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a very special place

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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Feels like home

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    • Culture & Values
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    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
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Invented Kool-Aid

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at IDEO full-time

    Pros

    Brilliant people with a great deal of passion

    Cons

    Zero clear career tract and bordering on a cult, with forced studio-wide lunches, no matter how busy you are with actual work. It seems that in certain aspects, sociopaths do quite well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There's too much ambiguity and non-hierarchical structures don't exist in reality. There are people in charge and others with no say, whatsoever, so please stop waxing on and on about the flat hierarchy. Hierarchy isn't bad if it's efficient, fair, and based on merit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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