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IDEO CEO Sandy Speicher
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Pros
  • "Great Culture, diverse team, and unique suite of clients(in 18 reviews)

  • "Great people great culture great methodology(in 12 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 13 reviews)

  • "Moving up takes awhile, low pay compared to a tech firm(in 11 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Great place to work!

      Jun 12, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Culture collaboration content creative are all great

      Cons

      Sometimes decision making is slow

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    2. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great team, great work culture

      Feb 14, 2014 - Senior Designer in Mumbai
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      Pros

      Great team, exciting work, great work culture

      Cons

      No clarity vis-a-vis growth mechanism, highly subjective and very very fuzzy

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      3 people found this review helpful
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    4. 5.0
      Current Employee

      An awesome place to work

      Dec 17, 2012 - Communication Designer in Mumbai
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      Pros

      Great values, great people, great culture. Amazing work, amazing opportunities.

      Cons

      Wouldn't want to ever leave.

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    5. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Undergoing a period of transition

      Jul 21, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Amazing people, global footprint, creative challenges

      Cons

      Compensation, mostly white, and lots of people burnt out.

      2 people found this review helpful
    6. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Best place for designer if you know who you are and what you want

      Jun 16, 2021 - Senior Interaction Designer in Shanghai, Shanghai, Shanghai
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      Pros

      - You will be surrounded by a bunch of bright, quirky, yet really nice people. - Showing yourself consider a virtue here. If you are wired, even better. - Designer is highly valued, with many opportunities to explore your craft.

      Cons

      - You need to fight for yourself. There is no clear path for career growth. - Introverts might have a hard time fitting in the highly social environment. - If you don't know what you what, you can easily get distracted or even burn out.

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    7. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Creative, weird, incredibly special place

      May 21, 2021 - Senior Designer in San Francisco, CA
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      Pros

      Smart, creative weirdos working who care about making the world better and each other. Projects are incredibly varied and interesting. Doing research is always fascinating and challenges what I think I know

      Cons

      The pay isn’t super competitive and there has been a lack of clarity around the future of remote work, but nothing I’d consider quitting over

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      3 people found this review helpful
    8. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Nice

      Apr 27, 2021 - Produkt Designer in München, Bavaria, Bavaria
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      Pros

      Good environment and nice collegues

      Cons

      More inclusion would be nice

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    9. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Where is the human centeredness

      Apr 12, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Top talent from the most random, weird collection of people. They're not just the best designers, but incredible humans in so many ways!

      Cons

      People come to IDEO because of its strong brand image and unbeatable reputation in design and innovation, but in reality the experience of IDEO is far from the rosy impression that most people have in their minds. Or more accurately, IDEO is not longer the IDEO that it was originally designed. to be. While it continues to attract top talents across a wide variety of design crafts, the lack of good leadership and prevalent organizational chaos makes it an extremely toxic place to work. Good talent is often wasted because of favoritism or lack of willingness to appreciate personalities or individuals that don’t fit the idealized “IDEOer” typology. Rather than take in feedback for what it’s worth, people are told to be better at embracing ambiguity or be more optimistic, creating weird psychological effects of self doubt and self blame especially for newer/ junior employees. Another result is a lot of subjectivity in everything from how projects are run to the level of career development you are giving, and constant changes in directions depending on who you’re engaging with. Some will tell you they had a great experience, while others slaved away for years with little recognition and voice. The worst part of this is there is high degree of burnout and dissatisfaction that remain unvoiced except in small / close circles because people are afraid to give off the impression that they’re not being loyal enough to the company and therefore not embracing the ideals of IDEO. The company loves celebrating successes but avoid real conversations about challenges and broken stuff. Overtime, people get used to the dysfunctions that become the norm. Frankly, there are too many incidences that reveal that empathy and human-centeredness is but a facade. And unfortunately the company embodies a lot of the toxicity and dysfunction that other companies get torn apart for by the media.

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      15 people found this review helpful
    10. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Great talents but not great guidance

      Apr 26, 2021 - Sales and Marketing 
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      Pros

      Great talents .great people and culture

      Cons

      Lack of guidance from leadership roles

      1 person found this review helpful
    11. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Great place to work if you fit in

      Apr 18, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Awesome place to learn end-to-end design process and great variety of industries and projects

      Cons

      Can be somewhat cultish and difficult to advance if you’re not among “the chosen ones.”

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      2 people found this review helpful
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