From what I have understood, it is not the best way to open a project built with Maven in Intellij by using the idea plug-in, that is by calling:
This applies equally to IntelliJ and Maven:
pom.xml file is not reflected in your IDE, you must rebuild the project (possibly losing some configuration (?)) every time. Moreover, if any team member modifies
pom.xml, you have to remember about rebulding your project (which will require closing and reopening it).
additional step is required when opening new project
IDEs have some other Maven features, e.g. both of aforementioned environemnts can show dependency graphs
Use mvn plugin as a last resort only when your IDE goes crazy and cannot figure out maven configuration correctly.