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IDEO Reviews

Updated January 22, 2015
Updated January 22, 2015
63 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Some great people are what make it worthwhile (in 5 reviews)

  • Incredibly talented people, working for a company that values its employees experience and culture above just about everything else (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • none other than the usual consultancy cons (in 4 reviews)

  • Non-Designers do not benefit from having IDEO on their resume (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Incredible Opportunity; Has It's Challenges

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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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Great company reputation
    - Super smart colleagues
    - Amazing place to learn

    Cons

    - Internal politics
    - Competitiveness
    - Personal bleeds too much into professional

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    IDEO

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    Former Employee - Intern in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at IDEO

    Pros

    Awesome environment, probably the best place I have ever interned in my life. You will get to work with really talented people.

    Cons

    I didn't see any problem with the work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 6 people found this helpful  

    Great place to launch your career, but not to grow it

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Leader in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Project Leader in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    - Amazing projects with fantastic clients
    - Access to the IDEO network -- it's amazing the connections you'll have after working at IDEO
    - Unparalleled ability to craft your own career path and take real initiative
    - Great colleagues you'll want to hang out with on the weekends
    - If you're looking to launch/shift your career and don't have a family to support, IDEO is fantastic!!!

    Cons

    - Low pay (for everyone except the partners -- it's an environment of 'haves' and 'have nots')
    - Low pay (clients pay top dollar, but that doesn't trickle down to the people who sell the projects or do the work)
    - Low pay (IDEO hires top talent out of grad school, but can't retain the best people once they start a family and expenses grow)
    - The only way to become a partner is to be friends with the partners (quite literally), not create value for the company or have great client relationships

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the equity structure to give everyone a piece of the economic pie -- you will retain best talent and make the culture better. End the partnership and create an employee-owned organization.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fun place to work and get experience

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    Former Employee - Manager, Program Management in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Manager, Program Management in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at IDEO full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    - Awesome culture
    - Amazing projects and clients
    - Great food
    - Great people

    Cons

    -Low pay
    -Long hour's
    -Becoming a "partner" is the only way to make it work financially, although you need to be apart of the existing "old boys network" in general to become one

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the financial structure to give everyone a fair share of the revenue stream. Change the partnership to a employee owned company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    If you're a DESIGNER, INTERN or new Stanford Grad great - If NOT, forget it!

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Coordinator in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at IDEO full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    -- It's where "all the young, cool kids work"
    -- Interesting work, from big brands to innovative projects
    -- Fun inspiring atmosphere/culture, toys, lunches, parties

    Cons

    -- Management and Career navigation is very poor, total lack of objective performance evaluation criteria or process to build your career path or any mentorship. They try to change this process every year, so no one ever knows what the heck is going on, how to improve, move up, etc.

    -- Emphasis is popularity versus performance (It's nepotism and about how loud you can BRAG about yourself, your talents/passions) You are penalized for not building your IDEO social network: being buddy-buddy with everyone outside of work, attending every community lunch/function.

    -- Very Click-ish/Cultish: If you are not in the "in" crowd or drink the IDEO-speak-Kool-Aid, you will not advance. (especially if you are not a Designer (e.g. Support, Management, HR), you are second class..

    -- Not very diverse: Majority of hires are Stanford grads (yawn) - it's become an "Old boys club" where an elite few move up to being a Partner and then do nothing but gossip behind closed doors all day.

    -- Zero systems or processes which makes it a very messy, disorganized, ambiguous place to work.

    --Low pay/no raises (they claim all of the Toys, lunches and "perks" make up for this.)

    -- Not a place to stay to build a career - better to intern or work a few years for the brand on resume, then leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    A lovely place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IDEO full-time

    Pros

    Very interesting projects, creative freedom, great work culture

    Cons

    Hard to move up the ladder or get a good salary

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    My life at IDEO

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    Former Employee - Storyteller in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Storyteller in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at IDEO full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Loved the intellectual simulation and the people. I was truly an inspiring place to work — challenging in all the right ways and oftentimes there was the thrill of feeling like what I was doing could better an organization or even society.

    Cons

    The hours can be long. There can be lots of travel, and while you might feel like you're helping the world most days, you could end up on the dog-food project. And it might be a yearlong project.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Present people with better career paths, greater diversity of management and staff. Yes, a lot of countries and cultures are represented in the staff. But what about socio-economic diversity. And must all the hires be from Stanford?

    I do think management cares — keep that up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    A great place for talented people to start your career

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IDEO

    Pros

    Great place for talented people to get a lot of ownership and experience early in your career

    Cons

    Not a good place for experienced professionals to start

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Excellent, inspiring place to work

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    Former Employee - Design in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Design in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at IDEO as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Coworkers are second to none as far as skill and knowledge of their craft. Projects are super inspiring and the hours aren't too extreme.

    Cons

    Sometimes it feels like there's hesitation to give anything but positive feedback. Not saying there should be more negativity but a bit of criticism wouldn't hurt.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Design Consultancy

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IDEO full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    If you are a self starter who has confidence in your skill set and enjoys working with bright, creative people you will be happy. Additionally, the access to be part of interesting conversations is amazing.

    Cons

    One challenge of working here is that sometimes people loose sight of the fact that IDEO is a consulting company. It is a very supportive environment but still requires a focus and flexibility that consultants must adapt to meet their clients needs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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