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Updated April 20, 2018
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  • good salary, work life balance etc (in 251 reviews)

  • Flexible work hours and work from home options as well (in 58 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "Great company, great people"

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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. Helpful (1)

    "Great company with fast growth and change"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Process Architect in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Process Architect in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent co-workers, good overall environment, broad suite of interesting/challenging products.

    Cons

    Company still working to eliminate the "product silos" mentality.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Very hard to grow"

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

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

    Pros

    Well defined vision that clearly trickles down, good amenities, nice offices with exceptional locations

    Cons

    Extremely difficult to get promoted and deflated job titles. Expect to be a manager forever with virtually no line to grow in seniority in title due to the de-emphasis on titles and promotions. When change happens, the people already in charge get the opportunities. It's almost impossible to become a director unless you come in externally.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to appeal to a younger, ambitious and talented workforce, you are going to need to be more generous with title promotion opportunities.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good, Bad and Consistent"

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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

    Flexibility
    Believe in the products
    Creative company
    Ability to try new things

    Cons

    Work life balance
    Divisional management takes to long to make decisions
    Hard to move up


  5. Helpful (7)

    "Comfy and dull, if it’s your thing"

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

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

    Pros

    6 week sabbatical every 4 years, if you survive
    Good benefits, though hardly above average
    Downtown sf office near Bart
    “Good company” reputation, if it means anything

    Cons

    Clueless, incompetent management at all levels. But very proud of themselves.
    Yearly random layoffs
    Lack of honesty all around
    Backstabbing culture will provide a thick skin, or require psychiatric assistance. Prepare to elbow your way, or be ignored, or fail.

    Advice to Management

    Act upon the employee survey results. Lip service hasn’t worked so far, has it?


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Customer Success Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Success Manager
    Current Employee - Customer Success Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Autodesk has a great company culture, great people, interesting work, and really strong senior leadership. Autodesk offers many professional development opportunities and promotes innovative ideas.

    Cons

    Like any technology company, things change very quickly at Autodesk. It can be challenging to stay on top of all the tech and people changes. Overall, still a great place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Be more empathetic to your employees about the amount of change the company has been through and how difficult that can be to deal with.


  7. "Account Based Marketing Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Based Marketing Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Account Based Marketing Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    work life balance, mission, vision, culture, people

    Cons

    compensation, career planning, systems and processes

    Advice to Management

    Remove bottlenecks in seemingly simply work processes.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good but not great"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People have been working here for decades and know the industries and products
    Friendly helpful work culture
    Office in San francisco is beautiful

    Cons

    Compensation not competitive with other companies in technology
    The layoffs and reorgs and restructures are continuous and disruptive

    Advice to Management

    If a goal is customer centricity, then be a steadfast user experience advocate


  9. Helpful (11)

    "Great work culture, company in transition, lots of changes not all of them positive . Overall good."

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

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

    Pros

    The people are awesome. The corporate goals are aspirational, environmentally conscious, diverse workplace. The products are key in AEC, not so much in MFG. M&E is on life support. The math around subscription model will prove out by holding customers hostage via constant price increases and forcing the move to subscription. Customers that use this technology really cannot move because the projects last so long and cost of retrainiing and redoing designs is prohibitive .

    Cons

    Painful consensus decision making process means lowest common denominator usually wins. Accountability in product development is notably lacking, allowing start ups to out innovate. Autodesk only brings innovation to market via acquisition. This should never happen in a company with thousands of developers. Many people hanging on due to large stock run up last few years. Confusing and constantly changing product lineup: suites, mini suites, collections, and autocad one box designed to confuse customers and keep them from realizing that they are paying a lot more for the sale stuff they used for 10 years or more.

    Advice to Management

    Hold product development accountable for delivery dates and innovation. Don't just keep talking about innovation... Do something innovative! Subscription business model is not innovative. Bring in some outside thought leaders, you just promoted the Jr team to CEO staff. They all have worked at ADSK so long they wouldn't know a good idea if it smacked them in the face. Better make the cloud a winner, unlikely with the current leadership team.


  10. "Great company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Programmer Analyst in San Rafael, CA
    Current Employee - Lead Programmer Analyst in San Rafael, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work culture
    Great benefits
    Clear vision, good strategy and proper execution

    Cons

    Too many restructuring and re-orgs is bringing insecurity to our jobs and hampering career advancement for some people.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage in-house talent and provide opportunities for career advancement.


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