Before iRobot purchased the small research company that we were, I felt there was lots of excitement, growth and advancement potential. Initially I also felt this after the acquisition, but the reality of top-heavy ex-gov / ex-mil management style soon manifested itself even in our small division, which was physically located 800+ miles from the corporate offices . We had meetings to discuss upcoming meetings.
Some engineers were promoted into local management positions, probably before they were ready. Accomplishments of their direct reports were downplayed and any errors or lack of judgement were magnified and frequently reiterated.
If you didn't hold a Masters or PhD, you were considered rather inferior and any "above and beyond" contributions that you produced, were largely dismissed. We were told that our division had "autonomy"; however, it was tightly controlled and scrutinized. We could make no moves without buy-in from many upper management levels. There was a palpable lack of trust from iRobot's senior management from "day 1" of the acquisition.
The facility was atrocious... dirty, hot in the summer & cold in the winter. Few improvements were made, as it was a leased building.
However, for all these negative attributes, I had the privilege of working with several absolutely brilliant and engaging people. That, unequivocally, was the best part of the job.
Some great people, some fascinating projects, working with potentially breakthrough marine robotics
Mistrust, heavy-handed leadership, short-sighted management