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  1.  

    Good employee company, lots of politics

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Autodesk full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits and very flexible (many work from home). Compensation is competitive. Steady place to work for an extended time - many employees have been there 5- 10 years.

    Cons

    More big company politics than you would expect for a company of this size. Highly relationship based structure and indirect communication culture. Training and advancement is driven by the individual with less upper management assistance than I've had in the past.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company but struggling to redefine itself with Cloud offerings

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Development Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    - Great benefits and time-off policies, with a sabbatical (6-week) every 4 years
    - Work-life balance in most of the groups, although it greatly depends
    - Lot of smart people

    Cons

    - Lots of politics between mid/upper management level (usually the case in large corporation)
    - Average compensations
    - Internal transfers never encouraged and next to impossible
    - Geographically distributed teams hinder development and cannot really run with Agile (regardless of how hard you try)
    - Working remotely a possibility, but discourage in a lot of groups

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take time to define goals with employees even in fast moving environments

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 11 people found this helpful  

    Good firm, beware the Autodesk Antibodies of Change

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Autodesk full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great salary, great benefits, great stock options. If you're looking for a company to "dock into" and "work to live" (versus "live to work"), then Autodesk a GREAT company. It has a killer recipe for generating revenue, and protects that recipe at all costs. So the company is healthy, and the benefits are great.

    The customers LOVE the product. And the people that you work with, for the most part, are pretty great.

    For what it is (a technology commercialization firm), it does it very well.

    Cons

    In order to really thrive at Autodesk, you have to understand that Autodesk is NOT a technology development company. it's a technology commercialization company. The only real innovation that happens is around acquisition (of other technology) and (re)packaging of existing technology.

    And they definitely are not big fans of change. From the smallest internal change to the bigger, more systemic changes - the Autodesk Antibodies of Change (which are everywhere) will choke out any attempts at change in the company. It's not done overtly, but rather in a very silent, passive-aggressive manner. Which is pretty much the dominating cultural trait in the mid-senior levels of the company.

    The fear of disrupting the revenue flow permeates the management layer. They actually teach a leadership course where the primary objective is to teach the new leaders how the revenue flow works, with a half day spent on showing how many things can negatively impact or harm it. It drives every management decision and forces an incredibly conservative approach to nearly every aspect of running the business.

    So if you're looking for a company where you can step in and make great things happen...keep looking. Autodesk is not the place for you. Most folks who come in with new ideas or an agenda (wanting to grow, develop, advance), are often weeded out within 18-24 months. Risk-takers do not fare well here. The company thrives off of homeostasis, process and systems, and attempting to make any sort of novel impact is ...in a word...exhausting.

    Most of the 'deskers (employees) are with the company for 10+ years. They are heavily invested in keeping things (all things) the same.

    So change doesn't happen quickly - unless it's a re-org.

    Which happens about every year.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to - Good growth opportunities

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

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

    Pros

    People return to autodesk after leaving for other companies, because it is a wonderful place to work. Respectful, successful, team oriented ad provides good career growth opportunity if you do your job well and have good people skills.

    Cons

    It is a strong relationship company - relationships and influence skills are important - and which can lead being political environment sometimes. In my experience, conflict is avoided.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Foster healthy conflict.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Summer intern in Autodesk San Francisco Office

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Interaction Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Intern - Interaction Designer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    1. good office location. right near the Fairy Building and bay bridge. sea view
    2. nice talk about design.
    3. free food for two days per week.
    4. Nice colleagues.
    5. workload is not heavy.

    Cons

    1. not enough free food
    2. globalization problem. Autodesk has offices around the whole world. So sometimes, the meeting time was really wired because of the time difference. Also, asking colleague in some other continent for help is hard.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Autodesk has great products, a talented workforce, good benefits, and takes a progressive stance on work/life balance

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    Current Employee - Programmer/Software Engineer in San Rafael, CA
    Current Employee - Programmer/Software Engineer in San Rafael, CA

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

    Pros

    Work/life balance stands out from most other companies I've worked for (or interviewed with). Flexible hours and the ability to work from home makes life a lot more fulfilling. Autodesk is quite laid back for a tech company, yet they're on the vanguard of many leading-edge technologies. This proves that you don't have to run a high-strung organization (with accompanying burn-out/turnover) in order to succeed in the industries that Autodesk services.

    Cons

    Autodesk is working to become a more agile company. That said, its management structure is still rather conventional at its core. Agile methods have been introduced (and have seen some success) within the development organizations, but the PMO leaders are still having trouble getting out of the waterfall (when and what will you deliver?) mindset.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management (at all levels) needs to keep one thing in mind: your job should be to remove impediments and let your workforce thrive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Plenty of opportunity

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Autodesk full-time

    Pros

    Great products, loyal customers and a good reputation as an employer. Flexible work environment (both location and hours), good benefits (including ESPP and sabbatical program). Career development opportunities available if you are willing to put in the effort and the hours.

    Cons

    Not very agile. Consensus-driven environment creates serious drag on progress. Poor job done by senior management to motivate employee base and create real momentum around business changes. A lack of investment in the back office has resulted in very dated and stretched organization.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    A creativity-fostering community can be found at Pier 9

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    The overwhelming wealth of knowledge that can be tapped into at Pier 9 (literally anything you want to know, you can find someone who has some extensive knowledge on it). The zany work culture. Open CAD nights (informal after-hours software workshops led by the developers themselves). Sabbaticals. Access to wood shop, metal shop and 3D printshop (the ability to make virtually anything). People's collective general interest in what you're working on.

    Cons

    Never had to deal with leadership politics, but it doesn't seem as bad as people make it out to be.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly in Waltham, MA
    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly in Waltham, MA

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

    Pros

    Great innovative work culture.
    Employees are helpful.
    Great employee development resources.

    Cons

    Differentiating contingent workforce and interns with full time employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce number of teleconference meetings

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Very Professional Work Environment

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent Work-Life Balance.
    People are flexible
    Encouragement to take decisions independently
    Nice rapport between employees
    Good Work Ethic
    Opportunities to work with global teams.

    Cons

    Certain Workflows are slow.
    Few Internal Systems are archaic.
    Fragmentation with respect to developer environments used by individual developers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Free Lunch could be provided to everyone.
    Collaborative , face -to-face mode of working could happen a bit more.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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