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Autodesk Reviews

Updated May 21, 2018
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  • good salary, work life balance etc (in 257 reviews)

  • Flexible work hours and work from home options as well (in 58 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "Great company, great people"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    amazing people, exciting projects, very transparent management, work life balance, 6 weeks sabbatical, annual tech summits, UX summits, various platforms (Lyyda, Pluralsight..) for learning new technologies.

    Cons

    none that I can think of. Autodesk really cares about its employees. I highly recommend Autodesk.

    Advice to Management

    I am happy to see that we are focusing on subscription platform and cloud solutions and I hope we stay focused and deliver the results very quickly.

    Autodesk Response

    Feb 15, 2018 – Talent Brand & Social Media Manager

    Thank you for your review! We always love learning about everyone’s experience so that we can create the best environment possible for our employees.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Customer Success Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Success Manager
    Current Employee - Customer Success Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Autodesk full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Autodesk has a great company culture, great people, interesting work, and really strong senior leadership. Autodesk offers many professional development opportunities and promotes innovative ideas.

    Cons

    Like any technology company, things change very quickly at Autodesk. It can be challenging to stay on top of all the tech and people changes. Overall, still a great place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Be more empathetic to your employees about the amount of change the company has been through and how difficult that can be to deal with.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Senior Manager"

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

    I have been working at Autodesk full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial environment with lots of smart and collaborative staff. CEO has strong vision for businesses and will drive the company to success over time bringing disruptive technologies to market.

    Cons

    Evaluations come down to a popularity contest and not a review of achieving goals. Restructuring and reorganizations are too frequent and highly disruptive. Staff feels no job security leaving many to search for other, more stable environments and turn-over being very high.

    Advice to Management

    Re-evaluate the review process to be more fact-based and less subjective. Ensure staff are being measured on defined goals, not some leader's preference or how much they like/don't like a staffer. 360 review process does not do a fair job in certain instances and middle management tends to look the other way when peers share their preferences instead of referring to goals achieved.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "NEW CEO changed it all"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Rafael, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Rafael, CA

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

    Pros

    Compensation and stock price is high => nice package

    Cons

    constant restructuring with inconsistent investment strategy; American driven decision making


  5. Helpful (8)

    "Very hard to grow"

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

    I have been working at Autodesk full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Well defined vision that clearly trickles down, good amenities, nice offices with exceptional locations

    Cons

    Extremely difficult to get promoted and deflated job titles. Expect to be a manager forever with virtually no line to grow in seniority in title due to the de-emphasis on titles and promotions. When change happens, the people already in charge get the opportunities. It's almost impossible to become a director unless you come in externally.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to appeal to a younger, ambitious and talented workforce, you are going to need to be more generous with title promotion opportunities.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Overall positive experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Autodesk full-time

    Pros

    Work-life balance
    Supportive peers
    Office location
    401k matching
    Stock purchasing program

    Cons

    Many semi retired lifers
    No meals or drinks provided
    Political


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Amazing products, talented people, but difficult culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Autodesk full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working with highly skilled people who know the industry deeply. The products created are amazing and well recognized in the industry. Customers are highly engage and passionate about the tools. Offices are beautiful and well located.

    Cons

    Highly political culture that moves slowly. Re-orgs happen frequently, causing employees to feel insecure in their jobs, often resulting in unproductive behaviors and finger pointing. Many extremely talented people leave the company to find more productive and collaborative environments elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Build a culture where both tech and design quality are both considered critical. Stop with the re-orgs and shifting priorities.

  8. "Great place to work"

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

    I have been working at Autodesk full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance
    Pay
    Hard work = reward
    Good people
    Challenging

    Cons

    Slow growth
    Difficult to change culture

    Advice to Management

    Grow employees


  9. "It's All Good!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Autodesk full-time

    Pros

    Autodesk is a fabulous company to work for - it's not perfect - but overall it's a great company to work for. It's a requirement that you give it your all/work hard - but I've fortunate to work for management chains that get it - and also support the work life balance.

    Cons

    Autodesk is going through lots of changes at this time...but I feel confident that we're moving in the right direction. Although change is scary to many people - I feel that it's an exciting time.


  10. "It is fun and very "meaningful" to work for Autodesk"

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

    I have been working at Autodesk full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Meaningful work. You have effect on human's quality of work and life
    - Great work and life balance
    - Good benefits. Good perks
    - Great company culture
    - Great offices.

    Cons

    - VERY political
    - Hard to get promotion/ advancements
    - Not good middle management

    Advice to Management

    Let people know they can grow in ADSK. Get A player and middle managers


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