Autodesk Reviews

Updated April 14, 2015
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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. Great company

    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

    Driven by a distinct purpose - to make it easier for people to make things! If you are into making things you'll have a blast regardless in which department or your specific job description.

    - motivated and driven teams and management.
    - use of latest technology stack.
    - in San Francisco the office spaces are awesome and very functional and pleasant to work and collaborate.
    - access to the Pier 9 shop and courses.
    - competitive pay and pay structure
    - flexible working time

    Cons

    Not much really. A bit complicated cross department functional teams may create confusion in the reporting lines.

    Advice to Management

    Keep improving the products and to enable more people to become creators and makers in the ranks of both your customers and employees.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work if you know how to navigate

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The company is working hard to transform the business model and all aspects of the company
    Dedicated senior leadership with vision
    Smart and passionate people
    Good work life balance and benefits

    Cons

    It's a slow moving machine in particular the operational and back office functions
    It's overly complex when it shouldn't be
    Decision making by committee
    Hard to move up, stingy with job titles

    Advice to Management

    Time to start making divest decisions

  3. Sr Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Autodesk full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of opportunities; new ideas are always welcome and supported

    Cons

    Slow decision making; a lot of politics

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Amazing company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Competitive benefits, great colleagues, challenging environment.

    Cons

    office politics, but likely no more than elsewhere

  6. Marketing Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Autodesk full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Cool downtown office
    Innovative products
    Great CEO
    Good vision

    Cons

    Politics - it's hard to move up or change jobs within the company
    Poor Management - lack of transparency, everything is done through special teams that make all the decisions
    Great vision but poor execution. There are so many re orgs every year and the company can never seem to figure out what direction they are going.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent, talk to your employees and act on their advice.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Big Company, being politically savvy is essential

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great work life balance, beautiful San Francisco office, great benefits

    Cons

    Seems to be more political than most other companies, Organizational structure for budgets and planning, lower salaries

  8. Helpful (1)

    Mixed Bag

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Novi, MI
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Novi, MI

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Smart company at the top, they offer good software, some of us get to work from home

    Cons

    Depends very much upon what you may do. Autodesk Consulting is a backwater of the country and has poor management in the delivery area. It is chaotic with almost no stability. As a project manager in this area, expect that yes, you can often work from home, and yes, you get paid pretty well, but also yes, you will be stressed out, yes, you will be overloaded with process, and yes, you will be given expectations that are nearly impossible to meet given poor systems and poor upper level management. Not much for promotion opportunities either as a project manager, and many of the project managers are forced to spend their time on internal processes and accounting processes much more than actually managing projects. Also, expect many people with small jobs and big attitudes including project accountants.

    Advice to Management

    Streamline bigtime, so many inefficiencies, nary a positive word to be said.

  9. EIS (aka IT) Manager

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    Current Employee - Eis Manager in San Rafael, CA
    Current Employee - Eis Manager in San Rafael, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Autodesk enjoys a historical lead in the design and visualization software space. The company continually invests in improving and innovating. The company is currently undergoing a tremendous, self-induced disruption as it moves from box-software to the cloud. (Some) leaders of the product groups demonstrate a real ability to incubate, experiment and innovate.

    Pay is well above average. Company is very tolerant of "work-life-balance" and you are often able to work on a flexible schedule.

    At entry and low/mid levels, lots of room for advancement and many opportunities to gain lateral experience.

    If you are at mid/upper levels, this is still a great company to gain experience and "learn on their dime", though don't expect to be promoted further unless you are lucky enough to work in a product or marketing group, or you are willing to sacrifice your integrity to the worst sort of politics. Still, it's a great way to gain experience while being paid well.

    Cons

    Avoid any roles beyond entry-level in EIS (what Autodesk brands IT) at all costs.

    The EIS group is not respected across the company and serves as the organizational scapegoat. The CIO is weak and puts most of his support behind supporting his buddies, who are also terrible managers. There are a few strong leaders and managers in the security and apps groups, but they are obviously not part of the CIO's club.

    The EIS group falls under the CFO at Autodesk where the Finance leaders constantly throw IT under the bus for anything they find inconvenient, which is a lot presently because of the company's rapid transformation and changing system landscape. The company did recently hire a new CFO, but thus far he's failed to replace any of the worst offenders among his leadership (including the CIO). To the contrary, more than a few have been promoted.

    On promotions: in EIS, and generally throughout corporate, in order to be promoted beyond Manager requires you submit yourself to politics that often require you abandon your integrity. That means don't rock the boat, don't challenge politically connected VPs or Directors who overtly lie or take credit for others accomplishments.

    The CEO, Carl's public position is that the company rewards merit, delivery and results. However, in EIS you will find that bonuses, RSUs and promotions instead go to people who bend their head to the CIO and stay away from controversy and accountability.

    Finally, if you stay in EIS past your early career phase, you won't be able to move elsewhere in the company. A few manage to pull it off, but only if you're wiling to take a huge step backwards. Even then, most of the time people fail and end up leaving the company even if they were top performers in EIS. Many VPs in product and marketing groups have well known bans and moratoriums on hiring from EIS.

    Advice to Management

    Outsource EIS entirely, since the company doesn't value it and the culture is beyond saving. Take a good look at the CIO and his current culture program. A bunch of great ideas that are just masking the real root problems.

  10. Contracted Art Director at Autodesk

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Autodesk

    Pros

    Wonderful team to work with

    Cons

    The work was repetitive over time

    Advice to Management

    Liven up the office space

  11. Helpful (5)

    I like it.

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.

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