Intellectual Ventures Reviews

Updated 16 May 2021

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3.6
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Intellectual Ventures Founder and Chief Executive Officer Nathan Myhrvold (no image)
Nathan Myhrvold
86 Ratings
Pros
  • "Super smart people and casual environment(in 22 reviews)

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

  • Cons
  • "Due to nature of start up, your time at IV may be short(in 16 reviews)

  • "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)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Great people, amazing lab

      16 May 2021 - Engineering Test Technician in Bellevue, WA
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      Pros

      Lots of different projects, co workers are driven, talented, and friendly.

      Cons

      Fluctuations in work for the lab could lead to layoffs which is impactful due to the relatively small size of the team.

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    2. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Excelllent!

      14 Apr 2021 - Business Administrator in Bellevue, WA
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      Pros

      Excellent benefits, work/life balance, great coworkers and interesting work

      Cons

      Not much room for growth

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    3. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Good company

      3 Apr 2021 - Systems Engineer in Chennai
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      Pros

      Good infrastructure and skill improvement

      Cons

      Work pressure have to balance

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    4. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Great place

      18 Mar 2021 - Mechanical Design Engineer in Bellevue, WA
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      Pros

      Travel; ownership; work for a cause

      Cons

      No stock options. Lesser-known organization.

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    5. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Bad (and weird!) place to work

      31 Aug 2020 - Manager in Bellevue, WA
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      Pros

      Easy job, no after hours work, little stress

      Cons

      Toxic workplace. No trust or transparency. Most leaders act out of fear and insecurity, and simply agree with the person directly above them on the management chain. A lot of bullying and internal politics...I think mostly because there's not much else to do. The work is extremely boring. There's not much going on at the company, so most employees are bored and spend their days trying to find random tasks to keep them busy. I'd even see people just sleeping at their desks! The lack of meaningful work makes IV a very unfulfilling place to work for most people, especially people who work on the management/operations side (not in the lab). There's also no long-term vision for the company and it seems like its future is very unstable, but management rarely acknowledges this reality and does not communicate anything with employees.

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    6. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Academic feel

      24 Jan 2021 - Research Scientist in Bellevue, WA
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      Pros

      Felt a lot like academia. Intellectual freedom and challenging problems

      Cons

      Felt a lot like academia. Poor work-life balance, a lot of "let me impress you with how big my brain is" or "let me impress you with how much I worked this weekend"

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    7. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Nice company

      12 Feb 2021 - SDE-intern in Bellevue, WA
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      Pros

      Able to focus. Decent research environment.

      Cons

      Food options for lunch is few.

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    8. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Great people!

      3 Feb 2021 - Receptionist 
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      Pros

      very nice and supportive people, great company

      Cons

      it was not full time

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    9. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Smart people, little support for diversity

      28 Jan 2021 - Researcher 
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      Pros

      Smart, engaged, and thoughtful coworkers

      Cons

      A lot of white men in leadership and management positions, little opportunity to change that.

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      Intellectual Ventures Response

      Recruiting Director & HR Business Partner

      IV acknowledges that we still have work to do to enable a more diverse and inclusive culture. We are proud of our efforts to bring together great minds to create, incubate, and commercialize impactful inventions but recognize there’s still work to do. And, with over 40% women overall, including our executive leadership team, we are building the foundation to create a diverse and inclusive environment that allows everyone to thrive and do their best work. We welcome further conversation and invite you to please reach out to Nicole Grogan (ngrogan@intven.com).

    10. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Nice compensation, challenging work, caustic culture

      1 Feb 2021 - Senior Director in Bellevue, WA
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      Pros

      Smart people, interesting ideas, great people in the trenches

      Cons

      Executive management does not empower or trust

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