Autodesk Reviews

Updated April 12, 2015
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  1. Great company

    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 a year)

    Pros

    Driven by a distinct purpose - to make it easier for people to make things! If you are into making things you'll have a blast regardless in which department or your specific job description.

    - motivated and driven teams and management.
    - use of latest technology stack.
    - in San Francisco the office spaces are awesome and very functional and pleasant to work and collaborate.
    - access to the Pier 9 shop and courses.
    - competitive pay and pay structure
    - flexible working time

    Cons

    Not much really. A bit complicated cross department functional teams may create confusion in the reporting lines.

    Advice to Management

    Keep improving the products and to enable more people to become creators and makers in the ranks of both your customers and employees.

  2. Amazing company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Rafael, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Rafael, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Competitive benefits, great colleagues, challenging environment.

    Cons

    office politics, but likely no more than elsewhere

  3. EIS (aka IT) Manager

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Eis Manager in San Rafael, CA
    Current Employee - Eis Manager in San Rafael, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Autodesk enjoys a historical lead in the design and visualization software space. The company continually invests in improving and innovating. The company is currently undergoing a tremendous, self-induced disruption as it moves from box-software to the cloud. (Some) leaders of the product groups demonstrate a real ability to incubate, experiment and innovate.

    Pay is well above average. Company is very tolerant of "work-life-balance" and you are often able to work on a flexible schedule.

    At entry and low/mid levels, lots of room for advancement and many opportunities to gain lateral experience.

    If you are at mid/upper levels, this is still a great company to gain experience and "learn on their dime", though don't expect to be promoted further unless you are lucky enough to work in a product or marketing group, or you are willing to sacrifice your integrity to the worst sort of politics. Still, it's a great way to gain experience while being paid well.

    Cons

    Avoid any roles beyond entry-level in EIS (what Autodesk brands IT) at all costs.

    The EIS group is not respected across the company and serves as the organizational scapegoat. The CIO is weak and puts most of his support behind supporting his buddies, who are also terrible managers. There are a few strong leaders and managers in the security and apps groups, but they are obviously not part of the CIO's club.

    The EIS group falls under the CFO at Autodesk where the Finance leaders constantly throw IT under the bus for anything they find inconvenient, which is a lot presently because of the company's rapid transformation and changing system landscape. The company did recently hire a new CFO, but thus far he's failed to replace any of the worst offenders among his leadership (including the CIO). To the contrary, more than a few have been promoted.

    On promotions: in EIS, and generally throughout corporate, in order to be promoted beyond Manager requires you submit yourself to politics that often require you abandon your integrity. That means don't rock the boat, don't challenge politically connected VPs or Directors who overtly lie or take credit for others accomplishments.

    The CEO, Carl's public position is that the company rewards merit, delivery and results. However, in EIS you will find that bonuses, RSUs and promotions instead go to people who bend their head to the CIO and stay away from controversy and accountability.

    Finally, if you stay in EIS past your early career phase, you won't be able to move elsewhere in the company. A few manage to pull it off, but only if you're wiling to take a huge step backwards. Even then, most of the time people fail and end up leaving the company even if they were top performers in EIS. Many VPs in product and marketing groups have well known bans and moratoriums on hiring from EIS.

    Advice to Management

    Outsource EIS entirely, since the company doesn't value it and the culture is beyond saving. Take a good look at the CIO and his current culture program. A bunch of great ideas that are just masking the real root problems.

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  5. Very good summer - Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in San Rafael, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in San Rafael, CA

    I worked at Autodesk

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I had a very positive experience as an intern here. A lot of great work opportunities and a lot of insight into the vision of Autodesk.

    Cons

    Program was very structured, which could turn into a con, but it could also be a pro!

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up, I had a lot of fun and learned a lot which is exactly what you desire as a summer intern.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Old dog, new tricks

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Autodesk has been around for many years, but continues to allow itself to embrace disruption and find new ways to create new markets and continue growing old ones. They pay fairly and have a pretty robust compensation package. Time off is handled in a mature way with latitude for managers and reports to maintain life/work balance and focus on the results instead of "butts in seats." That being said, the teams are distributed, so meetings with global locations can run early and late. Welcome to the 21st century.

    Cons

    Being 30+ years old, there are many entrenched ways of approaching problems, and while there are promising Agile and Lean initiatives, there are still plenty remnants from an older, waterfall methodology. They verbally encourage initiative and managing up, but when push comes to shove there can be serious top-down, dictatorial management that can create unnecessary churn.

    Advice to Management

    You hire very smart people, provide ample opportunity for training and advancement, but there is too much "inside baseball" that prevents getting the most coordination from the entire organization - because there seems to be a gap between executive vision (right on, very compelling) and individual contributor roles. If there's too much room for interpretation of goals and initiatives that can lead to turf wars and conflict where there could be a united cause.

  7. Summer Internship @ Autodesk

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    nice payment, good company culture, good weather in San Francisco

    Cons

    the team is too big, and there's no technical mentor located at San Francisco headquarter office. it takes time to communicate and get suggestion/support from other senior engineers.

  8. Great company to work for

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

    I have been working at Autodesk

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very passionate about the direction of industry

    Cons

    large organization so usual office dynamics. your growth depends on who you report to.

    Advice to Management

    Hard to advice. The management is on the ball most of the time.

  9. Helpful (1)

    financial analyst

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

    I have been working at Autodesk full-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work life balance is great. Managers keep their door open and arrange lots of info sessions to the interns. Lots of smart people around from whom you can learn a lot. Work from home is available and compensation is competitive in the industry.

    Cons

    Big company. Could be some miscommunication between the management team. Not so many opportunity to get promote.

    Advice to Management

    Give more opportunity to employee to make an impact

  10. great culture and work/life balance, older school tech company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Rafael, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Rafael, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    really great people and culture, a very welcoming environment
    strong commitment to work/life balance
    good compensation
    beautiful offices

    Cons

    challenges of a big company, internal systems are not great
    employee ages strongly skew to late 30s - mid-40s, with kids. not necessarily a con but worth noting (and this does have a Pro in the form of work/life balance as shown above)
    travel to HQ in San Rafael, again this may not be a con depending on where you're based

  11. Helpful (3)

    Great flexibility and work from home options, but very, very hard to get a raise and advance within the company.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Metrics & Reporting Analyst in San Rafael, CA
    Former Employee - Metrics & Reporting Analyst in San Rafael, CA

    I worked at Autodesk full-time (more than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Depending on job role and manager, working from home on occasion or set day of week was feasible. Leaving to take kids to doctor appointments and watch school performances was accepted. Missed work hours could be made up at home in the evenings. Small gym on site with great lunch classes available. Autodesk would reimburse for the gym membership. Peets coffee and nice expresso machines available for free. Company matched donations and 4 hours of volunteer time per month on company time permitted.

    Cons

    In the 7 years I worked there I never got more than a 1-4% annual raise. Even when I switched job roles, I was told it had to be a lateral move. My most recent immediate manager told me that in order to get a significant raise, you had to quit Autodesk and come back as a new employee in a new role. Then again, this manager was the most horrendous manager I have ever had.

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