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Updated Jul 28, 2014
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3.5 486 reviews

73% Approve of the CEO

Autodesk President, CEO, and Director Carl Bass

Carl Bass

(288 ratings)

73% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance is great with remuneration offered being very competitive(in 70 reviews)

  • Relatively stable job with good benefits(in 44 reviews)


Cons
  • I would say that work/life balance suffers a bit at Autodesk(in 12 reviews)

  • Middle management can range from exceptional to inept(in 22 reviews)

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    2 people found this helpful  

    Well positioned and strong company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsEveryone is treated with respect and dignity, and you are encouraged to speak up and share your opinion.

    ConsLike in any organization Autodesk is no exception when it comes to politics

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

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    A wonderful place to work!

    Senior Manager (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsAutodesk's culture and its people are the best attributes of the company. I spent a long time there, and I had a wonderful run. The benefits are good, and comp plans are competitive. The work is exciting and engaging - especially when you consider how many ways the company's products touch our world. Brilliant technology, great people, good pay and benefits... you can't ask for a lot more if you want to work for a tech company - in the Bay Area or just about anyplace else on the planet!

    ConsMiddle management can range from exceptional to inept. Some organizations can be insanely political - in my tenure, I saw this as leader-specific and not an Autodesk corporate standard. That being said, if you get caught in one of these vortices - get out asap. There are thousands of great jobs in the company, and just as many opportunities for success if you're diligent and smart.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease don't forget how Autodesk became a $2.5B USD company... people, products and customers. Yes, there are many opportunities on the horizon for the "New Autodesk" - but forcing that transition will not benefit the organization in the long run.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

    Autodesk Talent Brand and Social Media Manager responded to this review

    Jul 24, 2014

    Thank you for the thoughtful review!
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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood compensation. flexible work hours

    ConsPolitics among teams may reduce productivity

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    Great Culture, Awesome Products, Solid Leadership

    Marketing Intern (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsTalented team of employees who believe in the company, great office space/location, awesome products you can be proud of, relentless innovators.

    ConsPerks are not at par with other tech companies in the area.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing what you are doing.

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

    Autodesk Talent Brand and Social Media Manager responded to this review

    Jul 24, 2014

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    Product Management

    Product Manager (Former Employee) Portland, OR

    ProsInternational Travel, Smart people, professional work environment

    ConsToo many changes, HR has room for improvement

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

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    Nice company to work for

    Creative Director (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsOne month sabbatical after a 4 year tenure. Great location at One Market. Opportunity to travel to sales locations. Lots a great training. Also a budget for continuing educational training. Not a lot of turnover. Really great VP level management

    ConsI cant find any cons

    Advice to Senior Managementreally like the leadership there.

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

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    Great learning experience, but growth plateaus

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsFriendly people, reasonable work hours. They have goals to improve their products and find a way that let's their consumers more easily obtain and use them. Taking initiative is typically encouraged.

    ConsPoor company wide communication. Lack of transparency from management. Too much focus on process and bureaucracy while most times the process is ill defined. Poor talent acquisition.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommunication should be more direct and shouldn't have to flow to multiple channels to get to the right audience. Many times it feels like there are too many chefs in the kitchen which translates to unnecessary micromanagement and ultimately less productivity.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Politics and weak leadership.

    Sales (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat people everywhere and the products are amazing. Benefits like sabbatical are unheard of in many large organizations. Leaders in AEC which opens the door to executives. Cloud vision promising but will take time. Carl Bass is a CEO tech geek who really appreciates and values our cool technology. Stock soaring and a great ride for those of us in the ESPP plan another great benefit of working here.

    ConsGood old boys network in senior leadership that is old school. Example we are micromanaged to a set of weekly activity and call metrics more appropriate for point products versus selling true value based solution selling. Chaotic and stressful environment full of immature managers who have advanced due to relationships and who spend time bad mouthing each other across divisions. Looks bad to those of us in the ranks. One word sums it up "politics"

    Advice to Senior ManagementGreat people are leaving because of office politics. Pay attention.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Behind the curve

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood people to work with. Good benefits

    ConsExecutive management appear to be mis-aligned, very difficult to get projects approved or financed, constant change is more like constant swirl.

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    Great company, EXCEPT FINANCE (FP&A)

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsCompany wide:
    -work/life balance
    -competitive pay
    -intelligent people
    -exciting space and business model transition

    ConsMostly FP&A, but not limited to it...
    -inexperienced management (many are green)
    -incompetence (many without finance background and poor systems knowledge)
    -environment not conducive to growth
    -very high turnover
    -condescending attitude
    -too many useless finance directors

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn to work with employees, instead of degrading them and expecting them to follow suit. There is a cycle of toxicity passed down from finance directors and no company should have that. It's obvious that the FP&A director drove the CFO out.

    Autodesk has a great foundation and has the vision. It's just a matter of improving certain pockets that have poor management.

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

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