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Autodesk Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated December 12, 2014
Updated December 12, 2014
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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great work/life balance and lots of innovation!

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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 full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    -Great people who are very collaborative
    -Office space in SF is amazing and the perk of being able to use the workshop at Pier 9 is a major plus!
    -The emphasis on maintaining a good work/life balance is really nice
    -The company is doing so many innovate things which makes Autodesk a really exciting place to work!

    Cons

    -Sometimes things move a bit slower than I would like
    -Would like better company-wide events

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create greater opportunities for people invest time into projects that aren't directly related to their work, but would benefit Autodesk as a whole.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company but beware shifty politicians within the organization.

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in San Rafael, CA
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in San Rafael, CA

    I worked at Autodesk full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It's a great place to work for women, especially for a technology company. They do hire a lot of graduates from universities, but there are also opportunities for mid-career applicants. In the corporate office there is a kitchen, gym and dry cleaners. You can bring your dog to work. Compensation is higher than average. You receive a lengthy paid sabbatical after 5 years. The company closes from Christmas to New Years with pay.

    Cons

    As with most organizations, you are at the mercy of your direct supervisor. If you are unlucky enough to work for someone who advances themselves with political wrangling at the detriment of the employees that report to them, there isn't much transparency to save you from the manipulations and damage to your career path.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There should a feedback process in place to fetter out toxic employees, other than the once a year 360 review.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    A lot of good engineers, fairly competent middle management, however the company is addicted to restructuring itself

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

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance is excellent, very flexible office culture - people are allowed to work from home when needed, during my tenure there I've not experienced undue pressure and crunch time (other than self-inflicted). Benefits are on par with industry standards

    Cons

    The company is lagging behind in technology and development methods, there is a lot of inertia in switching to shorter development cycles and applying feedback loops. Due to unusual long tenure for some senior managers and executives they are sometimes seem disconnected from the reality outside of the company and ignore obvious industry trends

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reality check is needed

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best company I've ever worked for!

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    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 :).

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Autodesk is a great place to work

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    Current Employee - Senior Finance Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Finance Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Autodesk full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great work life balance, flexibility and a strong focus on employee culture. I believe in the strategic vision and our products. Good people work here.

    Cons

    No complaints at this point, upward mobility may be an issue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Autodesk Response

    Dec 8, 2014Talent Brand and Social Media Manager

    Thanks for the kind words. Keep it up and spread the word.

  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not sure if Documentation is their THING

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    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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company to get experience in CAD

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    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
  9.  

    Stable, but room for improvement

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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 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
  10. 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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    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
  11.  

    Outstanding company and great work culture

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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 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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