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Autodesk Reviews in San Rafael, CA

Updated Mar 3, 2014
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3.3 74 reviews

                             

74% Approve of the CEO

Autodesk President, CEO, and Director Carl Bass

Carl Bass

(34 ratings)

70% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Ehhh...

Program Manager (Former Employee)
San Rafael, CA

I worked at Autodesk full-time for more than 3 years

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

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

Advice to Senior Managementreduce the shuffle/reorgs (1 per year every year without kpi/measurement for change)

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Open your Eyes

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
San Rafael, CA

I have been working at Autodesk full-time for more than 5 years

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

ConsManagement 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 Senior ManagementStop 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

Analyst (Current Employee)
San Rafael, CA

I have been working at Autodesk full-time for more than a year

ProsNice 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.

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

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
San Rafael, CA

I have been working at Autodesk

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

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

Advice to Senior ManagementTake some People Skills courses, so you can speak to employees with respect.

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O.K but not excellent

Financial Analyst (Current Employee)
San Rafael, CA

I have been working at Autodesk

Pros- Flexiable working hrs
- O.K benefit

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

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Loved the challenging work

Senior User Experience Designer (Current Employee)
San Rafael, CA

I have been working at Autodesk

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

ConsInnovation 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Strange place, strange values, strange period.

QA Manager (Former Employee)
San Rafael, CA

I worked at Autodesk

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

ConsAll 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 Senior ManagementChange 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Many opportunities but management lacks focus

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
San Rafael, CA

I worked at Autodesk

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 Senior ManagementThe 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good company to work for

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
San Rafael, CA

I have been working at Autodesk

ProsGood benefits.
Better work/life balance

ConsHard to grow
Unnecessary management layers
Old fashioned management

Advice to Senior ManagementCut down unnecessary management layers.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Too much consensus, not enough accountability

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
San Rafael, CA

I have been working at Autodesk

ProsIt's in Marin County
You can bring your dog
Autodesk has cool products

ConsNo career growth
People seem to worry more about getting consensus than driving results
Too many meetings and CYA
Poor performers don't get managed out

Advice to Senior ManagementEncourage people to take risks and worry less about getting everyone to agree to an approach. Groom people and promote from within.

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