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Amazing Company!

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Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  San Francisco, CA
Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

Pros

People are really helpful.
Down to earth.
Very friendly work environment
Intelligent people all around.
Work Life balance is superb.

Cons

Need to have some free space to walk around sometimes it feels congested.
Need to have a bit more team events.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

The work is amazing. I really love the domains Autodesk touches. From Industrial Designs to Tissues amazing spectrum.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Plenty of opportunity

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Autodesk full-time

    Pros

    Great products, loyal customers and a good reputation as an employer. Flexible work environment (both location and hours), good benefits (including ESPP and sabbatical program). Career development opportunities available if you are willing to put in the effort and the hours.

    Cons

    Not very agile. Consensus-driven environment creates serious drag on progress. Poor job done by senior management to motivate employee base and create real momentum around business changes. A lack of investment in the back office has resulted in very dated and stretched organization.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Good firm, beware the Autodesk Antibodies of Change

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Autodesk full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great salary, great benefits, great stock options. If you're looking for a company to "dock into" and "work to live" (versus "live to work"), then Autodesk a GREAT company. It has a killer recipe for generating revenue, and protects that recipe at all costs. So the company is healthy, and the benefits are great.

    The customers LOVE the product. And the people that you work with, for the most part, are pretty great.

    For what it is (a technology commercialization firm), it does it very well.

    Cons

    In order to really thrive at Autodesk, you have to understand that Autodesk is NOT a technology development company. it's a technology commercialization company. The only real innovation that happens is around acquisition (of other technology) and (re)packaging of existing technology.

    And they definitely are not big fans of change. From the smallest internal change to the bigger, more systemic changes - the Autodesk Antibodies of Change (which are everywhere) will choke out any attempts at change in the company. It's not done overtly, but rather in a very silent, passive-aggressive manner. Which is pretty much the dominating cultural trait in the mid-senior levels of the company.

    The fear of disrupting the revenue flow permeates the management layer. They actually teach a leadership course where the primary objective is to teach the new leaders how the revenue flow works, with a half day spent on showing how many things can negatively impact or harm it. It drives every management decision and forces an incredibly conservative approach to nearly every aspect of running the business.

    So if you're looking for a company where you can step in and make great things happen...keep looking. Autodesk is not the place for you. Most folks who come in with new ideas or an agenda (wanting to grow, develop, advance), are often weeded out within 18-24 months. Risk-takers do not fare well here. The company thrives off of homeostasis, process and systems, and attempting to make any sort of novel impact is ...in a word...exhausting.

    Most of the 'deskers (employees) are with the company for 10+ years. They are heavily invested in keeping things (all things) the same.

    So change doesn't happen quickly - unless it's a re-org.

    Which happens about every year.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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