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Autodesk Reviews

Updated October 24, 2014
Updated October 24, 2014
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Pros
  • Work life balance is great with remuneration offered being very competitive (in 84 reviews)

  • Good benefits and very flexible (many work from home) (in 48 reviews)


Cons
  • I would say that work/life balance suffers a bit at Autodesk (in 13 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  

    Autodesk FP&A

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Autodesk full-time

    Pros

    - Flex time / Work from home
    - High compensation
    - Stock
    - Sabbaticals

    Cons

    - Many incompetent Directors who are not qualified for their roles, and thus are incapable of managing from above and flushing out true under performers. Heck, there are even a couple of Directors who have cozied their ways into job security by having "relationships" with high level executives. Sure, why not.
    - Providing 'business value" to FP&A oftentimes translates to how can I get my business partners to like me?
    - Promotions are based on how brown you can get your nose to be and are not based on merit or achievements.
    - There are a select few individuals who carry the organization, the rest just hop on the bus for a well compensated ride.
    - Very top heavy Finance organization of individuals who have been around for a long time because of the laid back culture. Who doesn't want to get well compensated for not doing much of anything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a microscopic view of your Finance organization, their compensation, and the actual value that they provide to the company and the business, you will be amazed and horrified at the same time.

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

    Good company to get experience in CAD

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Analyst in San Rafael, CA
    Former Employee - Quality Analyst in San Rafael, CA

    I worked at Autodesk as a contractor (less than an 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
  3.  

    Partner Support

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Excellent unparalleled benefits. 6 weeks paid vacation after 4 years of employment. Very nice. Health benefits are fantastic with affordable premiums and copays. Mine had $50 for emergency room! Hospital was amazed!

    Cons

    Autodesk does not have a promote from within culture. It's all about politics and strange networking that really doesn't work unless someone has decided that you are on some track for growth. Never got on that track. I did everything I could to excel and grow with the company. But, after several years had to move on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire from within, offer training to employees with transferable skill (ie sales training for support staff, or marketing path for employees who want to try something new etc). Tie in mentor program with actual job opportunity. Once you meet certain requirements, you can apply for an open job etc. Post jobs internally for 2 weeks before going outside.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great place to work, but not a best in class software development company

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Autodesk full-time

    Pros

    ● The company is filled with smart, enthusiastic people who are really passionate about the products and want to give their best to the customers.
    ● Our customers create interesting, fun things with our products.
    ● Benefits such as 6 week sabbatical every 4 years.

    Cons

    If your are looking for a best in class software development company with an engineering career path, this is not the company for you. I agree with reviews that the Autodesk mission is to commercialize technology. Employees in the software engineering domains are the blue-collar workers of the company who are expected to work long hours to accommodate 24/7 global product development. There are next to zero executives in the engineering disciplines. The executive levels are on the business side. Even HR has more executives than the teams that build the fabulous Autodesk products.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To attract the best in class engineers to build our products, we need a software development culture that is hip, fun and competitive with all the other great technology companies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Could be a nice place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Rafael, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Rafael, CA

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

    Pros

    good pay; casual atmosphere; flexibility of work (i.e. office vs. home) for some jobs

    Cons

    Mature, sedate, all growth and innovation comes from acquisitions;

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good employee company, lots of politics

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Autodesk full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits and very flexible (many work from home). Compensation is competitive. Steady place to work for an extended time - many employees have been there 5- 10 years.

    Cons

    More big company politics than you would expect for a company of this size. Highly relationship based structure and indirect communication culture. Training and advancement is driven by the individual with less upper management assistance than I've had in the past.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Very smart people, but an overwhelming amount of politics that often conflicts with doing right for the customer.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in San Rafael, CA
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in San Rafael, CA

    I have been working at Autodesk full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Relatively fluid environment, routinely work at home or at 1 of 2 offices. Opportunity to exchange with very bright co-workers.

    Cons

    Poor level of motivation due to an atmosphere of profound politics. The customer was often an afterthought to the goal for the quarter. Far, far too many layers of management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce 1 - 2 layers of management, and work from the customer in.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good company to work. You will find talented team so enjoy your work if you are workaholic. unlimited sick leave.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in India, TX
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in India, TX

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

    Pros

    Good Policy, Work life balance is great. there would be deadline with short release cycle but not to worry.
    Work is pretty simple as you will always find some patterns in other solution available.

    Cons

    there are small team so career growth is slow in ladder. sudden changes in name of re-org doesn't justify. few office are small so don't have facility like other similar big companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    you people are doing good and their decisions always hit market.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 8 people found this helpful  

    Good firm, beware the Autodesk Antibodies of Change

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great salary, great benefits, great stock options. If you're looking for a company to "dock into" and "work to live" (versus "live to work"), then Autodesk a GREAT company. It has a killer recipe for generating revenue, and protects that recipe at all costs. So the company is healthy, and the benefits are great.

    The customers LOVE the product. And the people that you work with, for the most part, are pretty great.

    For what it is (a technology commercialization firm), it does it very well.

    Cons

    In order to really thrive at Autodesk, you have to understand that Autodesk is NOT a technology development company. it's a technology commercialization company. The only real innovation that happens is around acquisition (of other technology) and (re)packaging of existing technology.

    And they definitely are not big fans of change. From the smallest internal change to the bigger, more systemic changes - the Autodesk Antibodies of Change (which are everywhere) will choke out any attempts at change in the company. It's not done overtly, but rather in a very silent, passive-aggressive manner. Which is pretty much the dominating cultural trait in the mid-senior levels of the company.

    The fear of disrupting the revenue flow permeates the management layer. They actually teach a leadership course where the primary objective is to teach the new leaders how the revenue flow works, with a half day spent on showing how many things can negatively impact or harm it. It drives every management decision and forces an incredibly conservative approach to nearly every aspect of running the business.

    So if you're looking for a company where you can step in and make great things happen...keep looking. Autodesk is not the place for you. Most folks who come in with new ideas or an agenda (wanting to grow, develop, advance), are often weeded out within 18-24 months. Risk-takers do not fare well here. The company thrives off of homeostasis, process and systems, and attempting to make any sort of novel impact is ...in a word...exhausting.

    Most of the 'deskers (employees) are with the company for 10+ years. They are heavily invested in keeping things (all things) the same.

    So change doesn't happen quickly - unless it's a re-org.

    Which happens about every year.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mixed review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in San Rafael, CA
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in San Rafael, CA

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

    Pros

    Smart people.
    Opportunity to take classes to improve skills.
    Great benefits.
    Good work/life balance

    Cons

    No development - every man/woman on own
    No loyalty. Cold when evaluating headcount (have had multiple re-org's in my tenure: less than 3 years).
    Have been requested to resign - when position was handed to another (due to personal conflict)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have development programs in place for ALL positions
    If there is a personal conflict - do ALL you can to find another position within the dept

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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