Autodesk Reviews

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Autodesk President, CEO, and Director Carl Bass
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Pros
  • Work/Life flexibility is not be confused with work/life balance (in 85 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Work/Life Balance is not as good as it could be (in 14 reviews)

  • Poor job done by senior management to motivate employee base and create real momentum around business changes (in 22 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (6)

    Great flexibility and work from home options, but very, very hard to get a raise and advance within the company.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Metrics & Reporting Analyst in San Rafael, CA
    Former Employee - Metrics & Reporting Analyst in San Rafael, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Depending on job role and manager, working from home on occasion or set day of week was feasible. Leaving to take kids to doctor appointments and watch school performances was accepted. Missed work hours could be made up at home in the evenings. Small gym on site with great lunch classes available. Autodesk would reimburse for the gym membership. Peets coffee and nice expresso machines available for free. Company matched donations and 4 hours of volunteer time per month on company time permitted.

    Cons

    In the 7 years I worked there I never got more than a 1-4% annual raise. Even when I switched job roles, I was told it had to be a lateral move. My most recent immediate manager told me that in order to get a significant raise, you had to quit Autodesk and come back as a new employee in a new role. Then again, this manager was the most horrendous manager I have ever had.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Poor leadership with limited opportunities; rewards and opportunities are not based on successful project completion

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in San Rafael, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in San Rafael, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Challenging work, with excellent benefits. There are also some really nice and smart people peppered in with all of the politics, and poor leadership. And it's really exciting to observe and experience the results of what the software can achieve, to know that you had something to do with it!

    Cons

    Work/life balance appalling: manager directly said we all "needed to work longer and harder" to adjust for resources that were laid off due to budget constraints (team members were already working 10+ hour days for over a year). Office culture: Sink or swim, there is little to no help or direction. You need to be of the mind set to be willing to just try something and maybe fail, then accept the consequences. Human Resource Dept, Recruiting, and the senior Leadership teams are among the worse I've dealt with in 30+ years. Recruiting - they do not respond, nor do they provide feedback to individuals on whether they've been selected, or passed on - just rude. Management teams, they grows teams and then dismiss resources with apparently little thought of the impact it has on individuals and team members - which can be devastating. It would be far better to shrink/grow with contractors rather than impact FTE's consistently. And HR - non existent! I had a resource visiting from another country hit by a car on the way to work, broke his ribs and had internal bruising. He was delayed going home for over a month due to the injuries. HR did very little to help this young man - provided no direction or help. And when I mentioned to my manager that the young man was having difficulty using his hand, he said "he still has another good hand to use - so he's good". Not funny!

    Advice to Management

    HR needs to get involved and have a voice. They need to set some direction and hold management accountable for their poor and unexplainable behavior and treatment of individuals. There needs to be sensitivity training. People are not machines and should not be treated as such. People need to feel that they matter. And, for the managers who have a known reputation to be abusive, HR needs to speak up, leadership needs to take action - and they need to be removed. "One bad apple can spoil a whole bunch...."


  3. Helpful (1)

    Ehhh...

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

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


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Open your Eyes

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

    I have been working at Autodesk full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits are good
    You interact with many different cultures arouns he world.

    Cons

    Management and them being blind to the truth.
    Managements lack of respect with regards to employees
    Confidential information.
    Managmenet threatening their employees, with statements
    Such as "I will pull the trigger like I did to so n so".
    Management micro management of employees.
    Management's lack of knowledge of what everyone in
    The departments job functions are.
    Telling management the truth about whats happening.
    Human resources as they make you believe they are on
    Side, when they always back the company or manager.

    Advice to Management

    Stop getting rid of people that have all the knowledge
    And getting rid hard workers.
    Even though management doesn't want to hear the truth,
    They should take a hard look at what's going on in their department.


  6. Helpful (3)

    The company tries to do the right thing but is rather dysfunctional.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in San Rafael, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst in San Rafael, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Nice headquarters. Largely cool people but you run across quite a few "it's not my job" type of people even though it is their job for some basic things I needed from them.

    Cons

    There is a severe lack of process there. For every little thing you do, you have to reinvent the wheel every single time. Meetings, meetings and more meetings. This can't totally be avoided because of the geographically dispersed offices, but half the meetings can easily be cut out.

    Advice to Management

    Commit to top-down initiatives to standardize processes and streamline simple things. It will save a lot of time and money.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Autodesk is a Great Place if you play the potical game with Managment

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

    I have been working at Autodesk

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great Benefits n good people in various areas of the company, just not managment.

    Cons

    Managment's lack of knowledge of their employee job duties. Doesnt handle conflict directly and shoves it under the carpet.

    Advice to Management

    Take some People Skills courses, so you can speak to employees with respect.


  8. Helpful (1)

    O.K but not excellent

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in San Rafael, CA
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in San Rafael, CA

    I have been working at Autodesk

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Flexiable working hrs
    - O.K benefit

    Cons

    - lack of growth opportunity
    - awful mid-level managers
    - organization without changes and challenge


  9. Helpful (1)

    Loved the challenging work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior User Experience Designer in San Rafael, CA
    Current Employee - Senior User Experience Designer in San Rafael, CA

    I have been working at Autodesk

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work is consistently challenging. The company itself is great about supporting work/home life balance. The benefits are fantastic as well.

    Cons

    Innovation is not well-supported. Employees are not compensated for significant achievements outside of their daily work. The company is pretty old and spread across many locations, making collaboration and inspiration tough to come by.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Strange place, strange values, strange period.

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

    I worked at Autodesk

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    flexible work hours
    nice people in general
    interesting, not cool, but interesting products
    Decent cafeteria food
    Bring your dog to work allowed

    Cons

    All I tell my friends and colleagues is stay away from the pit that is the IT department. It's a poisoned atmosphere, not a fun place to work, and are rather unforgiving of the slightest mistakes. PIP's and firings occur regularly. Fascinating how ANYONE makes it there for 5 years.

    Managers are not really good managers or mentors, and watch your back with the employees, they are after you too!

    I was told you have to move around a lot to stay alive there. Glad I didn't stay to find out.

    Advice to Management

    Change the place to a more humane place to work. Allow for learning moments, and get rid of the budget police. why does a manager spend 1/3rd of their time managing a budget at all. Strange place.


  11. Many opportunities but management lacks focus

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

    I worked at Autodesk

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    * Good friendly culture
    * Great location
    * Good products, solid position in marketplace

    Cons

    * Leadership doesn't have the focus needed
    * Takes forever to get things done, too much consensus

    Advice to Management

    The executive staff needs to lead more aggresively - there are many opportunities to improve focus and make some tough decisions to move this company forward, but the exec staff is too afraid or unable to make the tough changes needed.



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