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3 people found this helpful  

disappointing

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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

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  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    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
  2. 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
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