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Updated July 11, 2017
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Pros
  • Work life balance is always depends on the person (in 209 reviews)

  • You can work from home anytime you need to and every 4 years you have the sabbatical: 6 weeks of paid vacation (in 50 reviews)

Cons
  • Very hard to get promoted to Director and establish upward career path, hard to maintain decent work/life balance esp (in 34 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. "good company, substandard salaries"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    - work life balance, unless you end up working in some no-go teams, but in general a family friendly company
    - people are pretty good, approachable and smart.
    - good benefits and a 6 week sabbatical on top (if you hold on for 4 years)

    Cons

    - Salaries in engineering well below average.
    - Overall lack of expertise on strategic topics like cloud and scale primarily because of the company's roots as a desktop product company.
    - Politics often gets in the way, teams slow, very siloed
    - Strict rules hindering and limiting internal mobility. On switching teams usually cannot renegotiate compensation or otherwise.
    - Depends on teams but internal training is rare

    Advice to Management

    Adjust comp to market rates, encourage internal mobility, do away with the dumb rules preventing folks trying out new teams


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Program Manager"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company with excellent benefits, ability to work as an independent person using company facilities.

    Cons

    Vacation time needs to be updated as everyone get 12 days per year from the start and if you work there 10, 20 years you still get 12 days. Everyone from entry level to CEO of the company gets the same vacation time.

    Advice to Management

    Look at all opportunities that are connected with each software application and give the development/Consulting teams the support/resources needed to be successful or get out of that business. Example Design vs MFG give each business unit the same level of internal support.

  3. Helpful (7)

    "Hope something changes"

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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
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people, flexible schedules though late or early calls if on global team. Some really cool products make it an inspiring company.

    Cons

    Absolutely suffocating politics that people try to pretend are not happening at high levels.

    ICs go thru training on conflict but director and above leaders do not trust and do not give trust. Territorial, unclear goals, unbalanced workflows. We are losing good people because of this.

    Advice to Management

    Trust and collaboration start at the top. If VPs are the most political, how do you expect the rest of us to collaborate radically?


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Great potential always destroyed by outdated thinking and no attention to detail"

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    Current Employee - Senior User Experience Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior User Experience Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    • The IDEA behind the company is invigorating.
    • Great energy.
    • Some great people.
    • Good locations (especially Pier 9).
    • Sometimes great companies are acquired.
    • Good benefits.

    Cons

    • No way to advance without spending decades in the company.
    • EVERYONE is concerned only about their well being.
    • Too many hypocrites.
    • Too many people who carry old thinking in a new age. This is unacceptable.
    • People who design products, are the same people who kill the said products. (Let's try this one one more time...?)
    • Overly complex approach to pretty much everything within the company, which reflects in all the products.
    • Too many "cooks" in the kitchen, for absolutely no good reason. They'd hire 10 mediocre people instead of a single good one.
    • Always hiring developers over designers, in turn overloading designers without having enough meaningful work for developers.
    • Multi-team, cross country/continent approach is constantly applied, but yields horrible outcomes.
    • No place for generalists.
    • Hacky, "good enough" approach, with virtually no attention to detail is present in all areas of the organization.
    • People are building products which they never use, again this has a direct correlation to how these products perform.
    • It's always easier to go out and buy a product, than to create one internally. The purchased product becomes bloated, unsuccessful, and eventually dies within 3-5 years of purchase; people are fired.
    • Facilities people are horrible for the most part. You'll come into the office only to find that everything has been rearranged for you in your work space/desk - thanks, but no thanks.
    • Don't bother with HR, they are useless over here. A bunch of sloths, too.
    • Constant moves/re-orgs are super annoying. Shows there is no future-proofing, and no plan.
    • "This is above my pay grade" is something you will hear quite often.
    • These guys don't know how to throw parties.

    Advice to Management

    The entire company is hanging on 2-3 ancient products, which customers are forced into using. If you can't turn this around, then it's time to move over and let way for people who can, otherwise a slow and painful death is inevitable.


  5. "QA Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Autodesk full-time

    Pros

    Team Collaboration
    Good work environment
    Remote work opportunity on Fridays

    Cons

    lots of politics.
    continuous changes within organization


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Definite pros and cons"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Well-placed in market. Progressively moving to cloud and toward subscription. Good compensation package including annual bonus and sabbatical every 4 years.

    Cons

    Autodesk is, under the covers, many disparate teams -- some of which treat their employees better than others. Because Autodesk has grown through acquisitions, teams remain siloed, and coordinating across teams can be difficult. Further, Autodesk does periodic, and sometimes arbitrary, layoffs -- cutting teams, roles, even whole offices -- this can breed dissatisfaction and disloyalty.

    Advice to Management

    Treat individual employees better (less like a commodity). Don't function so hierarchically.


  7. "Customer Relationship Mgr"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Autodesk (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The company has many creative people and subsequently innovative programs. With its focus on 3D technology, 3D printing, it is at forefront of interesting trends.

    Cons

    There are too many programs that are "pet projects" of executives distract from sales and customers. Some of these (and public positions) may be a bit "political" in nature, which is not always viewed well by our customers.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the core business and top line, bottom line growth. Drop the ancillary projects until the company can show some momentum. The company seems like it has been $2B company forever.

  8. "Flexible but ..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexible working time, could work from home if any special needs at home;
    Good work and life balance;
    Managers are nice easy going;

    Cons

    Office politics if you happen to choose some team;
    Not easy to transfer to Cloud technology, almost 6 years;
    lots of products, acquisitions, and looks like lose focus;
    Lay off happens from time to time;

    Advice to Management

    break the silos, and improve the communications, focus on customers' needs.


  9. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - User Interface Developer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - User Interface Developer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Health Insurance, 401K, ESPP, Free snacks

    Cons

    Salary hike, bonus, vacation, nothing else


  10. "Good Innovation at Software Level"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Focus on sustainability and how sustainable design can reduce required resources; focus on innovation; design thinking; 3d printing an 3D visualization

    Cons

    As in any big company, getting lost in bureaucracy and moving slow; lack of diversity and coming very late to the party with diversity


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