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Updated June 4, 2017
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Pros
  • Work life balance is always depends on the person (in 206 reviews)

  • You can work from home anytime you need to and every 4 years you have the sabbatical: 6 weeks of paid vacation (in 49 reviews)

Cons
  • Very hard to get promoted to Director and establish upward career path, hard to maintain decent work/life balance esp (in 33 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. Helpful (2)

    "Political. Great innovation."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Product Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Autodesk full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefit. Great, talented people(past) and technology. Somewhat Diversity. Flexible work hours (depends on department). Great location in Bay Area.

    Cons

    Highly political and silos. Too many Layoffs and reorganization. Layoff by political reason. Too many middle and senior managers who doesn't do much work but work around politics. Unprofessional recruiters.

    Advice to Management

    Look into management levels. Get rid of silos.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Marketing Run, Not Sales run organization, very siloed"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Specialist Sales in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Specialist Sales in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good organization to work for but very siloed with lots of overlays.

    Cons

    Very Siloed, do not listen to sales (I was overruled constantly, Many times I would be told
     by the CIO the price they were willing to pay (which was doable) but consulting would override a partner's services quote by 200 to 300% - which was a deal breaker. I would be forced into situations where the customer would ask "were you not listening - why did you waste my time".

    Advice to Management

    Go out on more sales calls, if you were not at a meeting listen to the

  3. Helpful (3)

    "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.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Administrative Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Salary is very competitive, telecommuting flexibility

    Cons

    Horrible vacation policy-never increase beyond 2 weeks. You do get a 6 week paid sabbatical every 4 years but it does not make up for only having 2 weeks all the other years. Last two years they have done a company shutdown the week of 4th of July and required everyone to take their vacation then. Really tough when you only get two weeks vacation and do not even get to choose one them yourself. Lousy work-life balance. Disparity in workload in same roles.

    Advice to Management

    Allow a choice of sabbatical or more vacation time to allow people to meet their particular needs.


  5. Helpful (7)

    "Management has no vision, idea or direction"

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    Current Employee - Team Lead in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Team Lead in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Used to love working here. Immediate reporting managers were helpful, understanding and even open. Benefits are always good. Some lucky organizations inside Autodesk are still fun to work with.

    Cons

    Management doesn't have a vision, plan or direction. New managers assigned think that they are rock stars but lack minimal patience to understand any underlying issue. And over that, management is lethargic


  6. Helpful (9)

    "Okay place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    The SF office is really nice; there are gyms, standing desk, walking desk, etc.
    They provide snacks, coffee, water.
    The benefits are good (health insurance, 401K, ESPP).
    If you are at the SF office you are close to Bart.
    The pay is just okay.
    The CEO and CFO seem like a cool guys and both seem very intelligent (I haven't worked with them personally).

    Cons

    The culture is more about watching your own back and promoting yourself in finance. Very political organization. Broken financial systems with incomplete data. Be prepared for managers to talk about you in front of you and behind closed doors. Little room for advancement. There is no training on how to perform in your job role, and limited regular training opportunities. Management will tell you learn from the mistakes you make. This conflicts, because the moment you do make a mistake management may hold it against you. Do whatever you can not to make any mistakes. A lot of people lack in the soft skills department. Depending on what role you take determines your work-life balance. I am left to wonder if the C-suite have any idea of what its like to be low on the totem poll in this company.


  7. Helpful (9)

    "Not exactly what they like you to think"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in San Rafael, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in San Rafael, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    flex work at home in many groups, loved learning about new technology uses for their products, great benefits

    Cons

    be prepared for constant re-orgs and layoffs, you can't trust that doing a good job will ensure your future at your job

    Advice to Management

    stability and employee loyalty would make for a better work place

  8. Helpful (12)

    "Not an open culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    * Overall company values environment, education and community.
    * Great offices and locations.
    * Possibility to work with cool technologies.
    * Great place for a white heterosexual male to work.

    Cons

    * Not a diverse work place by any means. No LGBT, black or hispanic community. Mostly white male upper management. No intention of improving the diversity.
    * Not a good engineering culture. Surprisingly bad code is produced and it is ok as long as it somehow works. No system in place for improving the quality or education.
    * Engineering education is led by non-technical management who does not understand the technologies that are being used inside the company.
    * Human resources is there to protect the company and not to improve the work environment.
    * No open discussion about any of the issues, everything is great.

    Advice to Management

    * Encourage a more open culture. If you do not acknowledge the issues, you can never solve them. Technical or otherwise.
    * Presentation skills is not correlated with execution ability. Measure the performance and outcomes. Have a healthy discussions about what could be improved.
    * Saying we should improve a thing is not giving a roadmap. Ask your managers and employees how you can enable them to improve.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "They'll Taje Advantage of You"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Autodesk (More than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing machinery available at Pier 9 and a lot of great people cycling through.

    Cons

    They created a hostile hierarchy where they keep people as contractors, with no benefits, for as long as possible. In my case they broke they're agreement with me multiple times and payed me even less than interns. Others on the same team will be official employees with a large amount of perks which creates an awkward and obvious separation based on the color of your badge.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people more fairly and if you intend to hire someone as a "contractor", set an evaluation date and stick to it.


  10. Helpful (13)

    "Lost in Translation"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, nice office location in SF, some really smart people to learn from. A lot of potential.

    Cons

    Senior management has a pretty good idea of where they want to go, but little clue about how to get there. Additionally, middle management is blown up with many incompetent people, some with old school mindsets. Overall a lot of potential led by an old boys club stuck in the past.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce management overhead and some of the bold egos. Make sure people share one vision. Get rid of the silos and political fights, it costs to much money and you lose the great people who actually do the work and drive the company forward.


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