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Autodesk Program Manager Reviews

Updated July 5, 2017
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Pros
  • Work life balance is always depends on the person (in 209 reviews)

  • You can work from home anytime you need to and every 4 years you have the sabbatical: 6 weeks of paid vacation (in 50 reviews)

Cons
  • Very hard to get promoted to Director and establish upward career path, hard to maintain decent work/life balance esp (in 34 reviews)

  • Much of the culture change being pushed with the business transformation is not being accepted at the middle management tier (in 42 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Project Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in San Rafael, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in San Rafael, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Autodesk full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I love the innovation, constant changes, and the flexibility

    Cons

    Too many legacy systems - slow to cut ties

    Advice to Management

    Look at ENTIRE landscape when launching new business models and strive for quicker and more complete integration.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Program Manager"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Autodesk full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great company with excellent benefits, ability to work as an independent person using company facilities.

    Cons

    Vacation time needs to be updated as everyone get 12 days per year from the start and if you work there 10, 20 years you still get 12 days. Everyone from entry level to CEO of the company gets the same vacation time.

    Advice to Management

    Look at all opportunities that are connected with each software application and give the development/Consulting teams the support/resources needed to be successful or get out of that business. Example Design vs MFG give each business unit the same level of internal support.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Definite pros and cons"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Autodesk full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Well-placed in market. Progressively moving to cloud and toward subscription. Good compensation package including annual bonus and sabbatical every 4 years.

    Cons

    Autodesk is, under the covers, many disparate teams -- some of which treat their employees better than others. Because Autodesk has grown through acquisitions, teams remain siloed, and coordinating across teams can be difficult. Further, Autodesk does periodic, and sometimes arbitrary, layoffs -- cutting teams, roles, even whole offices -- this can breed dissatisfaction and disloyalty.

    Advice to Management

    Treat individual employees better (less like a commodity). Don't function so hierarchically.


  4. "Sr manager"

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    Former Contractor - Senior Program Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Contractor - Senior Program Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Autodesk as a contractor (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits are a plus of working at Autodesk; most groups are supportive of working parents but not all are that great.

    Cons

    Bad managers and upper management are hard to get rid of. Can ruin entire teams because of poor management. Make sure you getting into a team with good management.

    Advice to Management

    You need more skip level meetings to truly understand what is going on at levels below you. And don't ask your management for names of people to speak with. They will only give you "yes" people to speak to.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "A Generally Great workplace compared to most!"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Autodesk full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I enjoy working here because it encourages very admirable values and you have excellent opportunities for exploring your career as well, should you determine that you are not best suited in the field you were hired into.

    Cons

    The overall company is amazing, but there are still some leaders that try to micromanage their employees for non-performance related reasons. This is not uncommon due to employees historically abusing freedom, but it can be stressful for employees that are hardworking and would benefit from being trusted more.

    Advice to Management

    Please try to consider that some employees might benefit from flex schedules due to family and health reasons. We will work nights and weekends as needed to get the work done. Work-life balance isn't just about what you do after 5pm and on the weekends, or about taking a vacation once or twice a year. I'd gladly skip all vacations if it just meant that I could spend an extra day once a week working remotely so that I could take care of my children's doctor's appointments, make sure that I got my doctor's appts taken care of and just basically be more productive due to one less day of 2+ hour each way commuting. San Francisco housing prices are absurdly high, and we don't all live there as a result.


  6. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Program/Project Manager in San Rafael, CA
    Former Employee - Program/Project Manager in San Rafael, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Autodesk (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people and opportunities for growth. Incredible breadth of exciting products and services. Innovative and design focused.

    Cons

    Lack of decision making and decision making by committee. Meetings culture.


  7. "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Wonderful culture. Direct Mission and great people.

    Cons

    Like most corporate jobs, maneuvering through company politics and bridging silos can be challenging.

  8. "More than a job"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in San Rafael, CA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in San Rafael, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Autodesk (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very smart people, very smart business... always changing and presenting new challenges.

    Cons

    If you work at Autodesk, work becomes your life. There is work/life balance (sort of) as long as work is never far behind.

    Advice to Management

    Remember your roots


  9. "Great place to work!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Channel Marketing Programs Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Channel Marketing Programs Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Autodesk full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Opportunities for employee development. Management truly values its employees feedback and takes actions annually. Very flexible work environments!

    Cons

    None that I can think of!


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Good Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Autodesk full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Opportunities exist everywhere as long as you establish a track record. You have to come in strong to get that necessary foothold. The career path is not clearly defined, but the opportunities exist.
    Flex time
    Sabbaticals

    Cons

    Management issues - leaders aren't held to the right standard and the impacts it has on teams is not considered enough. Passing a test to be a director doesn't prove you are right for the company. Some measurement is needed.
    Vacation time is limited so you have to plan your extra time off at the Christmas holiday.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on getting your leaders to the right level. Number one - make sure they are respected by their teams. If they aren't, you have a huge problem.