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Interesting products, and talented staff, but mostly incompetent senior management & executive team

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, NH
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, NH

I have been working at Autodesk

Pros

Strong compensation package.
Generous sabbatical program.

Cons

Autodesk is a highly political organization. Those who get ahead commit tremendous energy internal manipulation and consolidation of personal power - not concerned with customers or their reports. It is a highly competitive environment where there is always a looser. You move up by pushing someone else down. Cooperation and teamwork are mostly foreign concepts in this highly siloed organization.

Many senior managers, directors, and executives got to where they are because of persistence and ruthless dedication to self aggrandizement inside that like minded leadership group - not because of talent, accomplishments, or support of those that report to them. The result is a large pool of talented individual contributors that are mostly not able or allowed to do their best work.

In the last 3 years, during the economic crisis, both layoffs and internal austerity measures where extensive, while - during the same period - additional layers of management structure were added. This has resulted in great frustration, low moral, and an employee / management relationship that could be described as confrontational. Many feel betrayed by those at the helm, and are simply biding time until the job market picks up. Departures have risen in the last year, and I expect them to rise dramatically in the coming months and years.

As mentioned in another review I read, Carl has a narrow focus that seems to randomly shift between groups & projects - often at a very detailed level. The impression is there's no one leading the company as one team. Autodesk feels like a loose confederation of often competing independent companies, all continually jockeying for the lead in an internal power strugle.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Value cooperation over competition.
Reduce management structure - flatten the organization.
Create conditions for skilled people to do their jobs as they see fit, rather than exert management control over and intervention in individual projects.
Stop reacting and take the lead in product innovation.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Just don't expect to know what is going on

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Charlottesville, VA
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Charlottesville, VA

    I worked at Autodesk

    Pros

    Good perks for this type of job - and very even across levels of employment. Fitness reimbursement, stock options, sabbaticals, etc.

    Cons

    Ok place, but consistent feeling that one hand has no idea what the other is doing. Very scattered and uninspired leadership around new initiatives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to key employees. Not everyone expects a manager's salary in order to give sound business advice. Some employees just actually care about doing it right

    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Excellent people, good pay, not enough responsibilities and ownership of work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Novi, MI
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Novi, MI

    I have been working at Autodesk

    Pros

    People are smart and fun to work with. Genuinely nice people.
    Pay is pretty good, comparable with Bay Area levels.
    Great work-life balance most times.
    Excellent benefits.

    Cons

    Poor quality of senior management and leadership.
    Too many older people. Need more young blood.
    Need more trained managers.
    Often, lot of planning and talking, but not enough action.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize and retain talent. Else you will be obsolete quickly. Learn how to create efficiencies in organizations.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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