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Updated 11 de Nov 2019

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4.1
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IDEO CEO Sandy Speicher
Sandy Speicher
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Pros
  • "Great people great culture great methodology(in 16 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)

  • "Moving up takes awhile, low pay compared to a tech firm(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. "Human centered to the core"

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

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

    Pros

    Very social, genuine people and easy to feel comfortable quickly

    Cons

    Easy to get sucked into the politics

    IDEO2019-11-11
  3. "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
  4. Helpful (1)

    "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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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 senior leaders who try to do new things.

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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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
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