IDEO
4.1 of 5 48 reviews
www.ideo.com Palo Alto, CA 500 to 999 Employees

IDEO Reviews

Updated Jul 8, 2014
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4.1 48 reviews

                             

91% Approve of the CEO

IDEO President and CEO Tim Brown

Tim Brown

(35 ratings)

92% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    An awesome place to work!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsSmart people, inspiring work environment.

    ConsLittle upside for taking risk and career advancement.

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    Truly one of the most creative and rewarding places to work.

    Director (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsConsistent flow of meaningful challenges that lead to deeper impact. Excellent company culture built around creativity and human-centered design.

    ConsFinding your place within an ever-changing org design. Possibility of being placed on an uninspiring client/project.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFind more ways to nurture internal growth

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Smart people, strong culture, sometimes overwhelming

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsWork here for a crash course in innovation consulting, and to learn human-centered design from the place that invented it. The people are almost all among the nicest, smartest, and most collaborative you'll ever meet.

    ConsWork life balance is sometimes off. Career growth is about taking on more of a client/business relationship. People at the top are essentially sales, not designers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep working on opening up career tracks for designers. Experiment with ways to improve work/life balance.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    inspirational

    Intern (Former Employee)

    ProsSurrounded by a creative, open minded and social community. A learning environment, where everybody is constantly sharing things they've learned. IDEO fosters an environment for personal growth.

    ConsYou have to keep up. Because the environment is so social and shared, you have to give as much as you take. Can be an intimidating group of individuals to impress. Can be some quiet competition going on if you look close.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    its is very exciting

    Design Consultant (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    Prosgood atmosphere, interesting tasks and good payment

    Consa lot of hours per week

    Advice to Senior Managementwell done

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great if you are a Designer

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsOpen culture and lots of freedom to innovate. There are a lot of smart people doing some real cool things. If you like change then this is the place for you. Never a dull moment and they are constantly re-inventing themselves.

    ConsPay is not so great, If you are a Designers then having IDEO on your resume is a plus. Non-Designers do not benefit from having IDEO on their resume.

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    Fun, young, intense + interesting design challenges

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Pros- fun culture
    - great people
    - constant opportunities to learn

    Cons- pay scale
    - career path options
    - hierarchical for sure in the guise of a flat collaborative org

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Cool company... but con's are starting to outweigh the pro's

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Palo Alto, CA

    ProsCool people to work with, cool technology and pretty free and open culture.

    ConsVERY click'ish, almost cult'ish. If you are not in the "in" crowd you will not advance. Senior leadership is very detached from what really happens with the employees, partners that gossip rather than lead. If you are not a designer (e.g. support), you are second class.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in your support team, they deserve it. Lead more, talk less.

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A real sense of community

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsProbably the best place I've ever worked in terms of community. There is a real warmth and genuine interest in others. It's a place where curiosity is indulged and cultivated.

    ConsWhat everyone says about the salaries are true. Definitely not enough. It can be a hard place to navigate if you aren't very self-directed.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    The most amazing people I ever work with I will have worked with here. A designer's dream.

    Senior Interaction Designer (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    Prosthe people. the type of projects. the ability to bring yourself and your interests to every project you touch. clients that ask for help rather than ask you to accomplish a predefined plan. the community.

    Consnone other than the usual consultancy cons...late nights towards the end of projects, some crazy travel or commuting, but the community of people around you more than makes up for it.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep empowering people to match their dreams with the work. The ability to grow skills as well as make our passions tangible through work is a blessing.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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