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6 people found this helpful  

a very special place

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Design Director in Palo Alto, CA
Current Employee - Design Director in Palo Alto, CA

I have been working at IDEO full-time (more than 5 years)

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.

Cons

Internal systems are a total mess. Lots of unnecessary effort is required to keep up.

Also, while the culture is the source of all the magic it can be quite intolerant: anything or anyone threatening the culture will not survive long.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Amazing people, management challenged

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Designer in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Designer in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at IDEO full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Especially if at the start of your career, a chance to work with amazing people and on fantastic projects with big brands. It's a family like culture (that you will either love or hate). Lots of room for autonomy as project teams run themselves with little interference.

    Cons

    The "partnership" and senior management are seriously off course. Think of a fraternity running a company and you would not be far off. While the big brands are cool at first, the projects aren't always. Pay is below standard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach. Less about who you know and how you get along, more about the results and the quality of the work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Feels like home

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Designer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Designer in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at IDEO full-time

    Pros

    Immersed in a culture of inspiration that throws you some of the world's most challenging, nuanced design problems. In a constant process of re-invention.

    Cons

    On the low end of compensation, relative to the industry as a whole. Occasionally prone to self-importance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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