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Overall good, but each group has its own unique dynamics that can cause much unnecessary strain on the job.

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Former Employee - Product Manager in Boston, MA
Former Employee - Product Manager in Boston, MA

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

Pros

Great benefits such as a sabbatical after four years. Really interesting technology. Overall there is a flexible, family friendly work environment, but it is somewhat dependent on the group you are part of. Lots of training classes which are quite helpful, but trying to find time and approval to attend can be difficult

Cons

It can be very political. More than it needs or should be. That causes much stress. Groups are reorganized quite frequently often with good intentions, but the extra strain it causes has an impact on getting work done. As a result of these changes some people are put into managerial positions that they should not be in.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Pay close attention to how and how often groups are reorganized and workers shuffled around. Change is often good, but sometimes too much change is overly disruptive even if it is done to move a company in a promising direction.

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Once a place of varied and inspired culture, now moving towards lock-step corporate.

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    Former Employee - Software Developer
    Former Employee - Software Developer

    I worked at Autodesk full-time

    Pros

    Working remotely is accepted, though you may lose your desk spot if you do it too much. Many of the people you will work with in the lower rungs of the culture are warm and friendly. Hours are fairly loose, there isn't a lot of judgement around that as long as you get your work done. The products are well established and processes are well defined, so there is stability and predictability around your work. Benefits are very good.

    Cons

    In the earlier days many people brought their dogs and personal items to work, individuals had offices, there was a very loose dress code, and unique individuality was encouraged. Lately this has been replaced with "open" workspace areas (read fitting more people in less space), a shift towards more corporate khaki/button up culture, and much less individual expression in the office. It seems that the higher positions in this company are becoming more money hungry.

    Unfortunately since it's such a large company, they can afford to peg individuals in very specific roles, with little flexibility for learning new skills or branching out. The pay is OK, but don't expect much of an increase year-over-year unless you're a ladder climber who can drown out others and make yourself visible to those a few rungs above you. It doesn't really matter how much work you get done - it's about inflating your image and being seen.

    One of the changes in the past few years was relying heavily on offshore teams to get work done for less money. Expect to work with teams overseas who can't use english well enough to write decipherable emails or be understood in late-night conference calls. Your email will be lit up all night long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be up front about what type of company this is now, what you expect from employees, and what you are willing to give.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Company with Great Benefits Only

    • 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 (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Review for Autodesk Americas
    -I don't think there is a competitor out there for Autodesk currently, strong company to weather the storms.
    -6 week sabbatical
    -Gives you $300 to use towards gym membership
    -Can bring your dog to work
    -work/life flexible is pretty flexible, but depending on your manager.
    -Overall, the perks are very decent. You cannot really complain about perks at Autodesk.

    Cons

    -Tons of internal politics, leading to bad middle management. The culture here is, "it's not what you know, it's who you know." I've been around for 8 years and under 5 different managers. I can only vouch for 1 that I can say earn his salary.
    -I witness hiring of new employees and managers, and most of the time, I sit and just shake my head and ask how did they ever get this job. Again, it's who you know.
    -One manager was trying to win a prize on the radio during work and is still employ to this day. It's also sad to know that everyone in the department knows that the best thing she is good at, is ordering food. It's also sad to know that her manager knows this and will not let her go, "a lot of red tape to go through."
    -Another employee has been employed for over 10 years and how she gets her work done is to ask 2-4 different employees to complete her work. She reaps the credit and then complains about those same employees if they did her work incorrectly. And get this, she still asks new temp hire's to train her in systems she has been working on for those past 10 years. Again, her manager knows this as well as the whole department, but she is still here.
    -We have employees here just collecting a good pay check and stocks and of course medical insurance by doing the bare minimum to nearly nothing. They walk their dog 10 times a day. 10 smoke breaks. 10 coffee breaks. 1 hour lunch. 15 minutes legal law breaks for 8 hours of work. Just to name a few. Where do you find the time to put in "work" at your job?
    -You ever seen the movie Office Space where they have the two independent audit guys come ask every employee "What it is do you do here?" If that happens here, you will start seeing better hiring.

    I love the company and do recommend you come work here, but expect the politics and dumb employees as well as dumb employees trying to sound smart. The company is doing great because there is no competition, so top executives tend to ignore what's going on below.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use your annual employee review survey and start a firing process of management. Include questions on the survey such as, Do you think the manager you report to is entitled to his/her position? why/why not?

    Give managers the ability to start letting employees go, no "red tape," who do not perform up to standard. Like Zappos, offer those poor performance employees $2-5K to leave. It's a drag on the team, on the dept and on the company. I rather pay the employees a full year of salary and they don't come back rather than keeping them around for the next 10 years.

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