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Updated January 30, 2015
Updated January 30, 2015
582 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.  

    Internship

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Autodesk

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Nice environment
    lots of interactions and company lunches

    Cons

    dependent on a lot of people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very good company to work for

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    Former Employee - Technical Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Consultant in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Autodesk

    Pros

    Very intelligent upper management that is aggressively in tune with market conditions and how it impacts the company. It has some very pro employee benefits and policies

    Cons

    Its a large company and you can very easily become a nobody. That is demotivating for most people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Company was great, would highly recommend!

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    Former Employee - IT Support Specialist in San Rafael, CA
    Former Employee - IT Support Specialist in San Rafael, CA

    I worked at Autodesk as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great experience, everyone was supportive and encouraged me to learn what I didn't know. If I had input, despite being a new member, I was always heard and sometimes encouraged to provide new input that may not have been noticed before. It was a very collaborative environment. Great company to get your foot in the door.

    Cons

    Everyone is pretty much a contractor and therefore barrier of entry into the company become both a pro and a con. Easier for exposure, but difficult for full time career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would advise management to invest more in their employees by deciding quicker who deserves full time and who should get cut loose.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    You Say Golden Handcuff Like It's a Bad Thing

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Oswego, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Oswego, OR

    I have been working at Autodesk full-time

    Pros

    If you work for Autodesk, you will be well taken care of. The pay is good, the people you work with are fascinating, and the perks are many. Work/life balance depends on your manager, but overall, there seems to be an effort to help people balance their work for their own situation. Every four years, you are eligible for a six-week sabbatical. Besides that, you get Christmas Eve through New Years Day off so you can focus on spending times with your loved ones. Working during vacations, sabbaticals, and the week of rest is generally frowned upon. Work from home is allowed.

    One of the coolest things about working with Autodesk is that you are empowering the people who will change the world. That's really cool when you think about it.

    Cons

    Autodesk is huge, so it may take some time to find the information (or person) you are looking for. If you are self-motivated, you'll find what you are looking for. There are politics, sure, but if you have more than two people, you'll have politics.

    Some people check out once they walk in the office, which can be disheartening to see. This has a lot to do with their managers, and again, is part of human nature. That doesn't have to be your story.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Celebrate employee successes and be their biggest advocate. Stay transparent with successes and failures.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Wolves in sheeps clothing.

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

    I worked at Autodesk (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    They hire hard-working, highly intelligent and dedicated employees in a global company.

    Great benefits, nice life/work and opportunities to volunteer hours.

    Cons

    Management, often floundering and directionless, drunk on the "Cool Aid".

    Poor development. Little/no chance to advance or segue into new role.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You go through the motions of being "Nice"...but in reality we were treated poorly; no advancement, over-worked and "razor-sharp focus" resulted in narrow-mindedness.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company but avoid IT dept if you are a Bharatiya

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Autodesk

    Pros

    Autodesk is doing well on innovative front and has a great benefits package! Office facilities are good and general environment is friendly.

    Cons

    There is a significant hidden bias against Bharatiya people in IT. 33% of the full-timers in IT (a.k.a EIS) are from Bharat. Full-timers are treated very poorly for management opportunities, promotions, general rewards, bonus and stock grants. There is not even one Bharatiya in top IT management and only one in next layer out of fifteen people. Overall, IT department is under-performing in Autodesk as it is significantly led by non-technical leaders (some are openly referred to as B***t kings internally). This is leading to much fewer opportunities for growth which are also not being given on merit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Work Culture

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    Current Employee - Data Center Engineer in Petaluma, CA
    Current Employee - Data Center Engineer in Petaluma, CA

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

    Pros

    Its good to be a part a such a great company

    Cons

    Its been 2 months with the company. So no issue that I came across.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    One of the fine management team we have in Autodesk

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    I worked at Autodesk as a Senior Software Engineer from 1996 to 2010

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Rafael, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Rafael, CA

    I have been working at Autodesk

    Pros

    Highly successful, solid company, over 30 years in business. Salaries, bonuses and vacation time are fair and at market levels. 6 week paid sabbatical every 4 years is a great benefit and motivation to stay on long-term. Internal opportunities for career growth are good also. There is a solid development and IT infrastructure and a well disciplined development process in place. You will be working alongside talented and dedicated coworkers in a vibrant working environment. Autodesk products are world class and widely adopted worldwide. The location at One Market is great and if you live in Marin County there are offices there as well.

    Cons

    Periodic layoffs over the years were unnerving and adversely impacted morale. Release schedules can be stressful, but that comes with the territory, for the most part.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 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 a 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
  11.  

    I look forward to Mondays.

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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 as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    The warmth of the people and my team. Such an approachable and casual vibe. All mixed in with the awesomeness of Autodesk's products, services, and name. You not only survive (whether it'd be a generous compensation or courteous benefits), but also thrive along.

    Cons

    Occasionally free food here and there, but not all the time. It'd be nice to at least have free snacks in stock.

    And although I understand hiring contract workers is prominent, it'd be nice to convert them ASAP! Especially those who love it here and want to keep on contributing.

    Virtual reality/online meetings are convenient, but strange at the same time. Most of my teammates are all over the place, so it's understandable. I guess it takes some time to get used to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just keep on learning from your employees, as they are learning from you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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