Autodesk Reviews

Updated August 30, 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. Helpful (7)

    Not impressed with leadership

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    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Autodesk (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I was employed for many years. It's a great company to work for...smart, dedicated people and fantastic products.

    Cons

    I find the executive leadership team weak and question how they reward employees. Not impressed with the level of thought leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Hire seasoned marketing executives instead of engineers and sales leaders for the marketing organization.


  2. Software Engineer

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Rafael, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Rafael, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Autodesk (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    work-life balance. interesting projects in the pro design software field.

    Cons

    Less aggressive work environment, if you slack off, you will not be competitive gradually. Some managers does not deserve their pay based on their ability.


  3. Awesome place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, cool environment, cool products, and so much going on that it's great to be a part of. Lots of opportunity to contribute. The flexibility to work remotely is fantastic too.

    Cons

    Too much work seems to be in silos. Duplicated efforts in various parts of the company leads to redundancy of effort and confusion sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    Eliminate silos between teams and encourage more collaboration. More transparency in the decision making and execution processes.


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  5. Cool office, average work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Cool office, cool coworkers, minimal micromanagement

    Cons

    Not very ambitious project design, poor communication between teams

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to what employees are actually doing


  6. Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It was a very creative and collaborative culture. I felt I could go up to anyone and ask a question or for help. It was also nice being treated like a full-time employee instead of "just an intern"

    Cons

    It seems like there's not a lot of collaboration between product teams. There's a lot of overlap between the products, since there are so many, and it seems pointless to continually reinvent the wheel.


  7. Helpful (4)

    Business System Analyst - EIS

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    Former Employee - Business Systems Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Business Systems Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Autodesk full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Autodesk is doing really awesome things and they make sure that the mission and values of the company are front an center regardless of which organization you are a part of. Development of professional skills is incredibly important, especially for those working in EIS. Courses in communication, management, productivity software, and role-specific technologies are available to all employees and managers are given a generous budget for educational expenses.

    Cons

    For a tech company with offices in SF, there is definitely an air of old-school corporate culture. Very few fringe benefits compared to most modern Silicon Valley tech companies. Lots of bureaucracy and top-down reorganizations occurred on a quarterly basis, most on the whim of a single manager higher up. Issues with competency with many of my peers in EIS.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on improving company culture by removing red-tape and flattening the organization. This will attract younger, more competent talent to maintain the open culture and ensure prosperity.


  8. A great learning experience

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    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Autodesk (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Exciting and very creative environment. Freedom to experiment and come up with your own ideas which are appreciated. Excellent feedback and guidance provided from teammates who are a wealth of experience in their area.

    Cons

    I just wish it was more than 10 weeks.


  9. Good culture for a massive organization

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    Former Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Autodesk (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Autodesk was always looking for ways to expose their incredible technology to the interns, inside and outside of their respective departments.

    Cons

    We still felt the obsolete pains of a traditional corporation, from lack of meaningful partnerships to the outdated timesheet services.


  10. Excellent

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    Current Employee - Senior Quality Assurance Analyst in Manchester, NH
    Current Employee - Senior Quality Assurance Analyst in Manchester, NH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Autodesk full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Dynamic forward looking company making software tools for the future. Coworkers are the smartest people I've ever worked with and are passionate about our mission.

    Cons

    Large corporation that grows primarily by acquisition. This and due to making a wide range of products tends to create cultural silos in the company.

    Advice to Management

    Be flexible with teams and vertical groups. Work to reduce silos and increase sharing of tools across the company.


  11. Autodesk Internship

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    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    community, health benefits, intern programming, location, intern olympics

    Cons

    communication across departments, interns spread across different locations



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