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Autodesk Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated January 30, 2015
Updated January 30, 2015
583 Reviews
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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  

    Very good company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Consultant in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Autodesk

    Pros

    Very intelligent upper management that is aggressively in tune with market conditions and how it impacts the company. It has some very pro employee benefits and policies

    Cons

    Its a large company and you can very easily become a nobody. That is demotivating for most people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Company was great, would highly recommend!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Support Specialist in San Rafael, CA
    Former Employee - IT Support Specialist in San Rafael, CA

    I worked at Autodesk as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great experience, everyone was supportive and encouraged me to learn what I didn't know. If I had input, despite being a new member, I was always heard and sometimes encouraged to provide new input that may not have been noticed before. It was a very collaborative environment. Great company to get your foot in the door.

    Cons

    Everyone is pretty much a contractor and therefore barrier of entry into the company become both a pro and a con. Easier for exposure, but difficult for full time career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would advise management to invest more in their employees by deciding quicker who deserves full time and who should get cut loose.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Wolves in sheeps clothing.

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

    I worked at Autodesk (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    They hire hard-working, highly intelligent and dedicated employees in a global company.

    Great benefits, nice life/work and opportunities to volunteer hours.

    Cons

    Management, often floundering and directionless, drunk on the "Cool Aid".

    Poor development. Little/no chance to advance or segue into new role.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You go through the motions of being "Nice"...but in reality we were treated poorly; no advancement, over-worked and "razor-sharp focus" resulted in narrow-mindedness.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    I worked at Autodesk as a Senior Software Engineer from 1996 to 2010

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Rafael, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Rafael, CA

    I have been working at Autodesk

    Pros

    Highly successful, solid company, over 30 years in business. Salaries, bonuses and vacation time are fair and at market levels. 6 week paid sabbatical every 4 years is a great benefit and motivation to stay on long-term. Internal opportunities for career growth are good also. There is a solid development and IT infrastructure and a well disciplined development process in place. You will be working alongside talented and dedicated coworkers in a vibrant working environment. Autodesk products are world class and widely adopted worldwide. The location at One Market is great and if you live in Marin County there are offices there as well.

    Cons

    Periodic layoffs over the years were unnerving and adversely impacted morale. Release schedules can be stressful, but that comes with the territory, for the most part.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    I look forward to Mondays.

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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 as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    The warmth of the people and my team. Such an approachable and casual vibe. All mixed in with the awesomeness of Autodesk's products, services, and name. You not only survive (whether it'd be a generous compensation or courteous benefits), but also thrive along.

    Cons

    Occasionally free food here and there, but not all the time. It'd be nice to at least have free snacks in stock.

    And although I understand hiring contract workers is prominent, it'd be nice to convert them ASAP! Especially those who love it here and want to keep on contributing.

    Virtual reality/online meetings are convenient, but strange at the same time. Most of my teammates are all over the place, so it's understandable. I guess it takes some time to get used to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just keep on learning from your employees, as they are learning from you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. 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 a 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
  8.  

    Great company, a lot of respect and empowerment.

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    Current Employee - Junior Business Systems Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Junior Business Systems Analyst in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Great culture as a whole. Really tries to make employees learn as much as possible.
    Team members are encouraging
    Pay is Ok

    Cons

    Although many talented individuals work for the company, hiring decisions is 50% contribution and 50% networking
    Somewhat hiearchichal
    clear distinctions between contractors and full time employee recgonitions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to people who are working hard as contractors

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. 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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    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
  10.  

    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 a 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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Autodesk is a great place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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 a 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.

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