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Autodesk Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
514 Reviews

3.8
514 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 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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  1.  

    fun, positive and collaborative atmosphere, great place to spend as a summer intern

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    Current Employee - Marketing Operations(ACG)  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Operations(ACG) in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Autodesk as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    I spent 10 weeks Jun-Aug 2014 interning at Autodesk int he San Francisco-Pier 9 office between the 1st 2nd year of my MBA program. I was the Marketing Operations Intern in the Autodesk Consumer Group. I really enjoyed working with the marketing team as they took the time to train me and bring me up to speed with the team, marketing campaigns and anything else that was relevant to my job. I was included in everything work-related and social by the team and the atmosphere was very much collaborative in the sense the my successes and failures were not disparate from the team's success and failures - everyone one was vested in my summer project and wanted the best possible outcome. Overall, the culture was just fantastic - people were also relaxed and very reasonable about everything - there was a focus on being productive and results-oriented as opposed to clocking hours. Great pay for the summer along with a reasonable relocation stipend as well - can't complain. Pier 9 was a fantastic location - the workshop provide many opportunities to stimulate my creative side, which was highly encouraged by the team even though it wasn't directly related to my summer projects.

    Cons

    I don't have major cons here. As an MBA intern, I saw many of my peers at other tech companies in the Bay Area receive either a generous housing/relocation allowance or the option to stay in corporate housing. Housing is so tricky for the summer in the Bay Area that it would be great to see Autodesk provide housing instead of a relocation stipend. The group I worked in was a little disorganized from a functional standpoint but it was directly a function of the group/teams being all less than 4 years old and growing rapidly - but everything is headed in the right direction so it's really not a con either. It was also be nice to have the pantries and kitchens be stocked with snacks instead of vending machines but that would be an awesome perk, really not a con either.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work. It is the most transparent company I have every worked for and I hope it never changes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Very Professional Work Environment

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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 as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Excellent Work-Life Balance.
    People are flexible
    Encouragement to take decisions independently
    Nice rapport between employees
    Good Work Ethic
    Opportunities to work with global teams.

    Cons

    Certain Workflows are slow.
    Few Internal Systems are archaic.
    Fragmentation with respect to developer environments used by individual developers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Free Lunch could be provided to everyone.
    Collaborative , face -to-face mode of working could happen a bit more.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Best Empolyer

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    Former Employee - Intern Software Engineer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Intern Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Autodesk full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Casual working environment
    Good compensation
    Kind manager and employees

    Cons

    San Francisco is not warm in summer, if that counts

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great experience

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    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly  in  Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Waltham, MA

    I worked at Autodesk as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great innovative work culture.
    Employees are helpful.
    Great employee development resources.

    Cons

    Differentiating contingent workforce and interns with full time employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce number of teleconference meetings

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    A creativity-fostering community can be found at Pier 9

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

    I worked at Autodesk as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    The overwhelming wealth of knowledge that can be tapped into at Pier 9 (literally anything you want to know, you can find someone who has some extensive knowledge on it). The zany work culture. Open CAD nights (informal after-hours software workshops led by the developers themselves). Sabbaticals. Access to wood shop, metal shop and 3D printshop (the ability to make virtually anything). People's collective general interest in what you're working on.

    Cons

    Never had to deal with leadership politics, but it doesn't seem as bad as people make it out to be.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Invaluable work experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software QA Engineer  in  Lake Oswego, OR
    Former Employee - Software QA Engineer in Lake Oswego, OR

    I worked at Autodesk as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great work environment, awesome manager and coworkers, competitive pay and good benefits

    Cons

    No cons for working at Autodesk

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Manager

    I have been working at Autodesk full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Autodesk has a lot of different things they do and they are aggressive in delivery. So it often feels like working for a startup while at the same time working in a nice safe environment.
    Also the work is challenging and there just aren't that many companies that do cool graphics!

    Cons

    Unfortunately the politics in upper management are quite bad. That said, overall everyone is treated very well.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    One of the best companies I have ever worked for.

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

    I worked at Autodesk as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Very diverse company.
    Employees are extremely friendly.
    Team working skill is the number one skill in this company.

    Cons

    I liked to have more events that bring employees together like Design Night.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I really liked working at Pier 9 because employees are happy and very collaborative. I think Autodesk managers should spread the Pier 9 atmosphere in other locations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great internship experience

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Autodesk as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Amazing products like AutoCAD, Revit, Maya
    Great work culture - Good managers, great colleagues
    Flexibility - in time. location etc

    Cons

    Can not think of any cons. It was a great experience to work at Autodesk

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Lots of autonomy and a great environment for an intern.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Autodesk as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    I had the opportunity to work at Autodesk's new Pier 9 office, which was amazing. I really came here to use the world class shop. I loved being right next to the artists in residence, who create amazing and inspiring things. They also often have speakers come in to share inspiring work. My manager and co-workers were very nice and patient as I learned the skills need to do my job. There seems to be a very nice work-life balance, as a lot of freedom is giving to the employees as to when they want to work from home.

    Cons

    The work itself was a lot of integration, and there was not a lot of opportunities to write new/creative code.
    I did end up using the shop as much as I wanted to when I came here, due to being very wiped by the end of the day. I wish I had some time set aside where I could work on personal fabrication projects.
    It was also difficult to understand some of the code bases as there did not seem to be a whole lot of documentation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean up code bases and Fridays off to work on personal projects.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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