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Autodesk Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated November 25, 2014
Updated November 25, 2014
555 Reviews
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Pros
  • Work life balance is great with remuneration offered being very competitive (in 84 reviews)

  • Autodesk has an awesome work life balance and many employees are able to work from home (in 22 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.  

    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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    Stable, but room for improvement

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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 (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
  6. 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
  7.  

    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 (less than an 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
  8. 1 person 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
  9. 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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very smart people, but an overwhelming amount of politics that often conflicts with doing right for the customer.

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    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in San Rafael, CA
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in San Rafael, CA

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

    Pros

    Relatively fluid environment, routinely work at home or at 1 of 2 offices. Opportunity to exchange with very bright co-workers.

    Cons

    Poor level of motivation due to an atmosphere of profound politics. The customer was often an afterthought to the goal for the quarter. Far, far too many layers of management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce 1 - 2 layers of management, and work from the customer in.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Could be a nice place to work

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Rafael, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Rafael, CA

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

    Pros

    good pay; casual atmosphere; flexibility of work (i.e. office vs. home) for some jobs

    Cons

    Mature, sedate, all growth and innovation comes from acquisitions;

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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