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Great People, Dysfunctional Management

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Former Employee - User Experience Designer in San Francisco, CA
Former Employee - User Experience Designer in San Francisco, CA

I worked at Autodesk full-time (More than 5 years)

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Great people doing the actual work. Most are highly committed to the products they are making and the industries they are serving. Lots of great ideas.

Cons

Constant reorganizations
poor communication up and down the management chain
little opportunity for advancement
a tendency to throw the baby out with the bathwater every time there is some new direction
lots of internal politics by managers trying to please their managers

Advice to Management

Calm down
Respect experienced staff
Empower your brilliant people. Give them more autonomy and responsibility rather than smother them with layers of approvals and reporting.
Stop spending thousands to feel like you are saving money when you are only saving hundreds

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  1. Politic plays a great role in the company!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    people are generally nice to work with.

    Cons

    - Managers have no competency whatsoever and they are managers because of years they worked in Autodesk.
    - HR is definitely one sided people - managers.. so unreal how bad it gets.
    - Some people are just rude, demanding, crazy boss - wish I can name them
    - They have small ALL the time so, it doesn't hit the market and lower the stock value - deceiving

    Advice to Management

    to make the company into next level, you need to let go people who have been there more than 15 years.. they are ruining the company.


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    Autodesk means well....

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Rafael, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Rafael, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Really great and smart people. It is a very respectful environment. Established and good employee programs - benefits etc. Some locations are very cool - Market Street, Pier 9, .Tel Aviv.
    it is an organization that values people, is respectful and wants to succeed.
    Working hard in some orgs to transform the business - feels like pushing a boulder up the hill.
    Some leaders are great and some are so weak it is almost a joke.

    Cons

    Political, allows people to float through the company, not great at bringing in new talent. CEO team is too engrained in the past - they are invested in the status quo. Not incented to do anything innovative.
    Carl Bass is smart and a great technical leader. They need a true visionary with some energy as CEO.
    No vision in the CTO org....it is more of a playground. How does that translate into important innovation or revenue.
    Pier 9 really?? spend millions and cannot hire new talent because there is not budget?....come on.....

    Advice to Management

    You are living in the most forward thinking technology geographic area in the world. You have an older org....nice and stable and stable. In comparison to your talent rivals you are a bit boring. too policy driven. While it is great you want to be fair to all employees - it is OK if one site is different from another. You can give hot dogs at lunch in Toronto (as an example I don't think they want hot dogs in Toronto) and not give them in Montreal! we are not a socialist nation.
    Reward wildly....give the high performers exceptional and delightful rewards! Make them want to stay and innovate. Quit rewarding mediocre employees.
    AND - change out some Sr leaders....yes you - on the CEO staff and others....shake it up. You brag about going through a transformation with the same leadership team - maybe not a good idea....?
    too concerned about the street and the reaction to our business.....my gosh take a chance! how can you ask your employees to be creative when you are not? Create some energy and have some fun.
    Hire someone to lead engineering - stop the conflicting goals of the divisions.....do you know the angst it causes and the wasted resources???? open your eyes Carl.


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