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Headquarters Palo Alto, CA
Size 150 to 499 Employees
Founded 1978
Type Company - Private
Industry Business Services
Revenue $10 to $25 million (USD) per year

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

IDEO – Why Work For Us?

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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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Working at IDEO

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Employees are “Very Satisfied”   51 ratings


94% Approve of the CEO   37 ratings

IDEO President and CEO Tim Brown

Tim Brown

President and CEO

a very special place

  Current Design Director in Palo Alto, CA

Pros: Incredibly talented people, working for a company that values its employees experience and culture above just about everything else. Project work is highly selective and almost always interesting. Physical environment is second to none. Full Review

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No Offer Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Interview Details – The recruiter was very pleasant and timely in her responses. They provided specific instructions in preparation for the interview including who I would be meeting with and what to bring. I was given a task to teach the interviewers something that would give them insight into who I was. I believe I…Full Interview

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They asked both personal and professional questions. They asked how I would handle working with someone who was in a slump in their career and were considering other options. Most of the questions… Answer Question

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IDEO Awards & Accolades

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100 Most Favored Companies by MBA Students, Fortune, 2009
50 Most Innovative Companies (#5), Fast Company, 2008
Most Innovative companies, Boston Consulting Group, 2007
Top 15 Employers for MBAs, Universum, 2013
CNN Money: 15 Top MBA Employers, CNN Money, 2013
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