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A great place to do diverse, world-leading design with great people.

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Design Engineer/Project Leader  in  Palo Alto, CA
Current Employee - Design Engineer/Project Leader in Palo Alto, CA

I have been working at IDEO

Pros

IDEO has amazing staff, connections and clients. The range of consulting projects is truly mind-boggling. From highly detailed mechanical engineering innovations for the healthcare industry to brand-strategy, government work, consumer electronics, campaigns, web experiences, food and beverage, startup incubation, non-profit work, the list goes on. Employees are highly capable and motivated and come from a wide range of design disciplines. IDEO takes quality of life seriously and goes out of its way to make a good working environment for staff and support them in their personal and extra-curricular endeavors. It's a great place to get a lot of design experience under your belt. Newly generous vacation policy is nice too.

Cons

Since the work is project based, your whole experience depends on your client and your project leader. If a project is over-scoped you might end up working some intense hours. Monetary compensation leaves something to be desired. Being a very flat hierarchy there aren't many opportunities to advance into mid-level management roles so it's a common pattern for people to spend several years as a designer at IDEO and then head to another company for a more senior role.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Increased transparency with senior management decisions. Continue working to get the compensation level in-line with local markets.

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great foundation for a career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
    Approves of CEO
  2. 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
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