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Updated 30 May 2019

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IDEO CEO Tim Brown
Tim Brown
107 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great people great culture great methodology(in 15 reviews)

  • "Company culture, interesting projects, great people(in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • "They are a separate entity in the org and as a designer you will rarely have a chance to engage with them(in 12 reviews)

  • "Very low pay and little opportunity for advancement(in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Nice place to work. Lovely people. Talented folk."

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    Current Employee - Senior Designer in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IDEO full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great people. Some of the best designers in the world working under the same roof. 9/10 people v v v nice.

    Cons

    Ambiguity in career progression. Everyone working out how things work all the time. Lack of transparency on project resourcing.

    IDEO2019-05-30
  2. "Analyst"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at IDEO full-time

      Pros

      Amazing company, great culture, great team

      Cons

      none that i can think of

      IDEO2019-01-19
    • "Design Lead"

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      Current Employee - Lead Designer in London, England
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook

      I have been working at IDEO full-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      Amazing culture and people, top clients, variety of projects, great work life balance

      Cons

      Compensation could be a bit higher

      IDEO2018-01-25
    • Helpful (3)

      "Lead Interaction Designer"

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      Current Employee - Lead Designer in London, England
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at IDEO full-time for more than 5 years

      Pros

      Offers designers a great culture and the chance to work on interesting challenges in a range of industries. A great place for a young designer.

      Cons

      Offers below industry salaries and more senior employees might struggle to advance in their careers once they reach a certain point. The nature of projects can make it hard for employees with families especially with young children. This affects female employees disproportionately.

      Advice to Management

      The management needs to do more to ensure equality and diversity. This is both in regards to hiring, compensation as well as internal opportunities.

      IDEO2017-05-12
    • Helpful (6)

      "Very political"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      No Opinion of CEO

      I have been working at IDEO full-time

      Pros

      - Nice people - Nice offices - Good culture - Shines on your CV

      Cons

      - Very political - Low salaries - Poor HR management

      IDEO2017-02-14
    • Helpful (5)

      "good people but lost its way"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at IDEO full-time for more than 10 years

      Pros

      Really smart people, great projects and a great heritage.

      Cons

      Very gossipy culture and inward looking despite the fact that the process speaks to the idea of looking outside your company. Not transparent at all in terms of career growth or decision making. It's a boys and girls club at the top and hard to get in the inner circle. There's a lot of self-belief but don't be fooled - speak to the clients and find out whether anything went to market. Poor accountability and support for...

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      Advice to Management

      Look at the market and get out of the building more. Get candid feedback from ex clients. Get lean and focus on what's really important. Build from there. When you've done that, fix all the talent management problems.

      IDEO2017-03-03
    • Helpful (3)

      "Difficult to navigate but highly rewarding"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at IDEO full-time for more than 10 years

      Pros

      Great people, passionate, great culture and good opportunities. Suits those who are good at networking and take the initiative to make things happen.

      Cons

      Quite political, and somewhat bureacratic to navigate but generally a great place to work.

      IDEO2016-01-20
    • Helpful (9)

      "Great in the past, average by now."

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at IDEO full-time for more than 5 years

      Pros

      Low hierarchies, sometimes flexibility in working hours, free food, interesting projects, international environment, lots of great and very smart people

      Cons

      Change for change sake, even if it doesn't make any sense. Career development inexistent if one is no designer, leadership that doesn't lead at all (i.e., blaming others for their incompetencies) but the best to me was blaming non designers for not being a designer. And to be fair, we're all designers in the end.

      Advice to Management

      Spend money more effectively and stop wasting it. At least try to keep good employees and drop the bad ones.

      IDEO2016-01-03
    • Helpful (5)

      "Best place I've ever worked"

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      Current Employee - Senior Designer in London, England
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      Approves of CEO

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

      Pros

      Interesting work, amazing people, and challenging.

      Cons

      Potentially a ceiling in terms of growth, but a great place for entry-level and mid-level designers.

      IDEO2015-02-11
    • "A great place keep redefining what design can do"

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      Former Employee - Design Lead in Shanghai, Shanghai
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at IDEO full-time for more than 5 years

      Pros

      Shared values cross global. People are the best part in your IDEO life. Most projects are inspiring.

      Cons

      The company has limited understanding, engagement, and relevant to impactful local clients. At same time, the company has not been having great local talents and leadership unlike other locations.

      Advice to Management

      Learn from the market from the bottom of your heart. Grow your team first then your self.

      IDEO2019-05-10
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