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Autodesk President, CEO, and Director Carl Bass
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Pros
  • Work/Life flexibility is not be confused with work/life balance (in 85 reviews)

  • Also a fair amount of telecommuting / work from home options depending on the group you're in (in 23 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/Life Balance is not as good as it could be (in 14 reviews)

  • Poor job done by senior management to motivate employee base and create real momentum around business changes (in 22 reviews)

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  1. Great experience

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly in Waltham, MA
    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great innovative work culture. Employees are helpful. Great employee development resources.

    Cons

    Differentiating contingent workforce and interns with full time employees.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce number of teleconference meetings


  2. Great work environment and attention to employee needs

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Autodesk full-time

    Pros

    Autodesk really goes the extra mile to ensure employees needs are met in terms of work space, meeting rooms, technology provided, food options, and extras. As mentioned in other reviews there is a good work-life balance and there is constant communication/interaction with upper management.

    Cons

    The challenges may be trying to accomplish certain projects or entrepreneurial initiatives. Autodesk's size has made if difficult to get things done quickly, it suffers from the same problems that other large tech companies go through in trying to evolve and keep pace with smaller start ups while maintaining market share.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Challenging work, smart colleagues, adequate compensation & benefits.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Software Engineer in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Software Engineer in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Autodesk full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Smart developers working on some of the more interesting and challenging kinds of applications. Senior management has a good direction for the company. Flexible environment--easy to work from home.

    Cons

    Salary increases and fringe benefits are meager. It doesn't feel like the company is growing. People in the office lack confidence in middle management.


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  5. Frustrating at times

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Business Manager in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Business Manager in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Autodesk full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Passionate people, good products and positioning in marketplace. Company's focus on cloud/mobile is exciting for the long term but the pendulum has swung too much towards it and current products are being neglected. Stock program is quite good and can make some extra $ from it.

    Cons

    Endless reorgs. People are moved around without regard for their skill set. Warning: If you accept a job (other than engineering) be warned that it your job won't be what you are doing 12 months later. Very very west coast centric. If you aren't in the SF office - you wont have much opportunity to grow. Too much reliance on "data". The amount of time put together creating dashboards, goal posts etc. is insane. Heavy overlap between different teams doing similar functions.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management needs to get out of the west coast and mingle with the other teams.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Software QA Analyst in Waltham, MA
    Current Contractor - Software QA Analyst in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They have a very flexible schedule, with ability to work remotely, required vacation time, a fair bit of contact with upper management, and they are constantly acquiring great and exciting companies!

    Cons

    Not many young people- they could do more university grads but great flexibility in the working environment and happy employees!

    Advice to Management

    As with any big company, the upper management could always be more transparent and the process could be less bureaucratic, but I think they are working to be more clear.


  7. Lots of support for new hires

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior User Experience Designer in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Senior User Experience Designer in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    New hires receive a good relocation package. Fellow employees and managers are very welcoming.

    Cons

    The commute to the Waltham office is tough -- it's a bit far from public transit...and anything else!

    Advice to Management

    Make it easier to get back and forth...an employee shuttle to the T. Working parents could use onsite day care. Because of the office location, there are few child care resources nearby.


  8. Helpful (3)

    An illustration in how a few individuals can create so many issues

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Autodesk full-time

    Pros

    Work life balance. Smart and talented employees who are passionate Decent benefits Modern Office Space

    Cons

    Leadership Years after the Revit acquisition the direction is largely set by a team that came from a long discontinued and dead end product line. They promote and defend each other to the exclusion of all others. Decision making takes forever - everything has to be run up and down the line by sycophantic middle managers who just rubber stamp trying to please their boss. Productivity and moral suffer despite multiple visits from consultants, internal surveys, and huge delivery failures. More than half the time in a week is devoted to bureaucratic overhead and micromanagement. Expect little in the way of tuition re-imbursement, travel, conferences, software while the favored clic blow millions on failed projects outside the companies core competency. The main issues and individuals are never dealt with - more like a government agency than a private company. Talented people have been leaving at a high rate and new hires quickly realize the mistake they made. Still no changes.

    Advice to Management

    Go back and re-read some of the consultant reports. Pay attention to exit interviews. Deal with the obvious problem managers/directors rather than just re-shuffle the same deck. Break up the leadership clics. Adopt some modern development practices such as Agile.


  9. Great people, great benefits, great experience

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great trust with employees (I worked remotely) - unlimited sick days - telecommuting benefits (could work from home 2 days a week) - Great managers - Talented employees

    Cons

    - A layoff a year it seems - Many managers as a result

    Advice to Management

    - Don't be so layoff happy!


  10. Peaceful Company

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Software Engineer in Waltham, MA
    Current Intern - Software Engineer in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Autodesk as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Most of people are very helpful. There seems to be no pressure on employees.

    Cons

    It feels some employees stand against changes proposed by the market.

    Advice to Management

    Keep creativity awake among employees.


  11. Helpful (7)

    Right change in strategy - poor execution as usual.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Waltham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Autodesk full-time

    Pros

    - Major change in strategy laid out clearly. - Great pay and stock plan. - Vacation and other benefits are so-so but ok. - Global reach and usually get to work with very smart people.

    Cons

    - Disastrous execution of reorg. - Good growth (>50%) products getting sidelined due to VP's pet project. - Weak middle management that does not question upper management decisions or edicts. - Very very political. Cannot be honest. - Fringe benefits are gone. No more dogs in most offices. No drinks or snacks. - Travel is a pain.

    Advice to Management

    Cloud thing is over done.



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