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Autodesk Reviews

Updated September 20, 2014
Updated September 20, 2014
528 Reviews
3.8
528 Reviews
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Autodesk President, CEO, and Director Carl Bass
Carl Bass
316 Ratings

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Nice company to work for

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    Former Employee - Creative Director  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Creative Director in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    One month sabbatical after a 4 year tenure. Great location at One Market. Opportunity to travel to sales locations. Lots a great training. Also a budget for continuing educational training. Not a lot of turnover. Really great VP level management

    Cons

    I cant find any cons

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    really like the leadership there.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Well positioned and strong company

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

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

    Pros

    Everyone is treated with respect and dignity, and you are encouraged to speak up and share your opinion.

    Cons

    Like in any organization Autodesk is no exception when it comes to politics

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    A wonderful place to work!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Autodesk full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Autodesk'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!

    Cons

    Middle 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 ManagementAdvice

    Please 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Autodesk Response

    Jul 24, 2014Talent Brand and Social Media Manager

    Thank you for the thoughtful review!

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  5.  

    Autodesk

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Autodesk full-time

    Pros

    Good compensation. flexible work hours

    Cons

    Politics among teams may reduce productivity

  6.  

    Great Culture, Awesome Products, Solid Leadership

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Intern  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Intern in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Talented team of employees who believe in the company, great office space/location, awesome products you can be proud of, relentless innovators.

    Cons

    Perks are not at par with other tech companies in the area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Autodesk Response

    Jul 24, 2014Talent Brand and Social Media Manager

    This is helpful to hear. We're always looking to hear from employees on what would make Autodesk better. If you have specific suggestion, particularly around benefits, don't hesitate to contact me ... More

  7.  

    Product Management

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    Former Employee - Product Manager  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    International Travel, Smart people, professional work environment

    Cons

    Too many changes, HR has room for improvement

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great learning experience, but growth plateaus

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Autodesk as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Friendly people, reasonable work hours. They have goals to improve their products and find a way that let's their consumers more easily obtain and use them. Taking initiative is typically encouraged.

    Cons

    Poor company wide communication. Lack of transparency from management. Too much focus on process and bureaucracy while most times the process is ill defined. Poor talent acquisition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication should be more direct and shouldn't have to flow to multiple channels to get to the right audience. Many times it feels like there are too many chefs in the kitchen which translates to unnecessary micromanagement and ultimately less productivity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Politics and weak leadership.

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    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales

    I have been working at Autodesk full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great people everywhere and the products are amazing. Benefits like sabbatical are unheard of in many large organizations. Leaders in AEC which opens the door to executives. Cloud vision promising but will take time. Carl Bass is a CEO tech geek who really appreciates and values our cool technology. Stock soaring and a great ride for those of us in the ESPP plan another great benefit of working here.

    Cons

    Good old boys network in senior leadership that is old school. Example we are micromanaged to a set of weekly activity and call metrics more appropriate for point products versus selling true value based solution selling. Chaotic and stressful environment full of immature managers who have advanced due to relationships and who spend time bad mouthing each other across divisions. Looks bad to those of us in the ranks. One word sums it up "politics"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great people are leaving because of office politics. Pay attention.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Behind the curve

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good people to work with. Good benefits

    Cons

    Executive management appear to be mis-aligned, very difficult to get projects approved or financed, constant change is more like constant swirl.

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company, EXCEPT FINANCE (FP&A)

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Autodesk

    Pros

    Company wide:
    -work/life balance
    -competitive pay
    -intelligent people
    -exciting space and business model transition

    Cons

    Mostly 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 ManagementAdvice

    Learn 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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