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Updated November 20, 2018
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Pros
  • "good salary, work life balance etc" (in 278 reviews)

  • "Flexible work hours and work from home options as well" (in 67 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work life balance is a struggle unless you are good at setting clear boundaries or good at integrating your life with work" (in 45 reviews)

  • "Incredibly incompetent middle management" (in 49 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (5)

    "Great company, great people"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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. "Marketing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Autodesk full-time

    Pros

    Great place to grow, management is top notch

    Cons

    I can't think of any

  3. "Great place to work if you thrive on change"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director: Product Group in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Director: Product Group in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cutting edge customers who are leaders in their industry
    Very smart employees (for the most part)

    Cons

    Reorg every 9-18 months
    Salary is around the industry average
    Not the place it used to be (could be a good or bad thing)

    Advice to Management

    Stop the reorgs and the layoffs, it is exhausting for the people who stay and those who leave. But probably way better for those who leave.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work, looking forward to my sabbatical"

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

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

    Pros

    Very flexible work/life balance--it really depends on what team you're in, but mine is very open to remote working and flexible hours.
    Six week paid sabbatical every four years worked.
    Unlimited sick time.
    The CEO and leadership truly care about diversity and inclusion, which is such a breath of fresh air when you look at companies like Google, Nike, and Uber that are struggling with diversity and harassment issues.
    Very engaged employee resource groups.
    Employee stock rewards are very nice if you're at a high enough level to earn them.

    Cons

    The company is very siloed and it's hard to get things done with other teams don't want to work with you or have no incentive to help you.
    HR has never had a very supportive model.
    No mandatory and ongoing leadership training. Many people in senior leadership positions get the job because of time on the job, not because they have fantastic people leadership skills.
    No clear paths to promotion in many orgs, which leads to high attrition in the bay area with other tech companies that are willing to pay higher salaries.
    It seems very difficult to get rid of people who just downright don't do their jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Please make it more clear on how people can get promoted. We put so much effort into recruiting and hiring the right people only to lose them because there is no clarity from HR.


  5. "Great Company, Smart People, Amazing Mission"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Chief of Staff in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Chief of Staff in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Love the Vision / Mission (Making a better world)
    - Very innovative people / teams
    - Unafraid of change (particularly recently)
    - Sabbatical program is awesome
    - Good work / life balance
    - Values / Ways of Working are right on target

    Cons

    - Hasn't always been great at stopping initiatives that don't align with strategy. Getting much better though


  6. "Lots of great changes make Autodesk a place to be"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    * Terrific CEO. Andrew is not afraid of change and is making some significant adjustments to make Autodesk a "customer company."
    * New Chief HR Officer (who came from Glassdoor) is making great changes to help us evolve the culture.
    * Evolution to a subscription model provides ongoing challenges. There is always a problem to solve, and that keeps work interesting.
    * Really smart people, all trying to make Autodesk a great place to work and to drive the company forward.

    Cons

    * Like every company, a lot depends on your manager. I'm actually looking for something new, for that reason, and am hoping I can find it within Autodesk.
    * The matrixed--some would say siloed--organization can be difficult to navigate.
    * If you don't like change, this is a terrible time to be at Autodesk.

    Advice to Management

    Keep working on managers' skills, even at senior levels. Bad managers drive out great people.


  7. "Excellent Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Recruiter in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Recruiter in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great product great people. Has a true work life balance

    Cons

    Cut back on employees quickly when times are tough

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Things got worse under Andrew"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Autodesk full-time

    Pros

    Chill hours, low-ish stress, good culture, some interesting innovation (though that has shrunk recently)

    Cons

    Execs/directors chase shiny things a lot. Not only does this create a lot of churn, but it makes the higher-ups more susceptible to BS. For instance, bunk start-ups to get acquired, and their incompetent CEOs float around the system, escaping any real responsibility for years. Similarly, the best way to advance is to snuggle up to the right exec, and tell them what they want to hear.

    Also, the company tends to hire new management/execs from

    Advice to Management

    Be more consistent and open of what you want. Under Andrew, the company very quickly went from long-term thinking to worrying about the quarterly results. The abruptness of this move was incredibly jarring to the entire company. It's hard to think about a long-term stay at Autodesk when the company doesn't have a coherent long-term strategy.


  9. "Administrative Assistant"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Rafael, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Rafael, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Compensation, Benefits, & Flexible Schedule

    Cons

    The office culture is too relational and invasive

    Advice to Management

    If management is not your cup of tea, don't take on the role


  10. "Territory Account Sales Exec"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    great company, great people, great benefits

    Cons

    getting very political and PC


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