We strive to be an extraordinary and sustainable workplace for world-class professionals. We’ve applied the human-centered design process to our own organizational structure and processes, and we continually fine-tune our system to ensure that we effectively address employee growth and wellness. We think it’s important to examine all the factors that are valuable to a relationship between you and IDEO, not just the obvious ones like pay and benefits. We’ve learned that while money is an important component of offering a great place to work, it’s not the single most important aspect. Here are three reasons why we think IDEO is a great place to work:
Unique work opportunities: IDEO attracts the most interesting, diverse, and difficult set of design challenges in the world, in both the private and public sectors. We offer opportunities to work across a variety of products, services, industries, clients, technologies, and experiences. We give teams the power to build relationships with influential clients and organizations and we provide a high degree of autonomy to guide the work and generate excellent, appropriate, and delightful design solutions.
Talented and diverse people: We hire talented design thinkers who represent many perspectives, disciplines, nationalities, and points of view. We believe a civilized workplace is a more rigorous and sustainable place to work, so we don’t hire jerks. We provide ways to share knowledge and projects among our people, believing that we all work better and learn more when we freely interact and collaborate with other talented people.
Supportive and inspiring spaces: People thrive when they work in stimulating, comfortable, and well-located places. We try to be in cities where people like to be and that offer facilities and workspaces that promote collaboration and inspire great design. We provide resources and leaders who craft community as a primary element of their jobs. We believe this is far better than working out of your basement or in a corporate cubicle!
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Compensation and benefits: Ah, money! We offer competitive base compensation and paid time off in addition to a variety of employment benefits including discretionary profit sharing, sponsored healthcare, dental, vision and disability insurance, 401k matching or contributory pension schemes, and other employee assistance and outplacement benefits. Other perks include public transportation benefits and fitness programs — including yoga and pilates — and we provide as much free, nutritious food as possible
We see ourselves as a mosaic of individuals, where the big picture is beautiful but each individual is different. Your passions, your enthusiasm, your ability to collaborate, your travel adventures, the latest book you’ve read, what music you crave, or a movie you hated… We ask ourselves, “Would we want to travel with this person? What will this person be like at dinner, or during a brainstorm, or during a conflict?” We are eclectic, diverse and there is always room for another angle.
What it's like to work at IDEO
One perspective from inside the design firm
I often get asked what it’s like to work at IDEO. Here’s what it’s like. I’ve been at IDEO (Bay Area) as a mechatronic engineer and designer for over two years now. So far, it’s been a dream. IDEO is a design consultancy made up of creatives from all over the world. We shape many companies’ futures at once and have too much fun doing it.
Click here to see the full blog post from Jimmy Chion.
The Myths of Internship- IDEO Boston, Summer 2013
At IDEO we have seven core values that we hold ourselves and each other accountable for. We challenged our global studios with the task of producing a video that would embody each of these unique values. No parameters were set, and this is what happened...
Embrace Ambiguity from IDEO New York.
Learn From Failure from IDEO London.
Collaborate from IDEO Bay Area.
Be Optimistic from IDEO Asia.
Make Others Successful from IDEO Boston.
Talk Less, Do More from IDEO Munich.
Take Ownership from IDEO Mumbai.
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- Comp & Benefits
- Work/Life Balance
- Senior Management
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
I have been working at IDEO full-time (more than 5 years)Pros
- Amazing projects with fantastic clients
- Access to the IDEO network -- it's amazing the connections you'll have after working at IDEO
- Unparalleled ability to craft your own career path and take real initiative
- Great colleagues you'll want to hang out with on the weekends
- If you're looking to launch/shift your career and don't have a family to support, IDEO is fantastic!!!Cons
- Low pay (for everyone except the partners -- it's an environment of 'haves' and 'have nots')
- Low pay (clients pay top dollar, but that doesn't trickle down to the people who sell the projects or do the work)
- Low pay (IDEO hires top talent out of grad school, but can't retain the best people once they start a family and expenses grow)
- The only way to become a partner is to be friends with the partners (quite literally), not create value for the company or have great client relationshipsAdvice to ManagementAdvice
Change the equity structure to give everyone a piece of the economic pie -- you will retain best talent and make the culture better. End the partnership and create an employee-owned organization.RecommendsNeutral OutlookNo opinion of CEO
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
- Application Details
I applied online – interviewed at IDEO.Interview Details
It is very intensive, expect to meet lots of people. Some of whom you will work with, others not. They are looking for a cultural fit. Expect a creative task of some sort as part of the hiring process.Interview Questions
Negotiation DetailsLittle negotiation (re: salary), but a very nice group of people.Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
- Nothing too hard. But very direct: What are you like to sit next to? What are you really like to work with? Answer Question
IDEO (pronounced “eye-dee-oh”) is an award-winning global design firm that takes a human-centered, design-based approach to helping organizations in the public and private sectors innovate and grow.
We identify new ways to serve and support people by uncovering latent needs, behaviors, and desires.
We envision new companies and brands, and we design the products...
Mission: IDEO Values: Be Optimistic, Collaborate, Take Ownership, Embrace Ambiguity, Talk Less Do More, Learn From Failure and Make Others Successful