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Great culture, and we help our customers design and create amazing things.

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Current Employee - Senior Manager, User Experience in San Francisco, CA
Current Employee - Senior Manager, User Experience in San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Autodesk full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

Autodesk is a global company with growing market share around the world. It has been consistently rated high in "best places to work" lists, and employees have a voice and are listened to by management. Experience and design are central to our mission, and there are opportunities in consumer-facing teams (iOS, Instructables) as well as professional markets (Architecture/Engineering, Product Design, Simulation) - there are even new groups working on 3D design tools for genetics and biotech.

Cons

Engineering-driven culture, but this is starting to change as cloud/social/mobile and "experience" play an increasing role in the company's goals.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    re-org fatigue is crippling many areas of this company

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    Current Employee - Marketing
    Current Employee - Marketing

    I have been working at Autodesk full-time

    Pros

    lots of people who are really talented and hard working

    Cons

    Management has constantly re-organized the company every year for the last 5 years. Result is chaos. No body knows what they're doing. Everytime people start working productively again, they pull the rug out again and everyone starts all over. It's amazing they haven't killed our business yet. Too much investment in future, unproven technology and business models while core businesses go begging for basic investment. This leaves major issues with customer satisfaction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pull your head out of the cloud for a few minutes every week and go talk to customers. Not the specially chosen customers, get a broader view. You are running away from a great business to be California cool, but go see the rest of the world where most of the design and engineering take place.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 7 people found this helpful  

    Big Co. Politics Rule

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Software Architect in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Architect in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Autodesk full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good smart people, trying to do their best
    Reasonable benefits but they have diminished over the years
    Flexible work hours in some areas of the business

    Cons

    Politics have taken over. The politically correct option overrules doing the right thing for the business, and the customer
    Technology and architecture takes a back seat to the manager's desire to manage up and make themselves look good
    The deep management structure makes it very difficult for technologists to get things done. The engineering teams sit idle waiting for management to dictate what or what not gets done
    Most of the management have lost their technology skills - yet they wont let anyone else make technology decisions. They protect their turf at all costs by playing politics with their team - unfortunately the technologists become scapegoats.
    Sadly, good technologists do not last very long, and leave for greener pastures.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company is slowly dying internally due to the politics. Talented technologists are choosing to leave because they cannot get things done in the politically rich environment. Ask yourselves why the outside world is running at such a faster rate than the company?. Ask yourselves why good technologists are leaving? Try to remember, technology is what will make or break the company. Reinvent yourselves to give technology and the technologists a role in the company direction. If the company continues to embrace politics and shun good technologists, how will it be able to compete?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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