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Autodesk Reviews

Updated December 21, 2014
Updated December 21, 2014
564 Reviews
3.9
564 Reviews
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Autodesk President, CEO, and Director Carl Bass
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Review Highlights

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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great work/life balance and lots of innovation!

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

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

    Pros

    -Great people who are very collaborative
    -Office space in SF is amazing and the perk of being able to use the workshop at Pier 9 is a major plus!
    -The emphasis on maintaining a good work/life balance is really nice
    -The company is doing so many innovate things which makes Autodesk a really exciting place to work!

    Cons

    -Sometimes things move a bit slower than I would like
    -Would like better company-wide events

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create greater opportunities for people invest time into projects that aren't directly related to their work, but would benefit Autodesk as a whole.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Senior Systems Engineer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Autodesk

    Pros

    Modern and Friendly environment. Nice workplace

    Cons

    I can not find any Cons at this moment

  3.  

    Great company, a lot of respect and empowerment.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Junior Business Systems Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Junior Business Systems Analyst in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Autodesk as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great culture as a whole. Really tries to make employees learn as much as possible.
    Team members are encouraging
    Pay is Ok

    Cons

    Although many talented individuals work for the company, hiring decisions is 50% contribution and 50% networking
    Somewhat hiearchichal
    clear distinctions between contractors and full time employee recgonitions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to people who are working hard as contractors

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Great Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Autodesk

    Pros

    It is a great company with great medical benefits. Also, the six week sabbatical every four years is awesome. The location pretty awesome as well. Work-life balance is solid.

    Cons

    I think the processes within the company are not that great. People tend to do what they want without sticking to policies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    salary is not competitive.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Autodesk

    Pros

    Good technology in Graphics industry.

    Cons

    Just follow the orders, creativity is not fully encouraged.

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    A lot of good engineers, fairly competent middle management, however the company is addicted to restructuring itself

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance is excellent, very flexible office culture - people are allowed to work from home when needed, during my tenure there I've not experienced undue pressure and crunch time (other than self-inflicted). Benefits are on par with industry standards

    Cons

    The company is lagging behind in technology and development methods, there is a lot of inertia in switching to shorter development cycles and applying feedback loops. Due to unusual long tenure for some senior managers and executives they are sometimes seem disconnected from the reality outside of the company and ignore obvious industry trends

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reality check is needed

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Vibe, Complex Infrastructure

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Wonderful people, creative and fulfilling work, some nice workplace perks and beautiful offices.

    Cons

    About half of the employees are contingent workers, which means that they're not eligible for health insurance or most employee perks. Be prepared to be treated like a second class citizen if you're in this category.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please consider how valuable contingent workers are to your overall functionality--develop an infrastructure to support, evaluate and promote contingent workers. Or, at the very least, provide them with health benefits that meet the Affordable Care Act minimum requirements. Healthy workers are effective, sustainable workers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Autodesk Response

    Dec 8, 2014Talent Brand and Social Media Manager

    Great feedback and thank you for your comments. I've passed these along to HR.

  9.  

    Great company but beware shifty politicians within the organization.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in San Rafael, CA
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in San Rafael, CA

    I worked at Autodesk full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It's a great place to work for women, especially for a technology company. They do hire a lot of graduates from universities, but there are also opportunities for mid-career applicants. In the corporate office there is a kitchen, gym and dry cleaners. You can bring your dog to work. Compensation is higher than average. You receive a lengthy paid sabbatical after 5 years. The company closes from Christmas to New Years with pay.

    Cons

    As with most organizations, you are at the mercy of your direct supervisor. If you are unlucky enough to work for someone who advances themselves with political wrangling at the detriment of the employees that report to them, there isn't much transparency to save you from the manipulations and damage to your career path.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There should a feedback process in place to fetter out toxic employees, other than the once a year 360 review.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    A Secure Tech Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Autodesk

    Pros

    It's clear that the company has worked hard to make sure that employees are paid a fair wage - I haven't heard people discussing salaries, except to repeat the mantra that "geek is a four letter word for a six-figure salary."

    Autodesk takes very good care of employees !The benefits package is more than generous and employees really don't have much to worry about. The new Foundation helps employees help others, which is fantastic.

    Cons

    With global companies come global hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage that work-life balance. Step away from desks and screens.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    The usual pros/cons of a bigger company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Autodesk full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Competitive salaries, training programs, benefits (sabbaticals, on-site gym, dogs at the office if you work in San Rafael and you're into that), etc. Also a fair amount of telecommuting / work from home options depending on the group you're in. Lots of very smart people. Great place to learn how a channel-driven business model works.

    Cons

    Hard to move up......as often happens at larger companies, the only way to get ahead is to leave - very difficult to get promoted from within. Also typical of larger companies is that decisions take a long time to get made and not always clear how/who is making the decision.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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