Engineering in Bedford, MA (US)
    Former Intern - Mechanical Engineering in Bedford, MA (US)

    I worked at iRobot as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -great pay
    -flexible hours
    -great environment and culture
    -you get to spend your day surrounded by robots

    Cons

    -pretty obvious that a lot of the senior staff are just as directionless as the mid-level and entry level engineers.
    -you will not be hired (at all) for an entry level position unless you were previously (or currently) an intern. This was openly stated by management. You could be a valedictorian of your school, and the most they'll offer you is an internship if you haven't already had one with them.
    -very much a "self-starter" attitude at the company, when it comes to problem solving. If you identify a problem, then you should identify the solution, and then just tell the manager in charge of the project your idea - 9/10 they'll say "Good. Do that". This will get you noticed in all the right ways, but it creates an environment of "left hand not knowing what right is doing"
    -the separation between teams is understandable from a 'commercial espionage' stand point, but it hinders a lot of idea generation. You can really only seek out your team mates to bounce ideas off of to troubleshoot.

    Advice to Management

    Everyone higher than associate is some kind of "Sr. Principal manager". I know they're just titles, but if your employees cannot clearly see the chain of command, then they cannot figure out who to do to for work or to see about the red tape in their way. Play with your management structure, because even from the perspective of an intern, it is obvious that the middle management is an organizational mess.

  10. Coolest Tech Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Exciting categories. Incredible potential for the products and research. Passionate people. Work hard, play hard culture.

    Cons

    Oddly political for a company that's not so big.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to everyone. Follow through on your Empowerment mission.

  11. iRobot review for mechanical engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place work, with cool company and cool product

    Cons

    Nothing that i know of as Cons

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