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Updated June 4, 2014
Updated June 4, 2014
497 Reviews

3.7
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Autodesk President, CEO, and Director Carl Bass
Carl Bass
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance is great with remuneration offered being very competitive (in 70 reviews)

  • Relatively stable job with good benefits (in 44 reviews)


Cons
  • I would say that work/life balance suffers a bit at Autodesk (in 12 reviews)

  • Middle management can range from exceptional to inept (in 22 reviews)

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  1.  

    Uninspiring

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    What our customers are doing with our products is really inspiring. Workload is 9-5 kinda work day and that is the reason why Autodesk has a relatively good employee retention.

    Cons

    Totally uninspiring leadership (below Carl Bass that is): politics prevails over efficiency. Mediocracy is deep down in the culture. Intrapreneurship is not valued at all. Compensation totally off market, by far.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn about meritocracy!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Politic plays a great role in the company!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    people are generally nice to work with.

    Cons

    - Managers have no competency whatsoever and they are managers because of years they worked in Autodesk.
    - HR is definitely one sided people - managers.. so unreal how bad it gets.
    - Some people are just rude, demanding, crazy boss - wish I can name them
    - They have small ALL the time so, it doesn't hit the market and lower the stock value - deceiving

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    to make the company into next level, you need to let go people who have been there more than 15 years.. they are ruining the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    During my time at Autodesk I watch divisions compete with one another at the cost of the overall company.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Finance Manager, Sales Finance

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance Manager  in  San Rafael, CA
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in San Rafael, CA

    Pros

    reasonable 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)

    Cons

    Location - 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 ManagementAdvice

    HR 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Ineffective Process and Management

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Engineer  in  Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Engineer in Boulder, CO

    Pros

    Great compensation, benefits and incentives.

    Cons

    Terrible management, too much bureaucracy, no engineering process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Our CEO is at Burning Man

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No words.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

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

    Cons

    In 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 7 people found this helpful  

    Right change in strategy - poor execution as usual.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager  in  Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Waltham, MA

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Cloud thing is over done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Confused management, poor regard for employees and contractors

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    HR 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 ManagementAdvice

    Respect 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    political spineless leadership

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director of Sales  in  Remote, OR
    Former Employee - Director of Sales in Remote, OR

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Open 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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