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72% Approve of the CEO

Autodesk President, CEO, and Director Carl Bass

Carl Bass

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73% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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During my time at Autodesk I watch divisions compete with one another at the cost of the overall company.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Autodesk full-time

ProsStrong talent pool in the development side of the house
Interesting products

ConsLittle care for employees
Lack of sincere communication
High turnover
Low leadership skills in senior management (VP and up)

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Finance Manager (Former Employee)
San Rafael, CA

I worked at Autodesk full-time for less than a year

Prosreasonable compensation. Good ESPP program where they have two year minimum price lock down so if you are there long enough and the stock was super down in the past two years and now 3-4 times more then you will make good money out of ESPP (employee stock purchase program)

ConsLocation - San Rafael is soooooo far from everything.
Flexibility - no flexibility, manager doesn't want you to work remotely.
People - no vision, not adapting to new ideas.
Unstable tools - every month/3 months they try new tools and wants to adapt to these tools. Finance is more involved in testing tools than working on numbers

Advice to Senior ManagementHR should be involved more on a regular basis in getting feedbacks from employees about their respective managers.

Get finance tools straight and make it more stable than trying to use new tools every month.

Hire people with vision and ready to adapt to changes.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Ineffective Process and Management

Senior Principal Engineer (Current Employee)
Boulder, CO

I have been working at Autodesk full-time for more than a year

ProsGreat compensation, benefits and incentives.

ConsTerrible management, too much bureaucracy, no engineering process.

Advice to Senior ManagementStart listening to the employees, put some good engineering practices in place (code reviews, continuous build system, unit testing, etc.). Stop protecting bad managers.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Our CEO is at Burning Man

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Autodesk

ProsIt is earnings week and our CEO is in the desert using the company's money.

ConsWorst company ever. Bring back Carol Bartz please! Where are the investors and BOD?

Advice to Senior ManagementNo words.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Senseless spending, senseless cuts, mindless, cold, unpleasant place to work

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Autodesk full-time

ProsSmart folks in a company that seems to pay well - but not worth the cost one pays to work there on many levels.

ConsIn my experience they were cutting marrow and bone and to the detriment of the company, carelessly, and without regard for people who had devoted themselves to the company, some of them for decades, and apparently because some of these folks were at the higher income levels. Senseless spending, senseless cuts, mindless, cold, calculating, unpleasant place to work. At times bordering on cruelty in its coldness. In my own situation I feel delighted to be free of the company, but I was completely devoted and I do believe it was a senseless cut. As one admin said, “Autodesk is spending like a drunken sailor,” and I witnessed the senselessness first hand and then the cruelty of the cuts. They then asked many employees to come back as temporary workers without benefits and at lower wages.

Advice to Senior ManagementGet a handle on your spending and keep devoted hard-working employees who make the company much more than they cost.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Right change in strategy - poor execution as usual.

Product Manager (Current Employee)
Waltham, MA

I have been working at Autodesk full-time

Pros- Major change in strategy laid out clearly.
- Great pay and stock plan.
- Vacation and other benefits are so-so but ok.
- Global reach and usually get to work with very smart people.

Cons- Disastrous execution of reorg.
- Good growth (>50%) products getting sidelined due to VP's pet project.
- Weak middle management that does not question upper management decisions or edicts.
- Very very political. Cannot be honest.
- Fringe benefits are gone. No more dogs in most offices. No drinks or snacks.
- Travel is a pain.

Advice to Senior ManagementCloud thing is over done.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Confused management, poor regard for employees and contractors

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I worked at Autodesk

ProsThe company takes two mandatory (unpaid) weeks off each year lately, for economic reasons, but it's a nice break for employees. In the Bay Area, there are several offices and the one in San Francisco is accessible to BART, Muni, busses, ferry, etc - great location.

ConsHR does not talk to employees at all; I have seen some fighting to get their benefits for 6 months or more (we're talking basic benefits that all employees should have). Upper management changes strategy weekly and morale is sketchy as a result. People don't talk to one another and most have insecurity about their jobs. The level of disorganization is shocking for a company of this size.

Advice to Senior ManagementRespect your employees. While working there I saw many people laid off with no explanation; this is highly disrepectful and confusing to those of us who continue to work there. You claim "sustainability" but should engage and educate your own employees on this.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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political spineless leadership

Director of Sales (Former Employee)
Remote, OR

I worked at Autodesk

Pros-great work life balance
-marketing powerhouse
-great partner recognition programs
-great benefits outside of primary compensation

Cons-very political organization, cliques; forced ranking system
-do not recognize high performing people if you are not in the "clique"
-shallow leadership with fixed 360 performance reviews
-will not fire senior sales leadership that does not have the ability to effectively lead an organization; as such their revenues are stagnant
-no programs for career advancement
-poor sales compensation plans

Advice to Senior ManagementOpen your eyes to the sales team that actually perform and take no credit, instead of the ones that are brown-nose-ing you at quarterly/annual leadership pow wow's held in your Plano facility.
BOD you need to clean house at all levels.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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never work here unless u are in senior ranks

Programmer (Former Employee)
San Rafael, CA

I worked at Autodesk

Prosget to learn corporate office politics. on a technical note, there is a huge variety of projects that coe a developers way and learning opportunities are massive

Consno cares for one another. Some people slog more just to remain in the team while some dont work at all.

Advice to Senior Managementcare for ur employees and stick to your promises while having an aim at acquiring other companies for more profit.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Autodesk has lost my respect.

Engineering Manager (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Autodesk

ProsGood salary, good benefits, nice office. You can learn a lot as long as you're motivated to make that happen.

ConsManagement is not interested in supporting their staff professionally or otherwise. They do not respect the great commitment that their employees have to the company, or should I say 'had to the company'. They do not nurture they're own.

Advice to Senior ManagementConsider turning down the ROI and turning up the humanity.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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