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Updated February 19, 2018
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Pros
  • good salary, work life balance etc (in 239 reviews)

  • Culture, Benefits such as sabbaticals, work from home allowed depending on manager (in 55 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "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. "Software Engineering Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Good company culture for employees

    Cons

    Slow to Agile and releasing when ready

    Advice to Management

    Lose some customers to advance to the cloud

  3. Helpful (5)

    "An entrenched company struggling to renew itself"

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    Former Employee - Content Strategist in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Content Strategist in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Autodesk full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The executives at Autodesk should be very proud of one thing: The benefits at this place are off-the-charts amazing. I was fortunate to experience the four-year sabbatical, and it was life-changing. Also, being able to work from home or the office or anywhere and having the purse strings of a deep-pocketed company to purchase and experiment with tools or services I needed to do my work was extremely satisfying. I loved the autonomy that I had in my own personal work choices. Huge!

    The small team I worked with did amazing things together as marketers, piling up record subscription sales and organic traffic (but, it must be said: only because we resisted the go-along-get-along ways of our deep-state co-workers).

    Cons

    The company plays up its position as an innovator in design, but they are struggling with old code bases and an inability to tie together their software into packages that work for people on all devices. Despite how hard they try to convince themselves internally, this company is absolutely not user-focused. It’s full of engineers and middle managers who want a 9-5 job and no surprises; they simply don't strive for excellence. Most of the people I worked with had no experience building SaaS software (or any online services), a stubborn inability to think of users first, and they often struggled with the methodologies of agile software production. I worked with a lot of incompetent people at Autodesk who couldn't move past their old ways of making boxed software that they only had to update once per year. Promotions are very rare unless you are really good at corporate politics. This place is surprisingly boring considering its potential for making industry-changing software.

    Advice to Management

    Your customers unhappily pay way too much per year to use your software and don’t get many new features or updates. Without any disruption or competition you will continue to rely on past successes and refuse to embrace new ways and markets. You’re not a place of real innovation anymore, and you’d better start scrambling to make it better — fast. Your stock price will depend on it in another year or two. Finally, throw away your intranet and start over. It's embarrassingly bad.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Working at Autodesk"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I've met some of the most talented people ever during my time at Autodesk. It's also given me the opportunity for both lateral and upward career development. And, it really is inspiring to be exposed to the creative and sometimes world-changing things our customers design and make with our software.

    Cons

    Autodesk like many tech companies conducts org changes very frequently, it's not uncommon to shift between groups or find yourself with a new boss every 1-2 years. It's also highly matrixed, so to be successful you need great navigation, collaboration and influencing skills. If neither of those sounds appealing to you, look elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Try to minimize the org changes - change can be good but change fatigue is not and some groups are likely at that point.

    Autodesk Response

    Feb 15, 2018 – Talent Brand & Social Media Manager

    Thank you for your review! We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience working at Autodesk. We strive to create an open culture at Autodesk and value feedback so that we can become an... More


  5. "Solid company!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Autodesk full-time

    Pros

    Hours are 9-5 no more
    Work is fun and allows me to learn more about Maya while helping customers

    Cons

    Location kinda sucks and you have to pay for parking or take the train

    Advice to Management

    N/A

    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.


  6. "Marketing"

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

    I worked at Autodesk full-time

    Pros

    great culture. flexible working conditions

    Cons

    paid vacation does not increase with length of service

    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.


  7. "Overall, a great place to work."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Autodesk full-time

    Pros

    Excellent organization building products that really do allow people to create and change the world. Incredible benefits and solid compensation packages. Flexible work hours and work from home options as well.

    Cons

    Company is in the midst of a major restructuring that was definitely overdue, but in general they are focusing on the right things, in particular the end user, and it feels like they're on the right track.

    Advice to Management

    Keep focused on the users!

    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.

  8. "Good company, good workplace, good trajectory"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director, Brand Marketing in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Director, Brand Marketing in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Strong culture
    Family friendly
    Smart, interesting, motivated people
    CEO is sharp - less freewheeling than previous, but pointing the company in a good direction
    Inspiring mission - nice to work for a software company that is about making real-world things, not some kind of internet plumbing or click-bait advertising scheme
    Sabbatical every 4 years in the US

    Cons

    Sometimes slow moving, consensus-driven -- definitely not a "move fast and break things" ethos
    Slow turn-over, so career advancement can suffer -- flip side of the fact that people like it here and want to stay

    Advice to Management

    Good the company is doubling-down on big transformations (digital, subscription, cloud) and investing in those things. But for many, it's been year-after-year of increasing austerity. Would be good to see the light at the end of the tunnel, and some (even limited or symbolic) loosening up, i.e. funding some ambitious/experimental research and marketing projects.

    Autodesk Response

    Feb 15, 2018 – Talent Brand & Social Media Manager

    Thank you for your review! We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience working at Autodesk. We strive to create an open culture at Autodesk and value feedback so that we can become an... More


  9. Helpful (15)

    "Sinking ship - avoid"

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    Current Employee - Marketing in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - relatively good work life balance
    - some offices are nice
    - pay is so so
    - overall mission and products are cool / have promise

    Cons

    - reorgs, reorgs, reorgs. My team is on our 4th director in 4 years.
    - disconnect between svps and the org
    - insane politics at director level
    - some petty and downright cruel VPs who appear to care little about the people who get things done
    - strange culture where we say we want radical collaboration but then leaders’ implicitly and explicitly direct teams to block other teams
    - in the us, a stingy vacation policy - sabbaticals are great but basically 2 weeks vacation in a year sucks. Directors and above get unlimited.
    - marketing org is aimless and old school

    Advice to Management

    Figure out Toxic managers? It’s probably a sign somethings wrong when you have multiple teams with insane turnover.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "sales exec"

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    Former Employee - Sales in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Sales in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Autodesk full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people, interesting technology, competitive pay

    Cons

    Constant reorganization, yearly layoffs, low employee moral

    Advice to Management

    lots of great employees lost recently...


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