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Best company I've ever worked for or seen. Hands down.

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Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern  in  San Francisco, CA
Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Autodesk as an intern for less than a year

Pros

Amazing work environment with phenomenal facility at the San Francisco office.
Great company culture. (Comparable to Google/FB w/o all the crazy pressure)
Great pay with relaxed hours. (13th highest tech intern pay in bay area)
Serious opportunities for advancement.
Intensely customer driven progress model. Calls with customers to get real world real time feedback to keep your perspective fresh and innovative will be a weekly occurrence.
One of the best places to launch a career according to Forbes and I couldn't agree more.
Perks include 6 week mandatory paid sabbatical every 4 years in addition to standard paid time off.
Ability to work anywhere in the world as you advance and/or move around. Even the meetings with everyone in the same building are often telemeetings because the telemeeting abilities throughout this company are excellent.

Cons

Only one employee resource group (ERG) for women. No LGBT. No handicapable. No ethnic ERGs. The didn't provide housing to the interns and gave us a stipend instead. It created a huge hassle for me since I was only in the Bay Area for 3 months during a massing housing crunch. Most of the other tech companies do this for interns because it makes the experience so much less stressful and/or better. HUGE corporate structure. There are literally 100s of VPs, who report to ~10 Senior VPs who report to the CEO.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

None. Keep up the great work, particularly with the ecosystem model. It's power is really starting to launch things for this company.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Great people to work with and products that make a real impact.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Autodesk full-time

    Pros

    Hard working, friendly and dedicated employees. Strong culture of collaboration. Flexible work schedule. Respectful work environment. Smart people!

    Cons

    Matrixed organization can sometimes lead to duplication of initiatives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review and prioritize projects to ensure enough resources are provided to mitigate employee work/life balance issues and engagement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Has potential, terrible management and leadership

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Autodesk full-time

    Pros

    - Work life balance
    - good benefits and pay

    Cons

    - Finance organization is not a results driven organization and promotes based on perceived value and how upwards one communicates.
    - Distribution of work is not fair nor consistent across teams, and taking on additional responsibilities does not get recognized or acknowledged
    - Management lack the leadership and acumen to lead the company in the direction it needs to go and always seeming to be several steps behind
    - Too much politics, nothing ever gets done
    - Lacks innovation. High paying roles with little to no accountability promotes a workplace where people clock in and out and don't have the drive to innovate and compete
    - Incredibly inefficient but no one cares because they get paid well and has no pressure to change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start making your leadership team accountable and they might start caring about their jobs and get things done. We've become a sleepy company that's content with mediocrity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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