Autodesk Reviews

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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. Decent company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Autodesk

    Pros

    Nice people to work with, and company cares about keeping the good culture

    Cons

    Work life balance suffers a lot

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Fantastic work culture and great people.

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    Current Intern - Data Analyst in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Intern - Data Analyst in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    The managers are really awesome people here. They are very down to earth, approachable, and the company fosters a very open and positive culture.
    The company takes very good care of its employees and the compensation is commensurate and mostly sufficient.

    Cons

    Nothing that I can think of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Awesome place!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Summer Internship @ Autodesk

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    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Autodesk as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    nice payment, good company culture, good weather in San Francisco

    Cons

    the team is too big, and there's no technical mentor located at San Francisco headquarter office. it takes time to communicate and get suggestion/support from other senior engineers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Great company to work for

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    Current Employee - Senior Developer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Developer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Autodesk

    Pros

    Very passionate about the direction of industry

    Cons

    large organization so usual office dynamics. your growth depends on who you report to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hard to advice. The management is on the ball most of the time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Very good summer - Intern

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

    I worked at Autodesk

    Pros

    I had a very positive experience as an intern here. A lot of great work opportunities and a lot of insight into the vision of Autodesk.

    Cons

    Program was very structured, which could turn into a con, but it could also be a pro!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up, I had a lot of fun and learned a lot which is exactly what you desire as a summer intern.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Old dog, new tricks

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

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

    Pros

    Autodesk has been around for many years, but continues to allow itself to embrace disruption and find new ways to create new markets and continue growing old ones. They pay fairly and have a pretty robust compensation package. Time off is handled in a mature way with latitude for managers and reports to maintain life/work balance and focus on the results instead of "butts in seats." That being said, the teams are distributed, so meetings with global locations can run early and late. Welcome to the 21st century.

    Cons

    Being 30+ years old, there are many entrenched ways of approaching problems, and while there are promising Agile and Lean initiatives, there are still plenty remnants from an older, waterfall methodology. They verbally encourage initiative and managing up, but when push comes to shove there can be serious top-down, dictatorial management that can create unnecessary churn.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You hire very smart people, provide ample opportunity for training and advancement, but there is too much "inside baseball" that prevents getting the most coordination from the entire organization - because there seems to be a gap between executive vision (right on, very compelling) and individual contributor roles. If there's too much room for interpretation of goals and initiatives that can lead to turf wars and conflict where there could be a united cause.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. An amazing place for students to learn and develop in the areas they're interested in!

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    Former Intern - Research Intern in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - Research Intern in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Autodesk as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    - Great Intern Infrastructure, various social events really made you feel apart of the team!
    - Hiring manager gave me a list of projects and let ME pick which I preferred to work on, they were also always there to help but let me try my own methods (and helped me recover if they failed...)
    - Amazing learning experience for any student software developer
    - Tons of free swag on your first day!

    Cons

    - pay is slightly lower than other similarly sized companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Keep up the great intern program!
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    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful

    Lack of Leadership in IT

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Autodesk

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits and corporate culture

    Cons

    IT organization is poorly led and disfunctional

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove finger pointers and bullies from managment positions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Great place to be an employee

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    Current Employee - Product Manager
    Current Employee - Product Manager

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and work life balance. Very smart people working in interesting problem areas.

    Cons

    Politics negatively impact the ability to innovate and provide value to customers. Information from industry experts are frequently discounted by upper management. Very talented people are leaving the company due to issues with upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on Managers that positively lead teams and weed out ones focused on territorialism.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful

    I like it.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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