Autodesk Reviews

Updated July 3, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Operation

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Autodesk

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great products, smart people, work flexibility, 6 weeks sabbatical every 4 years

    Cons

    Big organization so lot of administration, processes. Take forever to get anything done - Slow to adapt new ideas -

    Advice to Management

    Need to have less top down approach.
    Need an improvement in a quality of leadership skills of middle management.


  2. Great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    It is a great environment for highly motivated individuals. Autodesk provides excellent growth opportunities. Careers at Autodesk are very rewarding.

    Cons

    In some cases the opportunities and the compensation drive you to go the extra mile. While not a con, it can detract from work/life balance.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Great mission and environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Autodesk full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    One of the best things I found in the company didn't really occur to me before I got in. The mission of the company, to build quality software, tools and even frameworks for today's industry is something rewarding to be part of.

    They really take care of their employees in terms of benefits, I have nothing to complain about and the environment is just great. I had the chance to experience many ways of working with sit/stand desks, treadmill desks, couches all over the place and many resources to make your work environment comfortable.

    Socially is also a good environment and management and H.R. often promote activities that help you integrate and get to know very well your colleagues. Most people are highly creative and friendly.

    Cons

    Due to the size and complexity of the organization, getting anything done paperwork-wise often involves external companies that due to the scale that they operate, hardly makes it an easy process to you. Fortunately it's only hassle every few months.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good job!

    Autodesk Response

    Jun 30, 2015Intern- Social Talent

    Thank you for your review! As you mentioned, part of being a larger company does pose certain challenges but we appreciate your feedback and honesty as to your experience at Autodesk.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Sr Engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Nice salary and benefit. Smart people with humor.
    Many company events which brought ppl together and got familiar with each other. Strong products.

    Cons

    Frequent Org change. Tons of meetings. Direction not very clear. Too many contractors but they played key role to make decision. It might not be good for long term.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce Org changes. Focus on service delivery.


  6. Helpful (6)

    Nondisclosure

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Autodesk is an innovative company making products that inspire people. It is common to see where you can make a real difference in peoples life.

    Cons

    Career paths are limited. Bonuses and Stock grants are not really tied to personal performance and are more of a reflection of how well you play politics.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be so worried about handing out titles. We keep losing great people to other companies because it is the only way they can progress in their careers.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Decent company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in San Rafael, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in San Rafael, CA

    I worked at Autodesk

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

    Pros

    Mature tech company so they are not crazy with the hours and have good processes in place for doing things and getting things done. Management is doing a good job of moving into the company to virtual space and staying very competitive.

    Cons

    Pace is getting faster and faster as Autodesk feels the need to innovate and keep current with virtual technology. They are trying to do so by outsourcing like crazy and keeping full time staff to a minimum, so work is getting faster and harder.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to balance outsource staff with full time staff and retain more full time, since things are not getting done by offshore members.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Good company with lots of problems

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Autodesk full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary, excellent benefits. Ability to be involved in many different types of projects and learn a variety of technologies. At the engineering level, ability to work with great people who want to work together to get the job done.

    Cons

    For all the talk about work/life balance, it's definitely more work than life. The longer you are there, the more you feel like there is a "target" on your back for termination. The company seems to be moving back towards more outsourcing. Opportunities for growth and advancement are there, provided you are extremely vocal about wanting them and willing to "push" yourself into those areas. For example, if you want to be involved in a project that offers new technology, but may not be assigned to it, you need to find ways on your own to participate and help with the project un-officially, hoping you'll be noticed. Also, there are too many meetings and too many org changes which do not provide any stability.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent to the engineers below you, information is often not sent down the chain. Offer the same opportunities to all employees that wish to learn and grow, it can only benefit the company. Work on morale, as it really affects the employees love of their job which can only hurt the company. Reduce the amount of meetings, you should not need multiple meetings to make a decision on the same topic. Reduce and simplify process.


  9. Helpful (4)

    Corporate Confusion

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer

    I worked at Autodesk full-time

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

    Pros

    Decent pay, nice benefits. California offices are really nice. Internally they're trying to "Googlefy" themselves and it's showing, but to be honest it seems kind of pointless.

    Cons

    Seems to be a lack of engagement with management. Career path not really obvious. The company's way of innovation is by acquiring more startups. I don't think that's good for the long-term. The stocks and fiscal reports reflect that.


  10. Creative

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Rafael, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Rafael, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Casual culture
    Creative environment
    Grounded senior management
    Employees can learn & use CNC and 3D printing equipment

    Cons

    Compensation and benefits
    Corporative
    Vague organizational structure and responsibility chain


  11. Helpful (5)

    Autodesk is great, keep improving.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    Working with people smarter than you, compensation, great software.

    Cons

    Constant re-orgs, layoffs, work life balance, politics.

    Advice to Management

    When you do a re-org, allow enough time for those changes to take effect before you do the next one.



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