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Autodesk is a great company to be a team player on.

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Technical Consultant in San Rafael, CA
Current Employee - Technical Consultant in San Rafael, CA

I have been working at Autodesk

Pros

Great company to work for. Large, great pay. You can find plenty of opportunity in this company. You will be able to work with your work schedule. If you need to work form home or move, there may be a time when you need to request more flexibility to accommodate life changing events that you are going through. They may be able to work with you on this.

Cons

Very large company, very big, some times to big.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Lead by example, listen closely.

Recommends
Approves of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good benefits and location but very weak management and limited growth opportunities

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

    I worked at Autodesk

    Pros

    The benefits package and location if you live in the North Bay Area are the best reasons to work at Autodesk. This is the only software company close to San Francisco north of the Golden Gate Bridge.

    Vacation time-sabattical, 401-K matching, healthcare benefits, training, ESPP, and generally a lot of decent people working there are other good reasons.

    Cons

    The downside to working at Autodesk is pretty much known by all who work there. Management is very weak or out of control because they are not held accountable by HR or upper management and C level.

    Autodesk swings too radically between being overly consensus oriented (70%) on decision making or overly aggressive with out-of-control power hungry managers (20%). Lets' give the remaining 10% to managers that belong elsewhere.

    Consensus oriented = decisions are never firm if exists at all because no one either is confident enough to make a decision or no one knows whose responsibility it belongs to
    Agressive managers = those who run their own empire like a dictator and can get away with just about anything

    It seems you get one or the other when it comes to where you land within Autodesk. There are some good managers at Autodesk but few. The good managers are over looked for the aggressive, or complacent-consensus oriented when it comes time to promotions.

    Lastly, it seems Autodesk is infatuated like many other companies at hiring from outside instead of providing more opportunities within. If you want to get promoted at Autodesk, the best way is either leave the company and come back (a famous tradition at Autodesk) or move to another division within Autodesk. The grass really is greener on the other side applies here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on accountability, carry through on programs and projects.

    There are too many managers at the director, senior, and VP levels that have been around too long and are seen by most beneath them as dead weight. These senior level managers and VPs often are decent visionaries but do not know how to execute and get rewarded for pretty awful performance. This creates this attitude of reward for poor performance in their ranks all the way down the ladder.

    Set the bar much higher!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    I used to love working at Autodesk, but not anymore

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Business Manager in San Rafael, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Business Manager in San Rafael, CA

    I have been working at Autodesk

    Pros

    There are wonderful, smart people working at Autodesk. The benefits are good.

    Cons

    The senior leaders of the company are making bad decisions. They promote the wrong people and keep week leaders around for years. They do not believe in promoting from within, and force people to leave the company to advance their careers. They don't seem to know how to integrate companies they acquire.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a hard look at your VPs and senior leaders, regardless of how many years they've been at Autodesk. Stop acquiring companies without figuring out how to properly integrate them into the company. Stop paying lip-service to "employee engagement" surveys and do something that will actually motivate your employees. Promote deserving internal people into higher positions. Stop rewarding incompetence and bad leadership.

    Disapproves of CEO
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