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Autodesk Reviews in Canada

Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 2014
564 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.  

    Good place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Support Specialist
    Former Employee - IT Support Specialist

    I worked at Autodesk as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    great culture, flexible, innovative, amazing pay

    Cons

    Nothing in particular, can be more open to employees

  2.  

    Beware of middle management

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Montreal, QC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Talented and passionate colleagues. Great communication from the CEO on the direction of the company. Benefits are very good, and salaries are good.

    Cons

    Middle management can be suffocating. They work hard to get to that level but don't trust that anyone below can do as good of a job as they did. As a result, managers get caught up in the smallest details which demotivates people. Communication between teams is non existent. It's not a great environment right now, and people are leaving on a regular basis for other opportunties.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to what your employees in the trenches have to say, and give them a place where they can talk in confidence. No one trusts talking to HR for fear of repercussion, so good people leave instead of trying to address some very valid issues.

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

    The Miraculous Titanic

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    There are pockets of innovation and the company is financially well to be able to afford investment in trying new things (like 3D printing/manufacturing and design). Because of the dominance of the products used in the industry, you are able to meet many cool people in the industry and see the projects they work on, which are sometimes setting the benchmark in what they do. Overall very exciting stuff!

    Cons

    Way too much emphasis on MBAs and management type idiots who have no clue about the actual workings of the industry, and the majority have no personal attachment or interest in computers, software or computer graphics (they have not used any of the internally developed products and cannot differentiate theirs from the competition). These people are sapping the life-force of the company, from the people who can actually contribute to the health of it. Sad, but true. Autodesk has an incredible legacy, and honorable roots... once upon a time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove the layer of fat (MBA types) or it's going to end badly.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    If you're looking for pay and benefits...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Autodesk

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Many excellent teams to work in at the company with great, highly motivated, people. AutoCAD is the cash cow that keeps this company going.

    Cons

    Too many product division silos with duplicated efforts. Highly political organization with too much overhead. Some managers have a "software manufacturing" mind-set.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create incentives, financial if necessary and especially for middle and upper managers, to foster collaboration within the company.

    Slow down on acquisitions for a year or two and focus internally to increase collaboration.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great employer and great community.

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

    I worked at Autodesk

    Pros

    Great office culture and good benefits.

    Cons

    Office can be political at times

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Very smart, technical people, passionate about making a positive impact

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Development Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Development Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Work culture is friendly, collaborative & constructive. Comprehensive benefits program in Canada, including vision and dental. Good leadership.

    Cons

    Having teams distributed across the planet is both challenging to work with (good), but exhausting.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Trying to reinvent itself

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Designer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Product Designer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Autodesk full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    CEO has a clear direction in mind and the company is full of smart people doing the work. Company has a huge cash cow in the shape of AutoCAD. The compensation and benefits are quite good.

    Cons

    The company is riven with politics, acquisitions of formerly rival companies often leaves simmering feuds. The various divisions act as information silos with much work duplicated multiple times. The corporate groups that are there to try and bring the teams together are mostly ineffectual.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to weed out the yes men in management, too many non-decisions made. A stronger corporate team and management structure is required to bring the various divisions together.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lack of vision, innovation and growth due to incompetent middle management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

    I have been working at Autodesk as a contractor (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Relatively stable job with good benefits. Lots of bright and intelligent people in the non management roles. Diverse background of people working within the development ranks.

    Cons

    Terrible lack of innovation and long-term vision. Work-life balance would be decent if it wasn't for the layer of incompetent middle management constantly saddling people with poor decisions. The people below middle management are always blamed for the poor decisions and often the ones let go when things go bad instead of the people who made the poor decisions. Failure is almost rewarded with promotions and raises while the people trying to innovate and breathe new life into things are outcast and ignored.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of constantly re-organizing the development staff try culling some of the useless middle management clogging the ranks. Listen to your employees who use and champion your products not the incompetent fools who can barely figure out how to install them let alone launch them and do something with them. Stop letting the good long-time employees go just because you want to save a couple bucks and re-open the position at an entry level salary.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good large company but locked in layers of in-fighting

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Continues to attract/acquire some of the smartest minds in the business. Very interesting people who use the product. Fair benefits, good compensation. Smart financial management (stability -- will continue to make a ton of money). Top levels of management have a vision (although the communication past the middle management level is poor).

    Cons

    Competitive rather than collaborative relationships both between and within divisions, and among senior management. Result?

    A fractured, opportunistic and ultimately confusing presentation of executive strategy to the people who do the work. Re-orgs that disrupt priorities and result in talent gaps. Talent hoarding within groups. Frequent redoing of work "from somewhere else", instead of building on top of, improving. Lip service paid to innovation support, but groups are not allowed to re-adjust tactics and then are penalized heavily for failure. Some of the smartest people have left because of frustration. May be attracting new people with safety and predictability, and not because of interest in the stated future challenges.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    "Command and control" style management is not going to cut it for the problems you have said that you want solved. You are wasting your best resource because of the lack of trust there is throughout the organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Autodesk Response

    Apr 25, 2014Talent Brand and Social Media Manager

    Thanks for your specific and candid response. I'm going to pass this along to HR management. I think there are interesting points here to be shared about talent management and culture.

  11.  

    Poor Recruiter Experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Autodesk

    Pros

    Appears to be a great company to work for.

    Cons

    Recruiter was an idiot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

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