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Updated October 22, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014
564 Reviews
3.9
564 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance is great with remuneration offered being very competitive (in 85 reviews)

  • Also a fair amount of telecommuting / work from home options depending on the group you're in (in 23 reviews)


Cons
  • I would say that work/life balance suffers a bit at Autodesk (in 14 reviews)

  • Senior management is not interested in growing teams or promoting from within (in 22 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor management of projects and teams

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Autodesk

    Pros

    - Nice offices and perks
    - Nice work life balance

    Cons

    - They can terminate a project suddenly and without any notice even after 40 plus % of the project is completed successfully. Don't give any reasons for this.
    - Does not take action against people who don't perform well, play politics and only talk smoothly.
    - Has non-technical managers to manage technical teams.
    - Most employees are contractors, maybe about 60-70%. Too much competition and less team bonding.
    - Has a lot of useless and boring meetings. Content is useless and there is no action.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Plan your projects properly and stop having useless meetings.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Company with Great Benefits Only

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Review for Autodesk Americas
    -I don't think there is a competitor out there for Autodesk currently, strong company to weather the storms.
    -6 week sabbatical
    -Gives you $300 to use towards gym membership
    -Can bring your dog to work
    -work/life flexible is pretty flexible, but depending on your manager.
    -Overall, the perks are very decent. You cannot really complain about perks at Autodesk.

    Cons

    -Tons of internal politics, leading to bad middle management. The culture here is, "it's not what you know, it's who you know." I've been around for 8 years and under 5 different managers. I can only vouch for 1 that I can say earn his salary.
    -I witness hiring of new employees and managers, and most of the time, I sit and just shake my head and ask how did they ever get this job. Again, it's who you know.
    -One manager was trying to win a prize on the radio during work and is still employ to this day. It's also sad to know that everyone in the department knows that the best thing she is good at, is ordering food. It's also sad to know that her manager knows this and will not let her go, "a lot of red tape to go through."
    -Another employee has been employed for over 10 years and how she gets her work done is to ask 2-4 different employees to complete her work. She reaps the credit and then complains about those same employees if they did her work incorrectly. And get this, she still asks new temp hire's to train her in systems she has been working on for those past 10 years. Again, her manager knows this as well as the whole department, but she is still here.
    -We have employees here just collecting a good pay check and stocks and of course medical insurance by doing the bare minimum to nearly nothing. They walk their dog 10 times a day. 10 smoke breaks. 10 coffee breaks. 1 hour lunch. 15 minutes legal law breaks for 8 hours of work. Just to name a few. Where do you find the time to put in "work" at your job?
    -You ever seen the movie Office Space where they have the two independent audit guys come ask every employee "What it is do you do here?" If that happens here, you will start seeing better hiring.

    I love the company and do recommend you come work here, but expect the politics and dumb employees as well as dumb employees trying to sound smart. The company is doing great because there is no competition, so top executives tend to ignore what's going on below.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use your annual employee review survey and start a firing process of management. Include questions on the survey such as, Do you think the manager you report to is entitled to his/her position? why/why not?

    Give managers the ability to start letting employees go, no "red tape," who do not perform up to standard. Like Zappos, offer those poor performance employees $2-5K to leave. It's a drag on the team, on the dept and on the company. I rather pay the employees a full year of salary and they don't come back rather than keeping them around for the next 10 years.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    Would not recommend

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Autodesk full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Technology and products are cutting edge. Lots of smart people to work with.

    Cons

    Old boys club - leadership has entitlement issues and uses scare tactics. Lack of opportunity for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make an effort to make all employees feel valued.

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

    It was pretty good at times, it was the worst at times.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Autodesk full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, including a sabbatical every 4 years (you'll need it!). Flexible work hours and work from home policies. Reasonable compensation and a good ESPP program.

    Cons

    Frequent re-orgs mean an endless rotating cast of managers, a few were pretty good - but the recent ones were the very worst managers I have ever encountered. Be careful of ending up on the wrong team. Management by intimidation is tolerated, and quite often the ability to talk a good game is valued over the ability to do good work. Extremely political and you will end up on the losing side if you don't play the game. Definitely an old boys club.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a good look at your mid-level managers and ask yourself if they really have the ability to grow and manage teams. Reconsider the "paperless" review system - no paper trail means managers are free to throw their people under the bus to save their own skins when necessary.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ehhh...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager in San Rafael, CA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in San Rafael, CA

    I worked at Autodesk full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    good products
    great location
    good community outreach (volunteering, products to schools, etc.)

    Cons

    good-old-boy network churns thru skills....
    poor data quality/use of data in decision making

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    reduce the shuffle/reorgs (1 per year every year without kpi/measurement for change)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Executive Playground

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Autodesk full-time

    Pros

    Great products, great customers, fantastic reach into the design, engineering, and media communities.

    Cons

    Reorgs, reorgs, reorgs. Pidgeon-holed job descriptions that split authority without clearly defining authority. Lack of trust of junior and mid-level managers. Long legal processes. Lack of budget authority. Extreme matrixing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop micromanaging, provide a career path for employees, and trust your very smart people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    BiB

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Santa Barbara, CA

    I worked at Autodesk as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good support system, great events, expansive product line.

    Cons

    Lots of duplicated work and tasks because this company is so big. Product updates are slow and client satisfaction is low due to their business model of acquiring products rather than developing them internally from inception.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Revamp the licensing cost structure. Create more and acquire less.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Has potential, terrible management and leadership

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Autodesk full-time

    Pros

    - Work life balance
    - good benefits and pay

    Cons

    - Finance organization is not a results driven organization and promotes based on perceived value and how upwards one communicates.
    - Distribution of work is not fair nor consistent across teams, and taking on additional responsibilities does not get recognized or acknowledged
    - Management lack the leadership and acumen to lead the company in the direction it needs to go and always seeming to be several steps behind
    - Too much politics, nothing ever gets done
    - Lacks innovation. High paying roles with little to no accountability promotes a workplace where people clock in and out and don't have the drive to innovate and compete
    - Incredibly inefficient but no one cares because they get paid well and has no pressure to change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start making your leadership team accountable and they might start caring about their jobs and get things done. We've become a sleepy company that's content with mediocrity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Frustrating at times

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Business Manager in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Business Manager in Waltham, MA

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

    Pros

    Passionate people, good products and positioning in marketplace.

    Company's focus on cloud/mobile is exciting for the long term but the pendulum has swung too much towards it and current products are being neglected.

    Stock program is quite good and can make some extra $ from it.

    Cons

    Endless reorgs. People are moved around without regard for their skill set.

    Warning: If you accept a job (other than engineering) be warned that it your job won't be what you are doing 12 months later.

    Very very west coast centric. If you aren't in the SF office - you wont have much opportunity to grow.

    Too much reliance on "data". The amount of time put together creating dashboards, goal posts etc. is insane. Heavy overlap between different teams doing similar functions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management needs to get out of the west coast and mingle with the other teams.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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