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Great place to work and Great people to work with!

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  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Business Analyst in San Rafael, CA
Current Employee - Business Analyst in San Rafael, CA

I have been working at Autodesk

Pros

* Great benefits package - love the sabbatical!
* Not afraid to try something new - always trying to find the next best way to do something
* Really, Really great people! These people have become like an extended family to me.

Cons

* Never seem to find a good path for promotion. Hard to move up if you are not in the inner circle
* Teams can be split across regions making for some long hours
* Vacation for long term employees! Sabbatcical is great but after being here 15+ years it would be ince to get more than 2 weeks vacation a year!

Advice to ManagementAdvice

* Offer more chances for promotion
* add more vacation time
* Listen to the imput provided by those not in the clouds...we see things you don't!
* Use Agile more...keep teams centralized...makes for a faster, more effecient way to do projects

Recommends
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    disappointing

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in San Rafael, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Rafael, CA

    I have been working at Autodesk

    Pros

    great benefits, great products, good location

    Cons

    male-oriented, political, few opportunities in senior positions for women in operations

    No opinion of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
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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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