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Intellectual Ventures Reviews

Updated March 31, 2017
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Pros
  • The company is full of really, really smart people (in 16 reviews)

  • IV is pioneering a new asset class and business model, so there is no well trodden path to simply follow what others have already done (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • Not all policies apply to everyone; decision-making by top management takes a while (in 7 reviews)

  • Career path after intellectual ventures is very niche (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "One of the most innovative companies"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Director in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great innovative environment, lot of lateral thinking and freedom to pursue your ideas, great interaction with external inventors and exposure to latest technologies ranging from biology to space science

    Cons

    Career path after intellectual ventures is very niche.


  2. "Smart people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Intellectual Ventures part-time

    Pros

    Everyone here is really, really smart. They will get what you're saying and take it to the next level fast.

    Cons

    Everyone here is really, really smart. They will expect you to function at that level at all times and can be withering if you don't.


  3. "STG"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Intellectual Ventures full-time

    Pros

    Paid time off Tuition reimbursement,Short- and long-term disability coverage

    Cons

    No Career Path. Favoritism towards friends for career growth. Opinions are not heard.


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  5. "Great ideas, but a great deal of inertia"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Director in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Intellectual Ventures full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great salaries and benefits. Get to work with a lot of very intelligent people.

    Cons

    Very difficult getting things DONE - mostly due to internal inertia and very low risk tolerance.

    Advice to Management

    Put business first!


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Results matter less than proving you're smart."

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

    I worked at Intellectual Ventures full-time

    Pros

    Some of the smartest, most dynamic free-thinkers I've ever met. Learn something new every day. Compensation is very strong.

    Cons

    A business that doesn't value teamwork or bring out the best in its people. People don't feel appreciated, and don't give their best as a result. People get into work late, leave early, and either don't last long or learn to manage their frustration. Lots of negativity every day.

    Advice to Management

    Your culture is broken. As one of the few IV leaders I respected once told me, "Smart people are good at showing you they're smart. Really smart people are good at bringing out the brilliance in those around them."


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Vibrant, challenging culture without decisive leadership"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Intellectual Ventures full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Smart challenging peers and functional groups in a new industry space of patents as another asset class. Exciting ideas in invention and technology front. Comp package generally good although long term incentive comp has been languishing as of late.

    Cons

    Leadership seems indecisive. Goals and compensation not strategically aligned. Cultural tends to promote or at least tolerate ill-tempered behavior by management

    Advice to Management

    Decisive direction, aligning all goals and comp to the same end. Consider all stakeholders and increase their value.


  8. "Never a dull moment"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newcastle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newcastle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Intellectual Ventures (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The company is full of really, really smart people. You will never be bored.

    Cons

    Overlapping projects and matrixed project management can really impede forward progress.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Working at IV isn't bad but not great."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Accounts Payable Specialist in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Accounts Payable Specialist in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good medical/dental/vision benefits (for single). Generous PTO & holidays. Free parking and flexible hours. Company provided snacks, coffee, tea, sofa.

    Cons

    Lack of appreciation shown to employees. Staff stretched thin. Annual bonus and yearly long term incentive grants are inconsistent and weak.

    Advice to Management

    Find ways to show appreciation, boost morale, and retain employees with incentives.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Good employer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Director in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Intellectual Ventures full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The compensation is very fair and commensurate with experience and responsibility. There is a stimulating intellectual environment that is always on the cutting edge of the market.

    Cons

    The environment can be quite political. There are some questions about the long -term viability of the company. There is sometimes a sense that management team is too involved in small operational details.


  11. Helpful (5)

    "IV is a Difficult Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Easy access to I-90
    Free parking
    Snacks in breakrooms

    Cons

    Too much office politics
    Top down decision-making
    Executive leadership works in silos
    Toxic work environment
    Too many gray areas

    Advice to Management

    You hire brilliant people. Listen to what they have to say.


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