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IDEO Overview

Website www.ideo.com
Headquarters Palo Alto, CA
Size 501 to 1000 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.

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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?

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!

For more information, check out our careers FAQ http://www.ideo.com/careers/faq

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.

IDEO Reviews

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    Great work. Bad pay.

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    If you are vocal and upfront about what you care about (and I am), then you can actually land yourself on some pretty neat projects. If you work hard and deliver something awesome, you can often get your work to market (at least that's what I've found–every project of mine, except one has gone to market). If you set boundaries (which I do) you can partake in the generous vacation policy they have and actually manage to swing a pretty good work-life balance. However, I will say–if you don't put yourself out there, you will probably not get any of these things and not enjoy your experience. It's happened to many.


    For introverts, not being heard or recognized for their awesome efforts. But MOST ANNOYING,I see the margins we charge our clients and I see what my salary is and it just feels wrong. Having worked at 3 design consulting firms, we have the highest margins by a landslide, yet our salaries are the same is not lower. That is really frustrating, especially living in the Bay Area.

    Advice to Management

    Please pay us more. We aren't asking for much, just enough to live in a city where a 1 bedroom will easily cost you $4-5k a month. Also, fire about 1/3 of your partners that sit at the top, don't pull their weight and make 3-4x as much as I do.

IDEO Interviews

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    Business Designer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
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    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at IDEO (San Francisco, CA) in August 2015.


    The initial response was slow. Then the interviewer was not aware that he/she had an interview scheduled with me. When the call eventually happened, the interviewer was rushed and didn't really do a good job. In general, it was not a very professional experience.

    Interview Questions

    • You have a diverse background, but what do you really want to be doing.   1 Answer

IDEO Awards & Accolades

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  • Top 15 Employers for MBAs, Universum, 2013
  • CNN Money: 15 Top MBA Employers, CNN Money, 2013
  • Top 10 Most Entrepreneurial Company Alumni Networks, Founder Dating, 2013
  • CNN Money: 15 Top MBA Employers, CNN Money, 2012
  • 100 Most Favored Companies by MBA Students, Fortune, 2009
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