Autodesk
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Updated Apr 14, 2014
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3.5 427 reviews

                             

72% Approve of the CEO

Autodesk President, CEO, and Director Carl Bass

Carl Bass

(248 ratings)

73% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "No discrimination, great work life balance as well as compensation and benefits"
    in 59 reviews
  • "work with competent, smart people; good pay; good benefits"
    in 39 reviews
Cons:
  • "Low leadership skills in senior management (VP and up)"
    in 18 reviews
  • "In some areas there is work life balance, but it all depends on who you work for"
    in 9 reviews
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Product Manager (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Autodesk full-time

ProsGreat products, great customers, fantastic reach into the design, engineering, and media communities.

ConsReorgs, reorgs, reorgs. Pidgeon-holed job descriptions that split authority without clearly defining authority. Lack of trust of junior and mid-level managers. Long legal processes. Lack of budget authority. Extreme matrixing.

Advice to Senior ManagementStop micromanaging, provide a career path for employees, and trust your very smart people.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Lots of opportunity but very volatile

Project Manager (Current Employee)
San Rafael, CA

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

ProsStable company
Good products
Good benefits
Opportunity to try new things, encouragement to obtain training

ConsLots of reorganizations disrupt teams and projects
Very political

Advice to Senior ManagementMake management training mandatory for new managers and for managers who earn low employee engagement scores.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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A fulfilling experience, lots of opportunities to perform and learn!

Business Analyst (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Autodesk as an intern for less than a year

ProsGood culture, lots of learning opportunities, clearly define the roles and responsibilities upfront. Interview process was rather quick.

ConsNo office transportation available, but great facilities otherwise

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great Experience in autodesk

Intern (Former Employee)
Boston, MA

I worked at Autodesk as an intern for less than a year

ProsAll colleagues are very friendly. They help me a lot and I gain useful skills and experience. Also, the culture and environment there is wonderful.

ConsI do not think there are some cons for Autodesk. Other interns also feel happy to work for Autodesk and learnt a lot.

Advice to Senior ManagementThe management is relatively flexible and for interns, we are not pushed hard. Managers and mentors always encouraged me to try my best. So I have no specific advice.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Smart people, creative customers, exciting future.

Director of Marketing (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

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

ProsSmart people
Casual and approachable environment
High standards for innovation
Great benefits

ConsPolitical as most big firms are
Tough to navigate silo'd teams
Often too consensus driven

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep setting the high bar, and don't let inefficiencies continue.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Autodesk full-time for less than a year

ProsGood people at work here. Culture is good and is a comfortable place to work for the most part. The innovative ideas and products are the bleeding edge in several areas. Continuous learning opportunities are available and software at a discount is great.

ConsHaving managers on the other side of the country is difficult at best sometimes. Multiple locations can also be a challenge.

Advice to Senior ManagementCommunication is always to key to better performance

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Ineffective Process and Management

Senior Principal Engineer (Current Employee)
Boulder, CO

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

ProsGreat compensation, benefits and incentives.

ConsTerrible management, too much bureaucracy, no engineering process.

Advice to Senior ManagementStart listening to the employees, put some good engineering practices in place (code reviews, continuous build system, unit testing, etc.). Stop protecting bad managers.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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I expected a more mature company walking in. The company focuses technology instead of producing products

Senior User Experience Designer (Current Employee)

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

ProsGreat pay
Flex Time
Every 4 years you get a 6 week paid sabbatical

ConsHeavily weighted workforce toward tenured employees.
Little, if any onboard training
Scatterbrained management
Project management is non-existant

Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on your processes. Communicate your rational and justification for decisions.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good place to work - depending .....

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
San Rafael, CA

I have been working at Autodesk full-time for more than 10 years

ProsGood Benefits, Passionate Staff, Great Products

ConsSenior management is making progress but still work to do to ensure a consistent direction and collaboration across groups.
High level and long term goals present a great vision - rolling them down and shorter term planning inconsistent.
Work environment really depends which team/department you work in - some middle managers really micro manage, some not engaged enough.
Still has reputation of being a difficult company in which to move up and grow - easier to come in at a higher levels of management from outside than promotion from within.

Advice to Senior ManagementSpend more time talking to your people in the trenches...

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Product Manager (Former Employee)
Santa Barbara, CA

I worked at Autodesk as a contractor for more than a year

ProsGood support system, great events, expansive product line.

ConsLots of duplicated work and tasks because this company is so big. Product updates are slow and client satisfaction is low due to their business model of acquiring products rather than developing them internally from inception.

Advice to Senior ManagementRevamp the licensing cost structure. Create more and acquire less.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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