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2 people found this helpful  

Great foundation for a career

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  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

I have been working at IDEO

Pros

Fun, young culture that has lots of perks.

Cons

Support staff is usually overworked and underpaid.

Recommends
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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great for building a strong career foundation

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at IDEO

    Pros

    Great projects, some of the meatiest design challenges around!
    Smart co-workers.
    Good culture.
    Great alumni network.

    Cons

    Minimal opportunity for career advancement into senior ranks.
    A bit "cult-ish".
    Some senior leaders in prominent positions are very bad at managing people.

    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Fun place for awhile but not career material

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at IDEO

    Pros

    -Challenging projects and interesting work
    -Diversity of work is great
    -Passionate team members
    -Flexible work environment
    -Supportive of work/life balance

    Cons

    -There is very little accountability therefore dead weight gets kept on review after review
    -Adverse to spending money on tools that would allow teams to be more successful and efficient
    -It is very political and management is, often time, adverse to hearing truths or standing up for people (very little advocacy or mentorship though it is something that is touted in the organization).
    -Non-design staff is not valued or advanced
    -Rarely get raises – not even a yearly cost of living increase and salary is very low comparatively speaking

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Senior management should work harder at managing its existing talent and retain quality people: integrate more mentorship, higher salaries, transparency about how to grow or what is needed to advance.
    -It would also be great to see some cross-training happening so people are more agile and can eventually grow into other roles.
    -It is paramount for IDEO to invest in better tools outside of IT needs. The quality of their work is suffering because people are working with archaic tools.

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