Autodesk
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Updated Jul 10, 2014
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3.5 476 reviews

                             

73% Approve of the CEO

Autodesk President, CEO, and Director Carl Bass

Carl Bass

(283 ratings)

73% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Work/Life flexibility is not be confused with work/life balance"
    in 65 reviews
  • "Relatively stable job with good benefits"
    in 42 reviews
Cons:
  • "In some areas there is work life balance, but it all depends on who you work for"
    in 11 reviews
  • "Middle management seems pushed to limits - lots of paranoia and paralysis"
    in 20 reviews
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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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    Great environment and company hampered by office politics and hiring practices

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Singapore (Singapore)

    ProsWork on widely used products with experienced staff. Great place to learn and improve exiting skills. Work life balance is great with remuneration offered being very competitive. Experience industry leading practices.

    ConsIt can get very political as majority of staff are from a particular country. Hiring practices are very biased, with preference given to friends via referral from their home country while local applicants are ignored. Staff are friendly but very political with preference of their own nationality.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReview your hiring practices to remove unethical biased practices.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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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

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    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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    worked as a se in shanghai office

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat people, work life balance

    Conspromotion process is a little bit complex

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

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    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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    Good

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsTechnically challenging assignments and freedom to express.

    ConsPoor work life balance and compensation

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    Trying to reinvent itself

    Product Designer (Current Employee)
    Toronto, ON (Canada)

    ProsCEO has a clear direction in mind and the company is full of smart people doing the work. Company has a huge cash cow in the shape of AutoCAD. The compensation and benefits are quite good.

    ConsThe company is riven with politics, acquisitions of formerly rival companies often leaves simmering feuds. The various divisions act as information silos with much work duplicated multiple times. The corporate groups that are there to try and bring the teams together are mostly ineffectual.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry to weed out the yes men in management, too many non-decisions made. A stronger corporate team and management structure is required to bring the various divisions together.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Overall good, but each group has its own unique dynamics that can cause much unnecessary strain on the job.

    Product Manager (Former Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsGreat benefits such as a sabbatical after four years. Really interesting technology. Overall there is a flexible, family friendly work environment, but it is somewhat dependent on the group you are part of. Lots of training classes which are quite helpful, but trying to find time and approval to attend can be difficult

    ConsIt can be very political. More than it needs or should be. That causes much stress. Groups are reorganized quite frequently often with good intentions, but the extra strain it causes has an impact on getting work done. As a result of these changes some people are put into managerial positions that they should not be in.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay close attention to how and how often groups are reorganized and workers shuffled around. Change is often good, but sometimes too much change is overly disruptive even if it is done to move a company in a promising direction.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good experience for an intern

    Intern (Former Employee)
    Pune (India)

    ProsGood work life balance
    Flexible timings
    Friendly management and environment
    Resourceful and helpful people around
    Valuable projects for interns
    Great Learning opportunities

    ConsDepends on the team

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

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