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IA Collaborative Overview

Chicago, IL
51 to 200 employees
Company - Private
$10 to $25 million (USD) per year
IA Collaborative is a global design and innovation consultancy. At the forefront of design thinking, we combine human-centered design, strategy development and business consulting to help multinational organizations and emerging leaders address their most complex business ... Read more

Mission: At IA Collaborative, our mission is to create the future of human experience by elevating design as a strategic advantage for business, organizations and society.

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  • Join a team that’s working at the forefront of design and business strategy.

    Explore open positions in both our Chicago and L.A. offices:

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    A flexible workspace. MFAs, MBAs and everyone in between, working together and stretching your perspective. Long views to pause for moments of reflection. Walls that become your canvas. However you do your best work, you'll be inspired to do it here.

  • Yesterday, we welcomed the Chicago chapter of IxDA into our office to share how we help some of the world's leading brands innovate.

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IA Collaborative – Why Work For Us?

At the Forefront of Design for Business Value

IA Collaborative is a global design and innovation consultancy. We set visions, create strategies, design compelling experiences and empower organizations to address their most complex business challenges.

Addressing Modern Business Challenges

At IA Collaborative, we take on the challenges of modern business. The ones that keep executives up at night. Challenges such as: how can we realize new relevance – outside of our core business – as consumer expectations evolve faster than technology? How can we create new business models to outpace disruptive start-ups? How can we deliver new value outside of classic, and commoditized, margin plays? How can we accelerate digital transformation when data intelligence is market must-have? How can we fuel a culture of design and innovation in the midst of quarterly business-reporting cycles? No matter the challenge, we have the multidisciplinary team to answer it.


Do the work you’ve always dreamed of. Practice your craft in a whole new context.

When you join IA, you join a tapestry of diverse backgrounds and global perspectives. Collaborating across disciplines, you transform business, empower communities and create a positive and lasting impact on the world.

A Healthy Environment

Natural light. Rooftop yoga. Healthy snacks. Bike storage. IA Athletics. Sponsorship for runs and walks. Reducing waste and composting. At IA, we want you to leave healthier – and leave a healthier world – than when you arrived.

Always Learning

Weekly lunch seminars. Guest speakers. An IA Scholarship to enrich your life and work. IA Excursions. We believe inspiration is fueled by knowledge, and you’re never “finished” learning.

Empowering Creativity

A flexible workspace. MFAs, MBAs and everyone in between, working together and stretching your perspective. Long views to pause for moments of reflection. Walls that become your canvas. However you do your best work, you’ll be inspired to do it here.

IA Collaborative Reviews

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    "The best people and caring leadership"

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
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    I have been working at IA Collaborative full-time (More than a year)


    -IA attracts top-notch talent - everyone here is at the top of their field. People who crave autonomy and the freedom to experiment, push boundaries, and never settle, do really well here. What's really surprised me though is how genuinely kind and thoughtful people are. I honestly wasn't expecting that to be the norm at a business consulting firm, and yet somehow it is here. People go out of their way to help each other out, whether it's a last minute presentation or a tech challenge or helping build a prototype, people just pitch in, even if it's not "their" project.
    -Feeling appreciated - I've seen the company go above and beyond to help people through challenging times in their personal lives.
    -If you are accountable and deliver good work, you won't have trouble balancing your work and life outside of IA.
    -Impressive clients - IA helps even the most disruptive companies stay ahead of their own game
    -Growing company - seems like the company has expanded at least 30% since I joined. The LA office is newer but it feels like a close, fun team.


    No (official) flex working arrangement / policy

    Advice to Management

    Don't lose the spirit of the company as it grows. Do more to publicly recognize people and work.

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IA Collaborative Interviews



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    User Experience Designer Interview

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    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at IA Collaborative (Chicago, IL).


    Initial phone screen with someone in HR, followed by another with the group director, followed by someone in operations. I was then brought in on site for a round of in person interviews and a portfolio presentation.

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IA Collaborative Awards & Accolades

  • Red Dot Design Award(Diabetes management product system), Red Dot, 2011
  • GOOD DESIGN 2017 Award (3 Graphic Design, 1 Interactive), Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, 2017
  • International Design Excellence Award - 2016, Industrial Designers Society of America, 2016
  • GOOD DESIGN Award (2 Graphic Design, 1 Interactive, 1 Industrial Design), The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, 2016
  • Society of Typographic Arts - STA 100 Award (Interactive), Society of Typographic Arts, 2016
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