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iRobot Reviews

Updated 8 February, 2015
Updated 8 February, 2015
69 Reviews
3.5
69 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Accountant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at iRobot

    Pros

    innovation and good working environment

    Cons

    not i can think of

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Small company, not a lot of room for growth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Place to work

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

    I worked at iRobot

    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Listen to everyone. Follow through on your Empowerment mission.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    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)

    Pros

    Great place work, with cool company and cool product

    Cons

    Nothing that i know of as Cons

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great to be part of a new market.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Smart people advancing autonomous systems development

    Cons

    Company uncertain whether they want to be a near term or long term success. Some caustic leadership at the division level.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Learning experience

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    Current Employee - Senior Reliability Engineer in Bedford, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Reliability Engineer in Bedford, MA (US)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Great work. Keep it up

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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