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Autodesk Reviews

Updated November 26, 2014
Updated November 26, 2014
557 Reviews
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557 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great company but beware shifty politicians within the organization.

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    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
  2.  

    The usual pros/cons of a bigger company

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    • 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
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    Best company I've ever worked for!

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

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance, relaxed culture, not overly political. I love all the dogs in the office on Friday afternoon. The amenities (café, gym) are great!

    Cons

    I can't think of anything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good Job! I love my job!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Autodesk is a great place to work

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    Current Employee - Senior Finance Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Finance Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance, flexibility and a strong focus on employee culture. I believe in the strategic vision and our products. Good people work here.

    Cons

    No complaints at this point, upward mobility may be an issue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Re-org central

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Autodesk full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, smart people, warm company culture, pet friendly offices

    Cons

    Lots of silo'ed organizations filled with individuals resistant to change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Challenge the status quo

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Stable, but room for improvement

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    C-staff are inspiring and motivating
    Work from home on Fridays
    Game room but not easily accessible
    Variety of interesting products
    Overarching business strategy towards cloud and subscription is encouraging
    Always something to do

    Cons

    Middle management struggles to lead, inspire and not as tech-savvy as they should be.
    Conservative about trying new technology
    Little encouragement to innovate
    Very matrix-ed and organizationally spread out making it difficult to complete a project in timely fashion
    Heavy emphasis on meetings
    Work/ life balance difficult to maintain
    Political - focused on the how something gets done vs. what gets accomplished

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build a stronger culture with small perks (starting with occasional free food) and encourage team building. Give more authority to employees encouraging them to take risks and try new things.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good Company to work for

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    Former Employee - Manager in Manchester, NH
    Former Employee - Manager in Manchester, NH

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

    Pros

    Salary is competitive. Good people who clearly like what they do. Benefits are excellent. Progressive company with some brilliant people.

    Cons

    Work/Life Balance is not as good as it could be. Too many layoffs if you are not in California. As such people tend to "horde" information to make themselves look good and justify their position.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company, but needs to get out of its own way and let the people who care about it get their work done.

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in San Rafael, CA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in San Rafael, CA

    I worked at Autodesk full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Smart people, good work life balance, good networking opportunities. The benefits can't be beat.

    Cons

    Hard to move up and promotions are few except at Director level and above. You need to job jump to get anywhere in this company. Hard work will not reward you like job jumping will. This may just be how a company behaves once it becomes this large. I worked for them in the late 90's and early 2000's and it's changed quite a bit. Not as much of a team feeling anymore. Still love the company, but you need to know how the game is played. Hope this helps someone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See above. Less politics and managing up would help benefit the majority of the employees below you. Let's face it, the employees make the products, not you. :-)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Best. Job. Ever.

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    Current Employee - Employee in Novi, MI
    Current Employee - Employee in Novi, MI

    I have been working at Autodesk full-time

    Pros

    Benefits, culture, diversity, AMAZING place to work!

    Cons

    The lights are a bit bright to work under, but other than that I have zero complaints.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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