Autodesk Reviews

Updated July 22, 2015
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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. HR

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Autodesk as a contractor

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Young, creative environment, good benefits

    Cons

    limited career progression in HR

    Advice to Management

    Good communication but always room for improvement


  2. Good Big Company

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Autodesk

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly work environment, respectful managers, decent salary and benefits No. 1 in CAD, animation industry

    Cons

    Too big that you may feel yourself are not so important.


  3. Great company

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Autodesk

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    wicked parties. Travelling to various conferences was a great time. Rewarding work and felt valued by all levels of staff.

    Cons

    it is difficult to think of many cons. Perhaps the downtown location is offputting for some but with all the transportation options it's easier than driving on the highway to mississuaga or something.

    Advice to Management

    keep doing what you are doing. Invite staff to headquarters more often so we can all enjoy californian living!


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  5. Media and Entertainment Division is Not Progressive

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Autodesk full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    -amazing benefits -lots of great colleagues -beautiful working space

    Cons

    -You either have to tow the line or buddy up with the right people. -creative and innovative thinking in reality is not encouraged. -not adaptable to changing times / ideas are stale and software too old to make significant changes. -chauvinist culture in certain groups in Montreal.

    Advice to Management

    You need some fresh, innovative, and diverse people to run the media and entertainment division.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Senior Software Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Software Engineer in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Research Software Engineer in Montreal, QC (Canada)

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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - much focused on the needs related to the role.

    Cons

    - tried to corner me for much too long on very technical questions - not attentive at all to what I did in my past experiences, and what it could bring for the role - not attentive to current burning research questions and accomplishments, that could led them to change their solutions

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to candidates background!


  7. Intern

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

    I have been working at Autodesk (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Awesome environment, great support, based on trust and responsibility.

    Cons

    Not much bad about this place, i love it.


  8. Helpful (1)

    An amazing place for students to learn and develop in the areas they're interested in!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    - Keep up the great intern program! -


  9. Helpful (1)

    Autodesk is a great place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

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


  10. Helpful (1)

    A very disappointing experience

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Autodesk

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

    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 Management

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


  11. Helpful (1)

    Autodesk is a great company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Autodesk

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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.



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