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Updated December 8, 2017
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  • There is actual work/life balance at a tech company - but you don (in 224 reviews)

  • You can work from home anytime you need to and every 4 years you have the sabbatical: 6 weeks of paid vacation (in 52 reviews)

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  1. "great culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    the people here are amazing

    Cons

    not enough room for growth

    Advice to Management

    invest in how to bring entry level folks up, instead of always looking to hire senior people.


  2. "Enjoyable place to work! Great environment and people!"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in San Rafael, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in San Rafael, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is a very friendly environment. People are very close nit and team players. you can bring your dog to work.

    Cons

    A selected few who are not hardworking or invested in their jobs. Put the responsibilities off on someone else.

    Advice to Management

    Weed out the people who are not as hard working as others. Some people are not doing the company any good. They are being paid to do nothing!

  3. Helpful (18)

    "Opportunism Abounds"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Autodesk full-time

    Pros

    Pay is decent and benefits are good, most offices are nice. A core of true believers still remains, people who care about customers, products and each other.

    Cons

    The true believers are being swallowed up by a crowd of opportunists who are focused only on seeking political favor from senior leadership. Many of these opportunists barely know who their customers are and what they want.

    A few years ago, Autodesk decided that it couldn't grow and compete by acquiring technology (it long ago gave up trying to innovate organically). Its new strategy, which has been increasingly visible over the past four years, has been to extract more money from customers who can't switch away easily from its products and to reduce costs by systematically cutting "experienced" employees, regardless of performance, and replacing them with interns and new hires. Of course, every company needs to turn over its skill base to stay relevant, but at Autodesk there is a pattern where low performing, highly paid but politically savvy employees are retained while higher performers are let go. What's worse, some of the new hires aren't always top performers (to be fair, some are excellent, but why settle for just some).

    The environment has become increasingly political, and a company that has always struggled to listen to customers has become practically deaf to them at this point.

    Oh, and the sabbatical seems like a cool idea, but when you compare it against a standard vacation policy it's not such a great deal.

    Advice to Management

    You're not Adobe, and don't have the monopoly power you think you do. Customers have very compelling alternatives in two of your three business lines, and even the fortress of AEC is becoming vulnerable.

    You're not Adobe, instead you're becoming a mini-Oracle. That's not a compliment.


  4. "Greatest Company I've Ever Worked For!"

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    Former Employee - Office Manager/Executive Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Office Manager/Executive Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Excellent work/life balance; casual dress environment; excellent internal processes; fun assignments and great teams

    Cons

    Can't think of one other than cold winters in Montreal for trainings.

    Advice to Management

    KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!


  5. "Great place to work"

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

    Pros

    Friendly, driven culture in hard to create software space

    Cons

    It's an older company so there are some things that are set that take time to change


  6. "Great company to work for"

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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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    Market leading position, excellent benefits, great culture, experienced team

    Cons

    Too many reorganizations, internal collaboration could be better, perceived lack of commitment to some markets

    Advice to Management

    The latest reorganization is on the right track but let things stabilize for at least a couple of years before shaking things up again.


  7. "Good company, solid people, a bit too liberal"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Autodesk full-time

    Pros

    Great people, and solid technology. Great benefits, reasonable pay according to market conditions.

    Cons

    Constantly shifting directions, coming up with new ways to do the same old thing. Lots of liberal preaching from upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on software; don't preach. Create a solid game plan & stick to it.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "The Invasion of the Body Snatchers -aka "Take me down to Layoff City, where the grass isn't green...""

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Autodesk full-time

    Pros

    Pretty good compensation and benefits, some work from home.

    Cons

    Zero job security or opportunities for advancements: 10% layoff last year, 13% this year. Consulting is an afterthought to this company, there is no consistent direction and the new CEO clearly has the Consulting organization in the crosshairs, as it was hit to the tune of 30%. Prepare to be nothing but a speck of dust in the wind.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Current employee"

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    Current Employee - Finance in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Finance in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It used to be a great company with great finance leaders that care about people, open communication and great career opportunities for people who are capable

    Cons

    The finance department especially the business finance teams are full of politics and misalignment. There are so many Sr directors and directors. Many inspiring leaders left and a few moved up the ladder has zero empathy and no tolerance for any feedback. It’s sad to see people working hard but losing motivation slowly because of a few leaders don’t care about people.

    Advice to Management

    Put people first. A person who gets stuff done but has zero empathy should never become a people manager.


  10. "Software developer(machine learning) intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Encouraging mentors and guided me through whole project. Very nice people. I really enjoyed working here.

    Cons

    Some days they provide free food usually Tuesdays, other days no free food.

    Advice to Management

    There are so many directions in which your tool can improve, machine learning is one of them. Hire people from this domain.


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