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Was a good company, but has degraded badly in the past few years.

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Current Employee - Software QA Analyst in Manchester, NH
Current Employee - Software QA Analyst in Manchester, NH

I have been working at Autodesk

Pros

The people here are GREAT...no problems there. Unfortunately, that's pretty much the only good thing any more. Oh, and that folks can bring their dogs in to work...but most folks are much too busy to do so any more.

Cons

Salaries are so-so, not great, especially considering the long hours that are really needed to get our jobs done. Nice bennies package, though. Stock has basically been horizontal for several years, so, unless something changes drastically in the market, there's not much opportunity for earnings beyond salary and bonus (although the ESPP is decent).
Division reorganizations every year or so are an incredible waste of time and energy...seems like a low cost-benefit ratio, and a lot of wasted time. Very Dilbert.
Reviews are now rather rigid here: 20% of people get an "A", 70% get a "C", and 10% get an "F"...even if your whole group is stellar, or even if they are awful, 20% of them will get a great bonus and pay increase, and 10% will get neither. Guess the thing to do is make sure you join an under-performing group, then you'll have an easy time getting an "A". Seems like this could be handled with a little more finesse.
Most folks I know are just biding their time, waiting to escape from what was once a great company to work for. We really miss Carol Bartz!

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Quit with the stupid re-org's, and quit drinking the Jack Welch Kool-Aid...we create software, we do not make lightbulbs...you cannot manage us like a manufacturing company and expect to be successful. Or, as many believe, are you really just ripening us for a takeover, so you can get your nice fat buyouts?

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Too much consensus, not enough accountability

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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

    Pros

    It's in Marin County
    You can bring your dog
    Autodesk has cool products

    Cons

    No career growth
    People seem to worry more about getting consensus than driving results
    Too many meetings and CYA
    Poor performers don't get managed out

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage people to take risks and worry less about getting everyone to agree to an approach. Groom people and promote from within.

    No opinion of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Like Movie Office Space

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager in San Rafael, CA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in San Rafael, CA

    I worked at Autodesk

    Pros

    Good pay. Great products with strong market position. Good benefits. Flexibility about work schedule.

    Cons

    Lack of senior management alignment, paralyzing indecision/lack of leadership combined with pressure to "get things done". Highly political, with success based on loyalty and insider maneuvering rather than what's good for company. Lots of old timers who ignore newcomers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire most of senior staff (VP/Senior Director level) and promote new blood: people who have ability to work together towards company goals rather than jockeying for your job. Enough with the cost cutting--tell Wall Street to screw themselves and focus on serving customers better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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