IDEO Reviews

Updated October 25, 2014
Updated October 25, 2014
57 Reviews
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57 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. 1 person 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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    Design Consultancy

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IDEO full-time (more than an 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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  5. 1 person 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 an 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
  6.  

    Amazing Place to Work. Learnt a lot

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - ToyLab IOS Software Engineering in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - ToyLab IOS Software Engineering in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Culture. There are these every diverse and amazingly genius people around you. All you got to do is just talk and work with them. Fantastic place to intern at. Best part about working at IDEO was sense of ownership. You get to own the product/project you are working on.

    Cons

    Compensation was okay. Need to focus a bit more on developers and not just designers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    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
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Amazing people, management challenged

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    • 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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Feels like home

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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
  10. 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
  11.  

    An awesome place to work!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IDEO

    Pros

    Smart people, inspiring work environment.

    Cons

    Little upside for taking risk and career advancement.

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