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Autodesk Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated September 27, 2014
Updated September 27, 2014
536 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance is great with remuneration offered being very competitive (in 80 reviews)

  • Good benefits and very flexible (many work from home) (in 48 reviews)


Cons
  • I would say that work/life balance suffers a bit at Autodesk (in 12 reviews)

  • Senior management is not interested in growing teams or promoting from within (in 21 reviews)

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101 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

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  1.  

    Outstanding company and great work culture

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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 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
  2.  

    I enjoyed my time there. Everyone at this company was extremely nice, very capable and always willing to help.

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    Former Employee - Marketing Strategy Intern  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Strategy Intern in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Autodesk as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    The People and Facilities are top notch.

    Cons

    It is a very large company and decisions take a long time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Awesome Experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Autodesk as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Colloborative Environment and Flexible work hours.

    Cons

    Personal Growth may become slow if you just adapt to Java. Better company for Phd people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Development Intern  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Business Development Intern in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Autodesk as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Friendly & relaxed environment. Everyone excited to make a change in design industry. Great location (San Francisco). Innovation culture.

    Cons

    When I was there, the work seemed to be a bit siloed. Different teams working on a single product are located separately and function separately.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    -Community
    - Great location
    - Large company with many opportunities

    Cons

    - Don't always know someone by face-to-face interaction since the company is so large, communication can be done over email

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great company but struggling to redefine itself with Cloud offerings

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    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 for 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
  8.  

    Summer intern in Autodesk San Francisco Office

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    Current Employee - Interaction Designer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Interaction Designer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Autodesk as an intern for 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
  9.  

    Great place to - Good growth opportunities

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    Former Employee - Various  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Various in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Autodesk full-time for 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
  10.  

    A creativity-fostering community can be found at Pier 9

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

    I worked at Autodesk as an intern for 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
  11.  

    Very Professional Work Environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Autodesk as an intern for 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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