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Updated September 21, 2017
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Pros
  • Work life balance is always depends on the person (in 213 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
  • Long hours - no work life balance - no organisation from the management and no training on arrival (in 36 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. Featured Review

    Helpful (70)

    "Work/Life Balance + Opinions Matter"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great work/life balance and flexibility when needed
    Opportunity to voice concerns or ideas and management listens and helps to determine ways to bring the ideas to life
    People are genuinely nice and always willing to help or point in the right direction

    Cons

    Many people don't know how cool or awesome Autodesk is so there's a gap when trying to explain

    Advice to Management

    Keep promoting the Autodesk Brand and culture!


  2. "Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing place to work for. It is quite flexible in terms of working hours and I have seen a great work life balance!

    Cons

    Needs to speed up in terms of projects and processes

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Constant reorgs means constant uncertainty for your job"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Autodesk full-time

    Pros

    Not terrible hours, some very smart people, free snacks and coffee, occasionally have some cool events like design night that engages the public.

    Cons

    Lots of bureaucracy to get anything done. Lot of politics between groups. Company reorganizes more often than a teenager reorganizes her wardrobe. Terrible PTO policy.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of constantly trying to make all these grand vision changes, stop and listen to what your customers are saying and experiencing first.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Frequent management reorgs"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Autodesk full-time

    Pros

    Great technology and products
    Technical staff is very knowledgeable - many are experts in the field
    Excellent salaries and benefits

    Cons

    Company is in a constant state of reorganization - leaders changing and org charts being redrawn every 3-4 months. Reorgs seem to do little other than rearrange the chairs.
    Paralyzed by consensus decision making and many believing they can ignore direction until it is changed to suit their liking.
    Management afraid to lead - more worried about being liked than leading
    Uneven application of technology - some areas are very backward in their application of technology

    Advice to Management

    Clean house at the management level and stop focusing on your personal career needs


  5. "True work life balance"

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    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Pros

    There is great work-live balance here - I really feel like the company - at least on my team in my experience - understands that employees need to be whole individuals with life outside of work, in order to really succeed at work. There aren't any unwritten rules about working on the weekends or not taking breaks.

    Cons

    Once you're hired, it's really difficult to get a promotion.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent about opportunities and methods to advance.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Time of turmoil and transition"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Autodesk full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Great products
    Market leader
    Chance to work with latest technology as they transform their business

    Cons

    Company seems lost. No company culture to speak of. I was there for a year and was part of 2 reorgs. My initial group was disbanded after 6 months, and 6 months later my second group was shuffled; one third of us were laid off. Since the time we left, I have learned that more management re-shuffling has occurred. The IT department seems to be in disarray, and morale is low.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your IT staff as if they are a valued part of the company, not just a cost center.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Financial Analyst"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good benefits, great location, great team

    Cons

    Too many people and boring at times

    Advice to Management

    Give motivated individuals opportunities to grow

  8. "Marketing Operations Manager"

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

    I worked at Autodesk full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, paid sabbatical, learning experiences

    Cons

    Growth potential for the long term


  9. "Marketing Manager Intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great program for the interns

    Cons

    Ambiguous process for return offers


  10. "Good company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Autodesk full-time

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits, lots of energy

    Cons

    Highly matrixed organization, difficult to work in remote office


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