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Updated December 14, 2014
Updated December 14, 2014
562 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.  

    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.

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    Great Vibe, Complex Infrastructure

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

    I have been working at Autodesk full-time (less than an 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.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Re-org central

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    • 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, 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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Autodesk FP&A

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not sure if Documentation is their THING

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Writer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Writer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Autodesk as a contractor (less than an 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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company to get experience in CAD

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    • 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
  9.  

    Stable, but room for improvement

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Partner Support

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    • 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

    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
  11.  

    Great place to work, but not a best in class software development company

    • 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

    ● 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

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