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Autodesk Reviews in Manchester, NH

Updated Feb 18, 2014
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3.0 14 reviews

                             

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Autodesk President, CEO, and Director Carl Bass

Carl Bass

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58% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Lead me to my current career and passion...

    Divisional Support and Coordination (Former Employee)
    Manchester, NH

    Pros-Cultural diversity
    -Consistent and calculated change efforts (a company in motion stays in motion)
    -Supported growth and development
    -Established tech company with years of finding out what works and what doesn't from a target market, employee satisfaction, and performance/productivity perspective.
    -Intensely refined succession planning
    -laid-back environment
    -Good team dynamics
    -Awesome benefits

    ConsMy experience with Autodesk is fairly exclusive as my position and department have since been dissolved and reorganized into successfully managed divisions.

    Major cons:
    -No balance of right and left-brain thinkers (overwhelmingly engineer-minded)
    -Management politics (found in every organization, unfortunately)
    -Still a bit "boys-club" with regard to the composition of the executive leadership and high-level managerial staff.
    -Large organization with residual hierarchy bubbles decreasing alignment along the key stakeholder pipeline... slowing down approvals, change initiatives, buy-in, etc.
    -Too many managers without aligned strategies and goals

    Advice to Senior ManagementI wouldn't ever presume to know enough about a company to solicit advice so broadly however; it is critical in today's market that an organization with as much potential as Autodesk embrace uncomfortable change and dive into a truly authentic reorg that takes almost everything once thought to be right and throws it out the window...harvesting the old to make room for the new.

    Talent management predicated on scientifically-derived and legally defensible tactics, genuine cross-collaboration in a decentralized government type setting, continuous executive coaching and innovative training efforts, and of great importance: company-wide ACCOUNTABILITY.

    All investments into people development and change initiatives CAN have ROI and lasting results if at least two ingredients exist: Program evaluation to highlight whether a program/project was successful or not (as well as HOW successful/unsuccessful) and continuous training efforts to ensure adoption and accountability.

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

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    It's nothing I'd recommend if you cherish your health and sanity.

    Product Support Specialist (Current Employee)
    Manchester, NH

    ProsU.S. 6 week paid sabbatical every 4 years...You'll need it. Great co-workers.

    ConsIncompetent managers thickly layered throughout. Every manager has to give 20% of their direct reports poor ratings on their yearly review so you could play the politics and not work as hard/be as savvy and make way more than a co-worker who gets things done well all year but doesn't kiss up.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of some of the layers of incompetent, ineffective managers below you. It's a funnel of idiocy that has no real function!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great environment for growing existing skills and learning new ones. Very education and collaboration driven.

    Senior Product Manager (Former Employee)
    Manchester, NH

    ProsA large community of highly intelligent individuals. A high level of inter-discipline collaboration. Fertile ground for growing professional relationships and networks.

    ConsAt times the attention span and level of commitment to initiatives by senior management changes rapidly. What was paramount one day is irrelevant the next.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhen making commitments to employees and teams, be clear on your objectives and remain as committed to your teams as they are to you. Take the time to listen to those employees closest to the work. Often some of the most innovative and productive changes come from the rank & file.

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

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    Great company and culture

    Program Manager (Current Employee)
    Manchester, NH

    ProsEveryone is excited to be working at Autodesk

    ConsAlthough they claim to be a global company it's very West Coast centric

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

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    good company overall

    Senior Project Manager (Former Employee)
    Manchester, NH

    Proswork with competent, smart people; good pay; good benefits

    Consthe management changes frequently and is not always competent; they stack rank every year to get rid of a percentage of workers and hire younger for less.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellent company creating amazing software used by many creative individuals and industries

    Senior Software QA Engineer (Current Employee)
    Manchester, NH

    ProsMy colleagues are brilliant and hardworking individuals. There are many different types of projects to work on. Six-week sabbaticals every four years are nice. Autodesk has a bright future for delivering great products to creative individuals around the world.

    ConsNo additional vacation days for longer employment. Teams working on specific initiatives, features, or products are largely local so advancement outside a particular group, generally means relocation.

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

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    Great Place to Work

    Product Support Technician (Former Employee)
    Manchester, NH

    ProsGreat Salary, Great Peers, Office setting, and Bonuses

    ConsStressful and Demanding. You can work hard all day and still be behind.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUnderstand that your employees are under tons of stress and their doing there best.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Interesting products, and talented staff, but mostly incompetent senior management & executive team

    (Current Employee)
    Manchester, NH

    ProsStrong compensation package.
    Generous sabbatical program.

    ConsAutodesk is a highly political organization. Those who get ahead commit tremendous energy internal manipulation and consolidation of personal power - not concerned with customers or their reports. It is a highly competitive environment where there is always a looser. You move up by pushing someone else down. Cooperation and teamwork are mostly foreign concepts in this highly siloed organization.

    Many senior managers, directors, and executives got to where they are because of persistence and ruthless dedication to self aggrandizement inside that like minded leadership group - not because of talent, accomplishments, or support of those that report to them. The result is a large pool of talented individual contributors that are mostly not able or allowed to do their best work.

    In the last 3 years, during the economic crisis, both layoffs and internal austerity measures where extensive, while - during the same period - additional layers of management structure were added. This has resulted in great frustration, low moral, and an employee / management relationship that could be described as confrontational. Many feel betrayed by those at the helm, and are simply biding time until the job market picks up. Departures have risen in the last year, and I expect them to rise dramatically in the coming months and years.

    As mentioned in another review I read, Carl has a narrow focus that seems to randomly shift between groups & projects - often at a very detailed level. The impression is there's no one leading the company as one team. Autodesk feels like a loose confederation of often competing independent companies, all continually jockeying for the lead in an internal power strugle.

    Advice to Senior ManagementValue cooperation over competition.
    Reduce management structure - flatten the organization.
    Create conditions for skilled people to do their jobs as they see fit, rather than exert management control over and intervention in individual projects.
    Stop reacting and take the lead in product innovation.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Was a great place to work. Now, they are interested in the bottom line and their fat bonuses.

    Business Center Representative (Current Employee)
    Manchester, NH

    ProsExcellent benefits, nice working environment, casual atmosphere. The pay is decent, and time off is lenient and flexible. Dogs are allowed in some facilities, although Manchester no longer. (I suspect it is to save on insurance costs...and NOT the landlord's decision, as they claim)

    ConsVery poor senior management. Job openings are posted, but are already filled before posting, and usually by the hiring manager's favorites. Senior management far more interested in their quarterly earnings than making a better product or happier customers. Very little communication from management to the "working stiffs", and people are left wondering what is going on. Decisions are made by people who have no idea of the real world impact of the actions, and no attempt is made to find out that impact from those on the front lines. The Manchester Business Center is being closed, and all the reps being laid off. Their headcount is being moved to Singapore. This is likely a trend that will continue within the company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop trying to save money as your sole direction. Customer service is being sorely neglected in favor of typical big corporate greed. The CEO is a numbers cruncher...and the company is not the great place to work that it used to be, in favor of financial profits. It has gone too far.

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    A great place to work

    Business Tools Analyst (Former Employee)
    Manchester, NH

    ProsGreat atmosphere, great benefits, bring your dogs to work.

    Conscommunication between east and west coast offices.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe business center management needs to be in better touch with the front line.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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