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IDEO Overview
Palo Alto, CA
501 to 1000 employees
Company - Private
Business Services
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
IDEO (pronounced “eye-dee-oh”) is a global design company. We create positive impact through design.

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IDEO – Why Work For Us?

IDEO tackles complex sets of challenges across industries, and in order to do that, we form multidisciplinary teams who bring a wide range of expertise and experience.

We are a vast and varied group—entrepreneurs, teachers, doctors, architects, programmers, journalists, anthropologists, engineers, toy makers, filmmakers—and we all bring different perspectives to our work.

No matter the background, everyone thinks like a designer at IDEO. Whether you’re an accountant, a talent recruiter, or researcher, you’re integral to a community that designs the systems that keep our business strong.

We believe that those who work for a company based on purpose and motivation are more likely to be fulfilled in their careers. We support our employees in this way by providing the opportunity to:

Be Fulfilled

IDEOers are diverse in perspective, backgrounds, beliefs, and experiences. We encourage one another to be who we are, and share that with one another. We appreciate and celebrate each other’s similarities and differences—it makes for a comfortable, supportive workplace, and powerful, impactful work.

We are committed to providing a creative, challenging, dynamic environment for employees to explore, work, and grow in. We encourage employees to identify and activate their purpose—and support them in doing so by drawing connections between their purpose and IDEO’s mission.


We believe that everyone regularly flows between states of learning, fluency, and mastery, and want our employees to feel supported and directed as they transition between these stages. We support individuals’ careers in a way that allows each employee to take ownership and align their personal purpose with the work and business needs of IDEO.

IDEO sets new employees up for success from the beginning. We’ve designed a three-day onboarding program called IDEO 101—an immersive experience chock full of institutional knowledge from our leaders, wayfinding, and relationship building with fellow employees from IDEO’s nine global studios. Take a sneak peek into the experience:


We are a community of designers and makers itching at the opportunity to solve complex problems and push solutions beyond what seems possible. Our highly collaborative work style is an encouraging one. We build on each other’s ideas to design impactful, sometimes provocative, solutions for some of the world’s toughest challenges.

IDEO gives its employees the permission and autonomy to reframe questions and ask “Why?”. Why are we designing this? What need are we solving? Who is this for? Every IDEOer—no matter their role or title—is empowered to observe, question, experiment, and create.

Have Impact

IDEOers are unique in that they are designing to address real needs—to positively impact the lives of others. Contributing to IDEO’s work—whether for clients or the organization itself—means making a difference.

The power of Human Centered Design is that it allows us to play and design solutions in many capacities. Our work spans product design, service design, experience design, digital transformation, venture design, and more. Check out some of our case studies here.

It goes without saying that we want to take care of our biggest asset, our people. This is why IDEO is dedicated to providing our employees with a comprehensive benefits package. It’s something we believe allows people to do their best work, which is why, in addition to base salary, we provide a competitive benefits and bonus offering.

A balanced life is a happy one. Our employees enjoy the benefit of:

  • Taking time off that’s appropriate for their individual workloads

  • A company-wide profit sharing program with bonuses paid out twice per year
  • Medical, dental, and vision plans for themselves and their families
  • A 401(k) plan with match for all eligible employees


IDEO has seven core values that bind us together, and they are just as relevant today as when we were founded over 30 years ago. Our values shape our culture and space, and drive how we work.

We’re eager to meet candidates who are authentically aligned with these values, so we design our interviews to assess values alignment in addition to skills and experience.

Our values are:

Be Optimistic

Make Others Successful


Take Ownership

Embrace Ambiguity

Learn From Failure

Talk Less, Do More

For more on where we’ve been, our values, and where we’re going, check out The Little Book of IDEO microsite. You can also read about how the book came to life here.

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    working with the smartest people in the world
    exciting projects
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    struggling to come up to come up with a Con. Maybe the fact that IDEO is large and you won't know everyone immediately.

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    I applied online. I interviewed at IDEO in April 2017.


    3 total levels. 1 - 30min phone call with HR. 2 - 1hr webcam interview with two people within the team. 3 - 45min webcam interview with two other teammates. HR was just to get to know me, the following two interviews were me describing my work and process.

    The first two interviews were great, with great, happy people and I really would have enjoyed spending my working day with them. The final interview was with 2 people that seemed like they didn't enjoy their job, were tired, and not excited to be speaking with me because I was interrupting their schedule. The one lady kept glancing at the clock every time I began with my answer to her question. This affected my performance negatively, as I felt unimportant.

    HR was so great, can't say enough. She called me afterwards and let me know why I wasn't getting an offer, and I already knew the reason.

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IDEO Awards & Accolades

  • Top 15 Employers for MBAs, Universum, 2013
  • CNN Money: 15 Top MBA Employers, CNN Money, 2013
  • Top 10 Most Entrepreneurial Company Alumni Networks, Founder Dating, 2013
  • CNN Money: 15 Top MBA Employers, CNN Money, 2012
  • 100 Most Favored Companies by MBA Students, Fortune, 2009
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