Intellectual Ventures Reviews

Updated Jul 6, 2020

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3.3
53%
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59%
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Intellectual Ventures Founder and Chief Executive Officer Nathan Myhrvold (no image)
Nathan Myhrvold
76 Ratings
Pros
  • "Smart people, good Office location, good salaries and benefits(in 21 reviews)

  • "IV is has been a place that gets a bad name because of patent lawsuits(in 19 reviews)

Cons
  • "The company is in a down spiral mostly because it could not address major changes in patent legislation which severely affected its business model(in 16 reviews)

  • "My whole time at IV was horrible(in 15 reviews)

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  1. "Loved it here"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Legal Department in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Intellectual Ventures full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Casual work environment, super intelligent colleagues, allowed to handle your work without micromanagement the majority of the time.

    Cons

    None come to mind. It really is a great place to work.

  2. "Few Women or Millennials Will Fit in"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Development Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Intellectual Ventures full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Super smart CEO and most employees. Well Funded

    Cons

    Antiquated, entitled, tech heavy, white male culture with no clue how to be inclusive or diverse let alone innovative.

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  3. "Not sure how much longer it will stay in business"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Super smart people and casual environment

    Cons

    Some people can be difficult , unclear management structure.

  4. "Intellectual Ventures - good for long-term employment"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Paralegal 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Intellectual Ventures full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Wonderful colleagues and friendly environment. Good pay and benefits. I've worked here altogether for over 10 years.

    Cons

    Tough commute from where I live in northeast Seattle.

  5. "Good Variety of Experience"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Test Technician 

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to work on different types of projects. Coworkers were great, and perks of the job were excellent. Good opportunities for training.

    Cons

    Little potential for promotion for somebody like me within the shop due mainly to its size.

  6. "Fun company to work for,"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Analyst 

    I worked at Intellectual Ventures full-time

    Pros

    Strong culture of innovation within ISF

    Cons

    Some monetization strategies didn't directly benefit continued innovation

  7. "Great ideas and great team, non functional mgmt"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Director 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great ideas and cutting edge. Collaboration of team members

    Cons

    Upper mgmt seems dysfuntional protecting their own respective silos.

  8. "Important if obscure"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Relaxed dress code, decent snacks, smart colleagues, and an idealistic CEO

    Cons

    Uninspiring location and surroundings, stagnation of ideas, poor communication among upper management

  9. Helpful (5)

    "Competitive and Siloed"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Content Specialist in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nathan Myhrvold is a fantastic innovator, philanthropist, and creative, working at IV is an opportunity to observe a truly unique leader with unusual interests, motivators and drive. There are all kinds of interesting and innovative projects happening across the lab.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, middle management at IV's derivative companies is often paranoid and insecure. They have a tendency to try to give upper management agreeable answers, hide their mistakes, and gloss over information which may be disruptive. Managers frequently compete with each other and the general culture tends to toward gossip and infighting rather than collaboration. Projects still get done, but they are accomplished inefficiently and with much emotion across teams.

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  10. Helpful (3)

    "Unhealthy office climate. Not worth it."

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Generous PTO, flexible work arrangements, company events.

    Cons

    It's a competitive "claw your way to the top" type of environment. Poor teamwork. Upper management and leadership expects 100% perfection on everything, which encourages employees to hide mistakes and hope they go unnoticed, or divert blame/throw team mates under the bus. It was sad how many times I saw directors deliberately concealing their mistakes so they wouldn't be their manager's next target.

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