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Autodesk Reviews

Updated December 14, 2014
Updated December 14, 2014
562 Reviews
3.9
562 Reviews
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best company I've ever worked for!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    Autodesk Response

    Dec 8, 2014Talent Brand and Social Media Manager

    Thumbs up. Spread the word and recruit your friends :).

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Re-org central

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Autodesk FP&A

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Autodesk full-time

    Pros

    - Flex time / Work from home
    - High compensation
    - Stock
    - Sabbaticals

    Cons

    - Many incompetent Directors who are not qualified for their roles, and thus are incapable of managing from above and flushing out true under performers. Heck, there are even a couple of Directors who have cozied their ways into job security by having "relationships" with high level executives. Sure, why not.
    - Providing 'business value" to FP&A oftentimes translates to how can I get my business partners to like me?
    - Promotions are based on how brown you can get your nose to be and are not based on merit or achievements.
    - There are a select few individuals who carry the organization, the rest just hop on the bus for a well compensated ride.
    - Very top heavy Finance organization of individuals who have been around for a long time because of the laid back culture. Who doesn't want to get well compensated for not doing much of anything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a microscopic view of your Finance organization, their compensation, and the actual value that they provide to the company and the business, you will be amazed and horrified at the same time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not sure if Documentation is their THING

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

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

    Pros

    The facility is Beautiful and the atmosphere is Professional. There are a lot of Talented people. There are wonderful and attractive products and a will to improve.

    Cons

    The roadmap for the Group I'm in is garbled, and there is no clear direction from my managers, deadlines slip all the time because of this, plus availability and feedback from them is totally absent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Team members sitting in endless meetings is not helping productivity. Someone has to actually DO the work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company to get experience in CAD

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Analyst in San Rafael, CA
    Former Employee - Quality Analyst in San Rafael, CA

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

    Pros

    It is a nice place to work, as long as you are working on the autodesk subscription team. Its in the beautiful north bay so no complains about location.

    Cons

    Visibility is low due to the size of company. Salary and compensations could be better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote better communication between the business analysts and the technical folks

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Stable, but room for improvement

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  8. 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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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9.  

    Best. Job. Ever.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10.  

    Great work environment and attention to employee needs

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA

    I worked at Autodesk full-time

    Pros

    Autodesk really goes the extra mile to ensure employees needs are met in terms of work space, meeting rooms, technology provided, food options, and extras. As mentioned in other reviews there is a good work-life balance and there is constant communication/interaction with upper management.

    Cons

    The challenges may be trying to accomplish certain projects or entrepreneurial initiatives. Autodesk's size has made if difficult to get things done quickly, it suffers from the same problems that other large tech companies go through in trying to evolve and keep pace with smaller start ups while maintaining market share.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Outstanding company and great work culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    Exciting products; global leader in it's industry; pays well; employees treated with high degree of respect

    Cons

    Can be overly collaborative at times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the current culture going. Most employees love working here.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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