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Updated April 23, 2017
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Autodesk Interim Co-CEOs Amar Hanspal & Andrew Anagnost
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Pros
  • Work life balance is always depends on the person (in 203 reviews)

  • You can work from home anytime you need to and every 4 years you have the sabbatical: 6 weeks of paid vacation (in 46 reviews)

Cons
  • Very hard to get promoted to Director and establish upward career path, hard to maintain decent work/life balance esp (in 32 reviews)

  • Much of the culture change being pushed with the business transformation is not being accepted at the middle management tier (in 42 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (24)

    "Work/Life Balance + Opinions Matter"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great work/life balance and flexibility when needed
    Opportunity to voice concerns or ideas and management listens and helps to determine ways to bring the ideas to life
    People are genuinely nice and always willing to help or point in the right direction

    Cons

    Many people don't know how cool or awesome Autodesk is so there's a gap when trying to explain

    Advice to Management

    Keep promoting the Autodesk Brand and culture!


  2. "Challenging, Fun, but Overly Political"

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

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

    Pros

    Great people. Great products. Great facilities, perqs, benefits.

    Cons

    Hyper-political environment. Leadership makes questionable decisions in an effort to build their fiefdoms. Lack of attention to existing, money-making products.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to better balance investment in wild ideas and existing money-makers. And try to kill the politics that constantly clouds decision-making.


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Good, but changing quickly"

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    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The products are phenomenal and so are the benefits of working there.

    Cons

    Rapid change is leading to some culture shifts that are not healthy. The company is losing its employee focused edge.

    Advice to Management

    In a competitive market, look to hire better senior leaders... how many have changed over the last 10 years? Why are the ones who don't get results still there?


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  5. "Great company, great experience!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Support Specialist in Manchester, NH
    Former Employee - Technical Support Specialist in Manchester, NH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are amazing and the company cares about it's employees.

    Cons

    The support team is responsible for using/troubleshooting the product and being the 'voice of the customer' to other divisions, however many people in the company do not know just how important we are and often 'forget' to get our inputs. It often felt like we were not a part of Autodesk as a whole.


  6. "Good overall"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager, Global Customer Support & Operations in San Rafael, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager, Global Customer Support & Operations in San Rafael, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    International exposure, surrounded by bright people, gained good experience participating in transformation to cloud/subscription business, company has decent future prospects, company abandoned written formal review process a few years ago

    Cons

    Very hard to get promoted to Director and establish upward career path, hard to maintain decent work/life balance esp. if you work on a global team


  7. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Customer Loyalty Specialist in San Rafael, CA
    Current Employee - Customer Loyalty Specialist in San Rafael, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Autodesk is filled with great people all motivated and proud to work for Autodesk. Autodesk is a part of almost every major industry pipeline that includes digital software, to include everything from video games to sky scrappers. Autodesk is very forward thinking will still having a solid foundation on stable growth.

    Cons

    Going to spend more that 2 hours daily on the road to commute to any of the locations in the bay area. If you live in any place that has somewhat decent rental pricing you are going to be paying at minimum 1600 dollars a month for rent. Locations are placed in uneconomical locations for employees.

    Advice to Management

    Offer more flexible work hours so employees can avoid rush hour traffic. Offer on campus rental properties at reasonable rates and offer to pay commuting fees.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great Place to Work - Culture is supportive and provides work/life balance"

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    • Senior Management
    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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    *Awesome culture, I feel allot of support for my success. Great work life balance.
    *Autodesk is a company where negativity and passive aggressiveness/being un-collaborative is not tolerated. Everyone is genuine and supportive of each other.
    *People are feeling more empowered to speak up when they see something is amiss.
    *Great benefits/pay is reasonable / employee learning and development is encouraged.

    Cons

    * On-boarding into the company is a bit challenging and can leave you feeling a bit like you need to figure things out yourself. Using the Intranet and asking lots of questions is encouraged. There are too many acronyms, it is a running joke, but has underlying truth.
    * Decisions can get bogged down in multiple reviews and approvals.
    *Longer tenured employees can be reluctant to bring up issues to colleagues/managers because this was seen as a negative in the past. Hard to break old habits.

    Advice to Management

    * Keep leading by example and bring up roadbloacks you may see up ahead in a professional manner to your colleagues, more employees will follow your lead as it becomes the default in the culture.
    * Continue the initiative to change the culture from silos to teams delivering support across the functional groups. Slow progress but work is happening.
    * Streamline decision making and remove red tape from multiple approvers at same level, you trust your employees and their business partners are following your practices, show it.
    * Continue your efforts to hire more diverse employees (female engineers, persons of color)
    * Continue developing diversity of voices and background in the higher levels of the management team, females, persons of color.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Dead-end SDR"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Development Representative in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Sales Development Representative in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people at Autodesk are great and I really enjoyed my time there when the office was smaller and more of a family. Autodesk is doing some very cool things in various industries and I believe they're moving in the right direction as a whole. The benefits are second-to-none and I think the compensation was very reasonable.

    Cons

    The SDR role should be for a college graduate or someone with 1-2 years of experience. ADSK is unfortunately apprehensive to hire young people (without a referral) as it is a bit of an 'older' company/workforce. Therefore, they bring in people that have too much experience doing a call-center type job and get bored quickly.

    There is no upward mobility, pay raises, or varying responsibilities in the SDR role. They are limited by pay grade to actually move you anywhere so they give you the 'lateral movement' and 'create your own opportunities' speech. The problem with the lateral movement is that no one wants to put in 1.5-2 years as an SDR then move onto another product-line and be an SDR again. Also, they have made a culture of hiring from the outside so it's difficult to make a lateral movement anyway or create your own opportunity. During the hiring process, HR and a manager will say you can move into sales ops or marketing, etc. That is just not the case (until they bring those teams locally which is still never clear if they will).

    Low-level and mid-level managers were very weak. They, for one, have no time with their teams because they sit in meetings all day. So the aspect of coaching, mentoring, etc was hardly ever present. They also do not have the authority to make quick decisions which hampered the teams.

    Their was hardly help with career development like working on other projects, etc. Some people were able to do this, but for the most part your job is to just 'call' day-in and day-out. Also, as of right now, management expects the SDR to be a burnout role due to the huge gap required in pay and experience to move elsewhere in the company. They do not say that publicly, but no one seemed surprised when we had ~10 SDR's leave in under 2 months due to the fact that you can't move into an account executive role like typical SDR organizations offer.

    Advice to Management

    Understand how SDR organizations should work. They fired the guy who was brought in to build it. And now no one really knows what to do with it.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great benefits and work-life balance."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits; great work-life balance.
    You can work from home anytime you need to and every 4 years you have the sabbatical: 6 weeks of paid vacation.

    Cons

    To much politics and silos. In general adverse to innovation. Middle managers very adverse to take any risk. Teams can be very disorganized.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Quite political"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, friendly colleagues

    Cons

    Too political to get anywhere



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