Autodesk Reviews

Updated February 16, 2015
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  1. Good company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Autodesk full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very good work balance. Interesting and fancy products, and many talent peoples.

    Cons

    office political.
    slowly career promotion
    layoff people with old skill-set

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Great company but avoid IT dept if you are a Bharatiya

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Autodesk

    Pros

    Autodesk is doing well on innovative front and has a great benefits package! Office facilities are good and general environment is friendly.

    Cons

    There is a significant hidden bias against Bharatiya people in IT. 33% of the full-timers in IT (a.k.a EIS) are from Bharat. Full-timers are treated very poorly for management opportunities, promotions, general rewards, bonus and stock grants. There is not even one Bharatiya in top IT management and only one in next layer out of fifteen people. Overall, IT department is under-performing in Autodesk as it is significantly led by non-technical leaders (some are openly referred to as B***t kings internally). This is leading to much fewer opportunities for growth which are also not being given on merit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Constant Change

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Autodesk

    Pros

    Company work environment was very flexible. Loved most employees woeked in cubilcles and few offices

    Cons

    Change was so constent that it was hard to move forward.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have good people who work there, so try to keep them. Laying off people and then hiring new ones does not create continuity.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    salary is not competitive.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Autodesk

    Pros

    Good technology in Graphics industry.

    Cons

    Just follow the orders, creativity is not fully encouraged.

  6. 2 people found this helpful

    A lot of good engineers, fairly competent middle management, however the company is addicted to restructuring itself

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance is excellent, very flexible office culture - people are allowed to work from home when needed, during my tenure there I've not experienced undue pressure and crunch time (other than self-inflicted). Benefits are on par with industry standards

    Cons

    The company is lagging behind in technology and development methods, there is a lot of inertia in switching to shorter development cycles and applying feedback loops. Due to unusual long tenure for some senior managers and executives they are sometimes seem disconnected from the reality outside of the company and ignore obvious industry trends

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reality check is needed

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

    Great Vibe, Complex Infrastructure

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Autodesk full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Wonderful people, creative and fulfilling work, some nice workplace perks and beautiful offices.

    Cons

    About half of the employees are contingent workers, which means that they're not eligible for health insurance or most employee perks. Be prepared to be treated like a second class citizen if you're in this category.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please consider how valuable contingent workers are to your overall functionality--develop an infrastructure to support, evaluate and promote contingent workers. Or, at the very least, provide them with health benefits that meet the Affordable Care Act minimum requirements. Healthy workers are effective, sustainable workers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Autodesk Response

    Dec 8, 2014Talent Brand and Social Media Manager

    Great feedback and thank you for your comments. I've passed these along to HR.

  8. 2 people found this helpful

    Re-org central

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, smart people, warm company culture, pet friendly offices

    Cons

    Lots of silo'ed organizations filled with individuals resistant to change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Challenge the status quo

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful

    Not sure if Documentation is their THING

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    Current Contractor - Technical Writer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Contractor - Technical Writer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Autodesk as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    The facility is Beautiful and the atmosphere is Professional. There are a lot of Talented people. There are wonderful and attractive products and a will to improve.

    Cons

    The roadmap for the Group I'm in is garbled, and there is no clear direction from my managers, deadlines slip all the time because of this, plus availability and feedback from them is totally absent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Team members sitting in endless meetings is not helping productivity. Someone has to actually DO the work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Stable, but room for improvement

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Autodesk full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    C-staff are inspiring and motivating
    Work from home on Fridays
    Game room but not easily accessible
    Variety of interesting products
    Overarching business strategy towards cloud and subscription is encouraging
    Always something to do

    Cons

    Middle management struggles to lead, inspire and not as tech-savvy as they should be.
    Conservative about trying new technology
    Little encouragement to innovate
    Very matrix-ed and organizationally spread out making it difficult to complete a project in timely fashion
    Heavy emphasis on meetings
    Work/ life balance difficult to maintain
    Political - focused on the how something gets done vs. what gets accomplished

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build a stronger culture with small perks (starting with occasional free food) and encourage team building. Give more authority to employees encouraging them to take risks and try new things.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Good company to get experience in CAD

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    Former Contractor - Quality Analyst in San Rafael, CA
    Former Contractor - Quality Analyst in San Rafael, CA

    I worked at Autodesk as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    It is a nice place to work, as long as you are working on the autodesk subscription team. Its in the beautiful north bay so no complains about location.

    Cons

    Visibility is low due to the size of company. Salary and compensations could be better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote better communication between the business analysts and the technical folks

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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