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Autodesk Overview

Headquarters San Rafael, CA
Size 5001 to 10000 Employees
Founded 1982
Type Company - Public (ADSK)
Industry Information Technology
Revenue $2 to $5 billion (USD) per year
Autodesk is a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software. People across the manufacturing, architecture, building, construction, education, and media and entertainment industries—including the last 20 Academy Award winners for Best Visual ... More

Mission: Autodesk’s mission is to build software tools to enable people to experience their ideas before they are real.

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Autodesk – Why Work For Us?

Change is all around us, from a global population boom and spiraling energy costs to worldwide commoditization and climate change. The environment in which we live is rapidly shifting, and that change means opportunity. Now more than ever, design is the great competitive differentiator.

As a world leader in 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software, Autodesk helps customers address these challenges by providing the tools to help seize opportunities created by a new global business environment.

Innovative. Rewarding. Respectful. These are words we hear every day from employees about life at Autodesk.

To empower our customers with technology that impacts the world, we start by empowering our employees to make a difference.

We encourage Autodesk employees to demonstrate their expertise, communicate honestly, and be a bit of a genius. Autodesk employees are free to share opinions and know that they will be respectfully listened to.

And in exchange? Well, that’s where things get interesting.

Our vision for people at Autodesk is to unleash talent and potential to drive business success. With challenging work, global teams, hands-on training, and robust leadership programs, we make it easy for you to determine where you want to go and how to get there.

Because each of us have different needs and lifestyles, Autodesk offers a variety of benefits. A rewarding career and personal life depend in part on good health and peace of mind. Autodesk offers high-quality health insurance plans, survivor and income protection plans and flexible spending accounts as part of our flexible benefits program.

In addition to a challenging and satisfying career, we need time to relax with friends and family, as well as flexibility and support for personal needs. We have a variety of paid time off programs, including sabbatical, vacation and holidays (including the week of rest in December).


Base Salary
As an aggressive contender for talented employees around the world, Autodesk understands the importance of highly competitive base pay programs. Pay studies are conducted annually to make sure our base pay programs stay on the leading edge.

Autodesk Incentive Program

Autodesk’s annual incentive program is designed to reward achievement of individual and business unit objectives. As with any incentive plan, participation is not automatic, and all incentive payments are contingent on individual job performance and on Autodesk meeting its overall business and financial objectives.

"Autobucks" are cash and non-cash bonuses awarded to individuals or teams. They are a way for managers to thank employees for notable results or a special effort. Non-cash awards are items of value given to employees that may include dinners, theater tickets, gift certificates, or trips.

Stock Options

Through our stock option programs, Autodesk may grant options to employees upon hire and periodically award stock options to select employees to recognize exceptional performance.

Restricted Stock Units (RSUs) 

Employees may periodically receive restricted stock units (RSUs) in recognition of exceptional performance or promotions.

Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP)

Our Employee Stock Purchase Plan provides eligible employees an opportunity to purchase Autodesk common stock at a discount, through payroll deductions. You can elect to contribute up to 15 percent of your eligible compensation towards the purchase of stock.

401(k) Plan

The Autodesk 401(k) Plan encourages you to accumulate savings for retirement through convenient pretax payroll deductions and generous company contributions. You are eligible to participate in Autodesk’s 401 (k) Plan on your date of hire!

Employee Pretax Contribution

Eligible employees may contribute up to 50 percent of compensation on a pretax basis, subject to the annual IRS limit. Your pretax contributions vest immediately.

Company Matching Contributions

Autodesk matches 75 percent of the first $6,000 you contribute. To receive the maximum annual company matching contribution of 4,500, you must contribute at least $6,000 during the plan year. 

Health Care Benefits

Autodesk’s flexible benefits program allows you to choose the benefits and coverage levels that best meet your needs and those of your family.

Medical Options
Autodesk offers a wide variety of medical plans which differ in their costs, coverage levels, and specific plan provisions. Depending on your geographical location, your choices may include the following:

  • Preferred Provider Organization (PPO)/Point of Service (POS) - The PPO or POS plans allow you to use any licensed provider you wish, but pays higher benefits when you see one in the PPO or POS network.
  • Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) or Exclusive Provider Organization (EPO) - An HMO or EPO Plan provides a high level of benefits but requires you to use only HMO or EPO providers—except in emergencies.

Vision Options
Vision care benefits are automatically included with you and your dependents’ medical plan enrollment.

Dental Options
Autodesk offers two dental options which differ in their coverage levels and specific plan provisions. Dental options include the following:

  • Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) - A dental PPO allows you to use any licensed dentist. However, dentists in the PPO network provide dental services according to a reduced fee schedule, thereby lowering your out-of-pocket costs.
  • Dental Maintenance Organization (DMO) - The DMO option provides a high level of benefits but requires you to use only DMO dentists.

Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs)
The FSA Plan allows you to pay for certain health-care and dependent-care expenses on a tax-free basis. Employees must re-enroll in the FSA Plan during open enrollment to participate in the following plan year.

  • FSA Health Care - You are eligible to set aside pretax dollars to pay for eligible medical, dental, and vision expenses not covered by health insurance for you and your eligible dependents, up to a maximum amount per calendar year.
  • FSA Dependent Care - You are eligible to set aside pretax dollars to pay for work-related dependent care expenses, such as licensed day care, up to a maximum of $5,000 per calendar year. Autodesk subsidizes 30 percent of your FSA Dependent Care election if your household income is less than the designated maximum for the plan year.

Survivor Income Plans

Employee Life/AD&D Insurance
Autodesk contributes enough to your benefits to allow you to purchase one times your annual salary for both life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) coverage. You may choose from the following levels of coverage: $50,000, or one to eight times your annual salary – up to a maximum of $2,000,000 each for life and AD&D coverage. You may elect different coverage amounts for life and AD&D. 

Business Travel Accident Insurance
Autodesk automatically provides you with business travel accident insurance in the amount of two and one-half times your annual salary. Please refer to our Total Rewards Program document for further information.

Income Protection Plans

Sick Leave
It’s important to take the time to get well when you’re sick or injured. Autodesk does not strictly limit the number of sick days used because we trust you to use your sick leave responsibly. Certain restriction do apply, please refer to our Total Rewards Program document for further information.

Medical Leave—Short-Term Disability (STD)
Autodesk supplements state disability benefits (if applicable), allowing you to continue to receive a total of 100 percent of your regular salary for up to 30 calendar days if you’ve been employed at Autodesk for less than one year, or 90 calendar days if you’ve been employed at Autodesk for one year or more.

Medical Leave—Long Term Disability (LTD)
If you are disabled for more than 90 calendar days, you may be eligible for LTD benefits. LTD benefits, along with any other disability benefits that you receive, are coordinated to provide a monthly benefit of 50 percent of your monthly pre-disability earnings. For more information, please refer to our Total Rewards Program document.

Taking Time Off

When you work as hard as we do at Autodesk, you need time to play, relax, and renew. Autodesk provides regular employees with paid time off to help you find that work/life balance.

Autodesk employees get a six week paid sabbatical every four continuous years of full-time U.S. Autodesk employment.

In addition to observing the major holidays, we also get paid time off for the annual “week of rest” from Christmas Eve through New Year’s Day.

Full-time employees accrue one day of vacation per month, up to a maximum balance of twenty-four days.

Adoption Assistance

To help offset the costs of adopting a child, Autodesk reimburses up to $5,000 per child for eligible expenses not covered by other resources.

Other Optional Benefits

Autodesk also offers several optional benefit programs to enable you to meet your specific personal needs. These programs are available nationwide and include:

  • Group legal services
  • Group long-term care insurance
  • Group auto and home insurance
  • Group pet insurance
  • Transportation program

Our Mission

Autodesk believes in being a responsive community partner. Through our products, values and actions we strive to build and foster healthy, sustainable communities. The mission of Community Relations is to improve and enrich the lives of those in need by supporting vital community programs. We care. It’s what we do. 

Our Focus

Autodesk plays a global philanthropic role by responding to community needs in the areas of health, education, arts and the environment. Established in 1989, the Autodesk Community Relations program offers assistance to qualifying nonprofit organizations through monetary donations, in-kind contributions and volunteerism.

Autodesk Reviews

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    I worked at Autodesk full-time (More than 3 years)


    We were purchased by Autodesk. They helped keep our internal culture alive and even helped us expand it into their culture.


    It's a little stuffy. There are programmers that have been there and nowhere else for 20 years, which sounds great unless you're a programmer. It means they allow stagnation.

    Advice to Management

    Go make something. Don't keep swallowing your paycheck and forget that you are meant to facilitate something amazing.

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    Summer Legal Interview

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    I applied online. I interviewed at Autodesk.


    Started with a phone screener, applied via linkedin. Standard interview, got a callback which was via skype around 3 weeks later. Spoke to 4 people, including a prior legal intern who is now working full-time there (although this is a rarity). Didn't get the position, but everyone was nice and there was nothing meant to intimidate you.

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Autodesk Awards & Accolades

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  • Top 100 Best Places to Work in IT - Midsize (4), ComputerWorld, 2015
  • Best Places to Work in IT (Midsize Employers), ComputerWorld, 2015
  • 25 Best Global Companies to Work For, Fortune, 2015
  • 100 Best Companies to Work For, Fortune, 2015
  • Fortune 500, Fortune, 2015
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