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    "A fantastic place to work - meaningful work with friends for life"

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      Former Employee - Director 
      Recommends

      I worked at IDEO full-time for more than 9 years

      Pros

      A huge variety of innovative work with the world's best clients, and brilliant (yet humble) co-workers

      Cons

      As with any consultancy... you do not take the product/experience/service all the way to the finish line.

      IDEO2019-04-08
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      "It’s complicated"

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      • Work/Life Balance
      • Culture & Values
      • Career Opportunities
      • Compensation and Benefits
      • Senior Management
      Former Employee - Designer 
      Recommends
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at IDEO full-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      Fell in love with a few projects I had the chance to work on. Traveled a few places and got the chance to work for clients I was dreaming of before joining. Colleagues are incredibly smart, talented, and emotionally invested. It's a culture of kindness and generosity among designers. The brand of IDEO is powerful and, if you have initiative, it can open a few doors while you are at the company, and after when you leave...

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      Cons

      Politics: as many reviews profusely indicate, there is 2-class citizens systems which is obvious. I would add to that the drift the company is going through towards ultimate self-referentiality, IDEO celebrating its IDEOness. You can really see the cultural resistance towards really understanding the world we are living nowadays, especially when it comes to technology and people behaviors, whereas a company like IDEO...

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      Advice to Management

      It was good since it lasted.

      IDEO2019-03-01
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      "Crazy, Kind, Fast-Paced"

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      • Work/Life Balance
      • Culture & Values
      • Career Opportunities
      • Compensation and Benefits
      • Senior Management
      Current Employee - Coordinator 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at IDEO full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      - A mindblowingly vibrant, inspiring, fun, quirky and youthful culture of helping - Everyone is a badass and has a cool story, it is fun to uncover - There is always something interesting going on--an event, a brainstorm, happy hour, crafty project, etc. - Nobody makes you feel "less than" even if you're not a designer. People care about you and will lift you up and offer new learning experiences if you care, do the...

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      Cons

      - There's no ladder--it's a free climb up a mountain wall (not for the faint of heart) - So much change and ambiguity - the company itself and nature of my work has shifted so many times since I've gotten here; I've given up trying to define myself as xyz. I just think of my work as a series of very different learning projects, vs. a static thing. The explosiveness is nice because I have the time to pour into it.

      Advice to Management

      Address Turnover - It feels like while the community loves being at IDEO, there is always someone leaving. I think to some extent we've self-selected for curious, fun, bold people who want to explore new ground. At the same time, is there something we can do to continue to help people find their place or learning opportunity vs. leaving it up to luck and projects? There have been so many departures in the senior / director...

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      IDEO2019-02-06

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