Intellectual Ventures

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Intellectual Ventures Reviews

Updated February 25, 2015
Updated February 25, 2015
78 Reviews
3.0
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance is 100% better than previous companies I have worked for in the same role (in 6 reviews)

  • Interesting work with an intriguing business model (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • The main part of the company had a somewhat questionable business model (in 8 reviews)

  • Challenging executive decision making process (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

     

    Great place to work, fun people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Intellectual Ventures

    Pros

    Great people and environment

    Cons

    Can't think of any Cons at this time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Generally good with some issues

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    Current Intern - Business/Finance Analyst in Bellevue, WA
    Current Intern - Business/Finance Analyst in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Intellectual Ventures as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Work life balance is good, pay is good, benefits are good. Love the culture. Stimulating and fulfilling work

    Cons

    A bit chaotic. Recent layoffs hurt morale. Lots of smart people means lots of big personalities with not the best social skills, which is fine if you are good at not getting involved in drama.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Define who the company is a bit better. Is it an IP company? Is it R&D? Is it Venture Capitol? Being all things to all people confuses the corporate culture.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Interesting experience, but poor work life balance and growth oppportunities

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Intellectual Ventures

    Pros

    -Smart people
    -Good compensation
    -Fast pace

    Cons

    -Higher smart people, but don't trust their expertise or provide autonomy
    -Executives breed culture of poor treatment
    -business model has ethical challenges

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Interesting Business Model, but Incredibly Poor Execution

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Intellectual Ventures

    Pros

    Variety of legal and technical areas
    Focused on creating and monetizing innovations
    Reasonably good compensation

    Cons

    One King and many, many pawns
    Founders and executives really don't know what they are doing and won't listen or respect those that do
    Business model is probably stagnant and very poorly thought of

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust others
    Respect others
    Acknowledge your own (substantial) limitations

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Interesting place to work!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great place to learn about potential for monetizing Intellectual Property.

    Cons

    Contentious environment makes getting stuff done challenging.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decide on direction and be sure all leadership is on board.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    A changing IP market

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    Former Employee - Information Technology in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Bellevue, WA

    I worked at Intellectual Ventures full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    IV has investment in multiple IP markets meaning that there are always interesting projects to work on. IV has some of the most educated, intelligent and focused individuals I have ever encountered. This alone made the experience incredibly worthwhile. I appreciate that there is a corporate wide interest in developing new ideas and it is inspiring to see the company's laser focus in improving the lives of those plagued with crippling poverty, disease and a lack of food and potable water. Work life balance largely depends upon personal ambition and the business unit an employee works.

    Cons

    Intellectual Property is a rapidly changing landscape that is mostly influenced by less ethical organizations whose behaviors magnify the negative attitude policy makers and the judiciary have toward towards these business. The unease that has been created by the threats of changes to intellectual property law has resulted in a massive and continuing effort to reduce costs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider removing the private offices. Employees who can cloister by themselves reduce the chance for a truly collaborative and creative environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    I learned a great deal, not all of it was good to learn. Money seems to be a primary motivator for many people.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Really smart, creative people. Being part of a disruptive industry was challenging and difficult and fun. Great salary, bonus and grant program. There are opportunities to learn new areas and develop different expertise.

    Cons

    Leadership allows people to try new things, but failure is not acceptable. People seem more motivated by money than creating a great company. Leadership seems to go in many directions. General HR challenges.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Innovative and fast paced company that has stagnated recently.

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    Current Employee - Analyst
    Current Employee - Analyst

    I have been working at Intellectual Ventures full-time

    Pros

    Intelligent staff, innovative business model, dynamic structure

    Cons

    Management/executive heavy. Recent turnover of key employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    What a ride

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    Former Employee - Technology Group in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Technology Group in Bellevue, WA

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

    Pros

    Exciting environment, depending on the department - an amazing group of people to work with. Opportunities seemed boundless.

    Cons

    Certain groups within the org were able to adjust to changes in the business model, while others seemed to continue to consume their budgets at an incredible rate. Hopefully their restructuring will help them get the results they desire for the investors. Too bad it would cost so many in the company their jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus where you are going, and create the market if it doesn't exist.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    One of the worst run companies imaginable

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA

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

    Pros

    pay a lot and some smart people

    Cons

    What I originally thought to be an interesting business model turned into a sham.
    Management decisions are made by One Founder who has no business sense. Smart technically, but he has absolutely no business skills and is not involved in daily work and explodes if anyone offers advice or reality to his view of the world.
    Management team stays put in their offices; never roam the floors to get a feel for the business. As a result, half the people are just looking for another job and getting paid well to do it.

    Very poor management team. No accountability for anyone. Very embarrassing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue; get your head out of the clouds.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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