Autodesk Reviews

Updated March 6, 2015
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  1. An amazing place for students to learn and develop in the areas they're interested in!

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    Former Intern - Research Intern in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - Research Intern in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Autodesk as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    - Great Intern Infrastructure, various social events really made you feel apart of the team!
    - Hiring manager gave me a list of projects and let ME pick which I preferred to work on, they were also always there to help but let me try my own methods (and helped me recover if they failed...)
    - Amazing learning experience for any student software developer
    - Tons of free swag on your first day!

    Cons

    - pay is slightly lower than other similarly sized companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Keep up the great intern program!
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    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Autodesk is a great place to work

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    Former Employee - Principal User Experience Designer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Principal User Experience Designer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Treat employees well. Very good compensation. Lots of training opportunities. Intelligent co-workers. Fun and inspiring environment. Support telecommuting.

    Cons

    Its a huge organization. The major business units are somewhat siloed. At the mercy of changes in business strategy. Process heavy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline processes for the scrum teams so there is more time on productive work and less on reporting up the chain of command.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3. A very disappointing experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Autodesk

    Pros

    Company works on innovative product ideas and acquires interesting technology. Lots of very smart people and a fun vibe.

    Cons

    - Pick your team wisely.
    - Some very political environments established at the top. The political battles grow tiring and do not foster a team environment.
    - Some teams are well run, some are not. Even though it is rated as a "fantastic place to work", it can also be merciless.
    - Easily the worst work-life balance I've ever had. Little respect for it, especially when having to collaborate with global teams.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pitting senior leaders against each other has a trickle down effect that is hugely damaging.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Autodesk is a great company to work for

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Autodesk

    Pros

    I worked in the Media and Entertainment division, in Montreal.

    Overall, it's a ell managed company with good work life balance, interesting products, good benefits and compensation.

    Cons

    Change is a constant. To work there, you have to get used to changing bosses fairly frequently.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    The company overall is great to work for but not the entertainment division

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I have been working at Autodesk full-time

    Pros

    - very flexible work arrangements
    - amazing customers
    - great technology
    - lots of interesting places to move to in the company if you are driven to get them.

    Cons

    - the entertainment division is rife with politics at the top levels.
    - Many dubious decisions based more on personal agendas then what's best for products or customers
    - the general feeling for many employees in the montreal office is that its a toxic environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Someone outside entertainment really needs to take a closer look at what's going on in that division and not just take the word of that groups directors and VP's. Its not pretty and its getting worse.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Good place to work.

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    Former Contractor - IT Support Specialist
    Former Contractor - 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

  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Beware of middle management

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    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
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    The Miraculous Titanic

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    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
  10. 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
  11. Great employer and great community.

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    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

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