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Fun, solid and reliable company.

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Current Employee - Marketing Manager in San Rafael, CA
Current Employee - Marketing Manager in San Rafael, CA

I have been working at Autodesk

Recommends
No opinion of CEO
Recommends
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Strong company with solid financials. Recognized leader in design software with interest in new technologies and business models.

Cons

Overall, corporate culture promotes team consensus on decisions which can delay or confuse decision-making. Also, culture promotes work environment sensitive to others, meaning that it is sometimes difficult to be direct. CEO is more of a technologist and idea-inspired person than a compelling visionary or leader. Autodesk has difficulty breaking bad habits developed over 25 years - fairly calcified business operations.

Advice to Management

Shake-up the business model faster. Be more demanding of the channel. We have shared customers and the sales channel has to relinquish some of its control of customer information.

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  1. Helpful (4)

    Autodesk: A stable but boring place to work

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Waltham, MA

    I have been working at Autodesk

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Autodesk provides the benefits of a large company: good benefits and a stable work environment.

    Cons

    There is no clear (or any?) path for career advancement. Of course, like so many companies, the vast majority of new hires have been in Shanghai. With no influx of junior programmers, there is not much opportunity for advancement. At least in our development organization, the hierarchy is very shallow. There are very few managers. Most "senior" software engineers comprise a team of one.

    Advice to Management

    We are a software company. The people who actually develop the software should be shown more respect. Experienced developers, many of whom hold PhDs, should get decent offices and not be arranged this silly open environment that looks more appropriate for a call center. The less satisfies creative people are, the less creative they become.


  2. Helpful (4)

    It's a great company if you can insulate yourself from the politics.

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    Former Employee - Web Developer in San Rafael, CA
    Former Employee - Web Developer in San Rafael, CA

    I worked at Autodesk

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There are a lot of opportunities for growth, and managers are very open to helping their employees develop towards a position they'd like to eventually try out elsewhere in the company. If you get in on a product team, you're set. If you work on a small enough team, your tenure will probably be pretty fun.

    Other good things: they allow dogs on the premises, they have good benefits, their branding colors are a cool blue, and there's a decent culture.

    Cons

    If you're pulled into the politics, it's hell. There are some bad apples in upper management positions that have zero respect for the little guys. Also, if you get pulled into the IT cube life, it can quickly deaden you.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be jackasses. Pay more attention to what individuals are doing to contribute. We're not just statistics.


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