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Autodesk Reviews

Updated January 21, 2019
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  1. "Great products, great people"

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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 10 years)

    Pros

    The Autodesk product line are amazingly enrich and broad covering from manufacturing, architecture and entertainment, which generate tremendous impact and influence to the industries. Working on these creative products and learn how do these products help people make better things are inspiring. The people in the company share the same gene in general which is nice and friendly so easy to work with and there is no unnecessary pressure here.

    Cons

    It is more marketing and HR dominated culture in overall than technology dominated. And the company heavily rely on acquisitions to gain latest technologies, which is disappointing to internal tech folks.

    Advice to Management

    There is a need to create more technology culture to generate more creative technology and products from within the company, why we cannot do that? Also there is a need for a better retention plan to keep the really talented engineers.


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    "Great place to work but lacks job security"

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

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

    Pros

    Smart and talented people doing amazing work. Most people really care about the customer. Great benefits. Six week paid sabbatical every four years.

    Cons

    Depending on the org you're in, it can be very political. There is a lot of lip-service paid to "breaking down silos" but that rarely happens.

    Frequent reorgs leave you with the sense that you aren't really safe from being laid off, no matter how well you do your job. Exceptionally talented people are often let go with no explanation except, "it was a business decision". It happens often enough that you really can't relax and trust that your position is safe, no matter how well you perform. Older workers and people who work remotely are usually the first targets in a reorg.

    Advice to Management

    Stop discarding good people who have been loyal to the company for decades and have valuable skills and institutional knowledge. Stop calling layoffs a "redeployment" since you're not actually moving employees to a new or different position. Being told you're "being redeployed into the workforce" is just corporate-speak for "fired".

  3. "Director"

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

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

    Pros

    Great technology and customers with good potential

    Cons

    Big difference California HQ to Asia regional offices with work-life balance


  4. "A great place to build skills with a great work-life balance, but little opportunity for long-term growth"

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

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

    Pros

    - Great work-life balance
    - Flexible work hours
    - Competitive salary
    - Ability to work remotely
    - Great people - Autodesk has some of the nicest people I've ever met.
    - Meaningful work - You truly feel like the work you do matters. The company is involved in so many industries, and you know that your work can make a difference.
    - Global company - Autodesk has offices all over the world
    - Respectful work environment - People are polite and eager to come to the office. You can make friends for life.

    Cons

    - Silos between divisions and teams hinder meaningful change
    - Very large company, at times it's slow to adapt
    - Frequent re-orgs and restructures lead to instability and confusion
    - Your success in the org depends on a great manager
    - Lots of lateral growth, but very little vertical growth available. It is hard to get a promotion and grow your career due to the number of people at the top.

    Advice to Management

    Autodesk is a great place to build skills, but it's very hard to see career growth due to the promotion structure. Autodesk is fortunate to have some great talent and very caring individuals in the organization, but the lack of vertical growth opportunity in the organization makes it a difficult place to build a long-term career. Make re-orgs less frequent and more meaningful to reduce confusion in the company.


  5. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Software Architect in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Architect in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Autodesk full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Stable long term projects that ship yearly

    Cons

    Politics can can tricky to navigate. Lots of reorganization


  6. "Exactly what I was looking for in an IT company/role."

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    Current Employee - Premium Support Engineer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Premium Support Engineer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wonderful benefits across the board with a great culture. Rewarding work being around so many bright, motivated people doing a lot of cutting edge stuff.

    Cons

    On-boarding can be very, very overwhelming and takes several months. It is well documented but often lacks the human interaction with many teams all being in different locations, not in person.

    Advice to Management

    Overall, what a great place to work with an open, diverse work force that treats everyone like adults. Promotion and upward mobility is there but hard to sometimes understand.

    Autodesk Response

    Jan 22, 2019 – HR Leadership

    Thanks for your review. We're happy to hear that you enjoy working at Autodesk! Across the globe, we're making improvements to the employee onboarding process making it easier for new hires to... More


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    "the best and not"

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

    I have been working at Autodesk full-time

    Pros

    incredible company doing super exciting things

    Cons

    lost it's focus and needs to focus focus focus back on the customer

    Advice to Management

    get rid of the CEO

  8. "Great Opportunity for Growth"

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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

    - Willing to invest in high-performers
    - Great work/life flexibility
    - Passionate teams that are always working to improve the industry they support
    - Autonomy in solving problems

    Cons

    - Work/Life Balance (The job can be all-consuming at times)
    - Office politics can be a burden

    Autodesk Response

    Jan 22, 2019 – HR Leadership

    Thanks for your feedback! We just announced some exciting changes to our time-off policy. We encourage you to reach out to your HR business partner if you have any questions.


  9. "Good place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance and great location.

    Cons

    Paid Time offs and vacations.


  10. "Intern"

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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

    Culture, Benefits, Location, Exciting projects, Great team members

    Cons

    Very little interactions with other products or parts of the business