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Autodesk President, CEO, and Director Carl Bass
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  1. 5 people found this helpful

    It's nothing I'd recommend if you cherish your health and sanity.

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    Current Employee - Product Support Specialist in Manchester, NH
    Current Employee - Product Support Specialist in Manchester, NH

    I have been working at Autodesk full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    U.S. 6 week paid sabbatical every 4 years...You'll need it. Great co-workers.

    Cons

    Incompetent managers thickly layered throughout. Every manager has to give 20% of their direct reports poor ratings on their yearly review so you could play the politics and not work as hard/be as savvy and make way more than a co-worker who gets things done well all year but doesn't kiss up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of some of the layers of incompetent, ineffective managers below you. It's a funnel of idiocy that has no real function!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. good company overall

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Manchester, NH
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Manchester, NH

    I worked at Autodesk full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    work with competent, smart people; good pay; good benefits

    Cons

    the management changes frequently and is not always competent; they stack rank every year to get rid of a percentage of workers and hire younger for less.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 6 people found this helpful

    Interesting products, and talented staff, but mostly incompetent senior management & executive team

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, NH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, NH

    I have been working at Autodesk

    Pros

    Strong compensation package.
    Generous sabbatical program.

    Cons

    Autodesk is a highly political organization. Those who get ahead commit tremendous energy internal manipulation and consolidation of personal power - not concerned with customers or their reports. It is a highly competitive environment where there is always a looser. You move up by pushing someone else down. Cooperation and teamwork are mostly foreign concepts in this highly siloed organization.

    Many senior managers, directors, and executives got to where they are because of persistence and ruthless dedication to self aggrandizement inside that like minded leadership group - not because of talent, accomplishments, or support of those that report to them. The result is a large pool of talented individual contributors that are mostly not able or allowed to do their best work.

    In the last 3 years, during the economic crisis, both layoffs and internal austerity measures where extensive, while - during the same period - additional layers of management structure were added. This has resulted in great frustration, low moral, and an employee / management relationship that could be described as confrontational. Many feel betrayed by those at the helm, and are simply biding time until the job market picks up. Departures have risen in the last year, and I expect them to rise dramatically in the coming months and years.

    As mentioned in another review I read, Carl has a narrow focus that seems to randomly shift between groups & projects - often at a very detailed level. The impression is there's no one leading the company as one team. Autodesk feels like a loose confederation of often competing independent companies, all continually jockeying for the lead in an internal power strugle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value cooperation over competition.
    Reduce management structure - flatten the organization.
    Create conditions for skilled people to do their jobs as they see fit, rather than exert management control over and intervention in individual projects.
    Stop reacting and take the lead in product innovation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful

    Was a great place to work. Now, they are interested in the bottom line and their fat bonuses.

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    Current Employee - Business Center Representative in Manchester, NH
    Current Employee - Business Center Representative in Manchester, NH

    I have been working at Autodesk

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, nice working environment, casual atmosphere. The pay is decent, and time off is lenient and flexible. Dogs are allowed in some facilities, although Manchester no longer. (I suspect it is to save on insurance costs...and NOT the landlord's decision, as they claim)

    Cons

    Very poor senior management. Job openings are posted, but are already filled before posting, and usually by the hiring manager's favorites. Senior management far more interested in their quarterly earnings than making a better product or happier customers. Very little communication from management to the "working stiffs", and people are left wondering what is going on. Decisions are made by people who have no idea of the real world impact of the actions, and no attempt is made to find out that impact from those on the front lines. The Manchester Business Center is being closed, and all the reps being laid off. Their headcount is being moved to Singapore. This is likely a trend that will continue within the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to save money as your sole direction. Customer service is being sorely neglected in favor of typical big corporate greed. The CEO is a numbers cruncher...and the company is not the great place to work that it used to be, in favor of financial profits. It has gone too far.

    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful

    Great work-life balance, but not many opportunities for career growth

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    Current Employee - Product Designer in Manchester, NH
    Current Employee - Product Designer in Manchester, NH

    I have been working at Autodesk

    Pros

    - Coworkers (individual contributors) are a joy to work with. They are intelligent, understanding, and helpful.
    - Autodesk encourages a healthy work-life balance. Office hours are flexible, and as long as you fulfill your responsibilities on time, you are rarely questioned about how much time you spend at work.
    - Working from home as frequently as one day a week is an accepted norm.
    - Autodesk provides great health benefits.
    - All employees are eligible for a 6 week sabbatical (paid time off) every 4 years.

    Cons

    - Base salaries are less than competitor salaries.
    - The senior management is not very open about their immediate plans, long-term vision, or anything in-between. The management, in general, tends to have a secretive approach about everything.
    - Opportunities for promotion, leadership, knowledge growth or general career development are few and far between.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Your employees are your biggest asset. Work on keeping them motivated and satisfied.
    - When you promote employees as people managers, keep a check on their performance by asking for anonymous feedback from their direct and indirect reports. If certain people managers are not keeping their reports happy, give someone else a chance.
    - Autodesk is a market leader. Have a long-term vision for the direction of the company and the industries it serves, rather than playing catch-up with smaller competitors.

    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful

    Was a good company, but has degraded badly in the past few years.

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    Current Employee - Software QA Analyst in Manchester, NH
    Current Employee - Software QA Analyst in Manchester, NH

    I have been working at Autodesk

    Pros

    The people here are GREAT...no problems there. Unfortunately, that's pretty much the only good thing any more. Oh, and that folks can bring their dogs in to work...but most folks are much too busy to do so any more.

    Cons

    Salaries are so-so, not great, especially considering the long hours that are really needed to get our jobs done. Nice bennies package, though. Stock has basically been horizontal for several years, so, unless something changes drastically in the market, there's not much opportunity for earnings beyond salary and bonus (although the ESPP is decent).
    Division reorganizations every year or so are an incredible waste of time and energy...seems like a low cost-benefit ratio, and a lot of wasted time. Very Dilbert.
    Reviews are now rather rigid here: 20% of people get an "A", 70% get a "C", and 10% get an "F"...even if your whole group is stellar, or even if they are awful, 20% of them will get a great bonus and pay increase, and 10% will get neither. Guess the thing to do is make sure you join an under-performing group, then you'll have an easy time getting an "A". Seems like this could be handled with a little more finesse.
    Most folks I know are just biding their time, waiting to escape from what was once a great company to work for. We really miss Carol Bartz!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit with the stupid re-org's, and quit drinking the Jack Welch Kool-Aid...we create software, we do not make lightbulbs...you cannot manage us like a manufacturing company and expect to be successful. Or, as many believe, are you really just ripening us for a takeover, so you can get your nice fat buyouts?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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