Autodesk Reviews

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Autodesk President, CEO, and Director Carl Bass
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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. Amazing company to work for

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Rafael, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Rafael, CA

    I worked at Autodesk full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Competitive benefits, great colleagues, challenging environment.

    Cons

    office politics, but likely no more than elsewhere

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 5 people found this helpful

    I like it.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The benefits are awesome at Autodesk. Sabbaticals, healthcare, wellness benefits, auto insurance, etc, all very excellent.
    Work-life balance is pretty good for most people. Some people have jobs that require a lot from them though, so ask the tough questions at your interview.

    Cons

    Salary isn't as great as people are somehow lead to believe.
    If you get hired at a lower end of the salary range fro your grade level, good luck getting caught up to a higher end of the range.
    You can't skip more than a grade level at a time and must be stepped through, even if you're qualified for a skip.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Summer Internship @ Autodesk

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    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    nice payment, good company culture, good weather in San Francisco

    Cons

    the team is too big, and there's no technical mentor located at San Francisco headquarter office. it takes time to communicate and get suggestion/support from other senior engineers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Very good summer - Intern

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    Former Employee - Intern in San Rafael, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in San Rafael, CA

    I worked at Autodesk

    Pros

    I had a very positive experience as an intern here. A lot of great work opportunities and a lot of insight into the vision of Autodesk.

    Cons

    Program was very structured, which could turn into a con, but it could also be a pro!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up, I had a lot of fun and learned a lot which is exactly what you desire as a summer intern.

    Recommends
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    Approves of CEO
  6. Great company to work for

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    Current Employee - Senior Developer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Developer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Autodesk

    Pros

    Very passionate about the direction of industry

    Cons

    large organization so usual office dynamics. your growth depends on who you report to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hard to advice. The management is on the ball most of the time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Old dog, new tricks

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    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Autodesk has been around for many years, but continues to allow itself to embrace disruption and find new ways to create new markets and continue growing old ones. They pay fairly and have a pretty robust compensation package. Time off is handled in a mature way with latitude for managers and reports to maintain life/work balance and focus on the results instead of "butts in seats." That being said, the teams are distributed, so meetings with global locations can run early and late. Welcome to the 21st century.

    Cons

    Being 30+ years old, there are many entrenched ways of approaching problems, and while there are promising Agile and Lean initiatives, there are still plenty remnants from an older, waterfall methodology. They verbally encourage initiative and managing up, but when push comes to shove there can be serious top-down, dictatorial management that can create unnecessary churn.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You hire very smart people, provide ample opportunity for training and advancement, but there is too much "inside baseball" that prevents getting the most coordination from the entire organization - because there seems to be a gap between executive vision (right on, very compelling) and individual contributor roles. If there's too much room for interpretation of goals and initiatives that can lead to turf wars and conflict where there could be a united cause.

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    Positive Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Great place to be an employee

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    Current Employee - Product Manager
    Current Employee - Product Manager

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and work life balance. Very smart people working in interesting problem areas.

    Cons

    Politics negatively impact the ability to innovate and provide value to customers. Information from industry experts are frequently discounted by upper management. Very talented people are leaving the company due to issues with upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on Managers that positively lead teams and weed out ones focused on territorialism.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    financial analyst

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    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Autodesk full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Work life balance is great. Managers keep their door open and arrange lots of info sessions to the interns. Lots of smart people around from whom you can learn a lot. Work from home is available and compensation is competitive in the industry.

    Cons

    Big company. Could be some miscommunication between the management team. Not so many opportunity to get promote.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more opportunity to employee to make an impact

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. great culture and work/life balance, older school tech company

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Rafael, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Rafael, CA

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

    Pros

    really great people and culture, a very welcoming environment
    strong commitment to work/life balance
    good compensation
    beautiful offices

    Cons

    challenges of a big company, internal systems are not great
    employee ages strongly skew to late 30s - mid-40s, with kids. not necessarily a con but worth noting (and this does have a Pro in the form of work/life balance as shown above)
    travel to HQ in San Rafael, again this may not be a con depending on where you're based

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    A great collaborative work environment where your coworkers become your friends.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Autodesk full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Autodesk promotes a great culture of teamwork and collaboration to achieve success. Autodesk is also a cool company in that it's software products are used by our customers to imagine, design and build a better world.

    Cons

    Due to the efforts of consensus building, it take time to come to decisions. The are at times handwringing and posturing where decisions involve certain business risks resulting in unnecessary upward delegation of decision making. This is mainly observed at the lower and mid level management positions. Nevertheless, the deliberative process works well to obtain buy in from all stake holders.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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