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Updated November 14, 2017
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  • There is actual work/life balance at a tech company - but you don (in 219 reviews)

  • You can work from home anytime you need to and every 4 years you have the sabbatical: 6 weeks of paid vacation (in 51 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Working for Autodesk is like working for a start up company with the benefits of a grown company."

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Rafael, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Rafael, CA
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I appreciate that the benefits package is good, and there is flexibility in work hours and schedules for the most part.

    Cons

    My team is too distributed so communication is difficult. Projects are often times not 100% clear on the goal and the overall objective.

    Advice to Management

    To keep everybody in the loop about projects that might indirectly or directly affect them in some fashion.


  2. "Autodesk, they'll take care of you and your family will remember what you look like."

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    Current Employee - Product Support Specialist in Venice, CA
    Current Employee - Product Support Specialist in Venice, CA
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Autodesk is a leader in the industry and it does so by taking care of the people that work for it. They have a healthy training budget and your peers are typically the top people in their fields. They are very family oriented and know what it means to raise children. They understand there's a balance in life and that Autodesk cannot always come first.

    Cons

    It's big and moving up the ladder can seem daunting when the ladder goes above the clouds.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to be open with your employees about the state of the company at all levels. They have been very honest and open with what happens here and its nice to know what Senior Management is expecting to happen around the corner.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Good company, needs more innovation."

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Rafael, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Rafael, CA
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The atmosphere and mostly intelligent co-workers makes autodesk great.

    Cons

    There is not enough innovation in individual products, and sometimes seems restricted by excessive management.

    Advice to Management

    Weed out the dumb managers, there is no room for non-computer savy people in a software company.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Fun, solid and reliable company."

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in San Rafael, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in San Rafael, CA
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    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Strong company with solid financials. Recognized leader in design software with interest in new technologies and business models.

    Cons

    Overall, corporate culture promotes team consensus on decisions which can delay or confuse decision-making. Also, culture promotes work environment sensitive to others, meaning that it is sometimes difficult to be direct. CEO is more of a technologist and idea-inspired person than a compelling visionary or leader. Autodesk has difficulty breaking bad habits developed over 25 years - fairly calcified business operations.

    Advice to Management

    Shake-up the business model faster. Be more demanding of the channel. We have shared customers and the sales channel has to relinquish some of its control of customer information.


  5. "Autodesk is a great company to be a team player on."

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    Current Employee - Technical Consultant in San Rafael, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Consultant in San Rafael, CA
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company to work for. Large, great pay. You can find plenty of opportunity in this company. You will be able to work with your work schedule. If you need to work form home or move, there may be a time when you need to request more flexibility to accommodate life changing events that you are going through. They may be able to work with you on this.

    Cons

    Very large company, very big, some times to big.

    Advice to Management

    Lead by example, listen closely.


  6. "Autodesk, not perfect but still great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Database Administrator in San Rafael, CA
    Current Employee - Database Administrator in San Rafael, CA
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Autodesk is a great place to work simply because of the people. Folks here are very passionate about their job and it shows in meetings and discussions throughout the day. There's also been a lot of improvement over the past couple years with regards to insight into things that are occurring at the senior management level. This help a lot with eliminating many of the rumors we'd otherwise have and definitely gives us (individual employees) a feeling that our voices are heard and we are indeed part of this organization.

    Cons

    No company is perfect, and Autodesk is no exception. One of the big downfalls of a global company with various divisions is that after a while you begin to feel like you're working with multiple companies inside your company. By that I mean, it's very easy to get lost in your own division (say IT) and completely lose insight and awareness of things going on in other divisions of the company. Sometimes things that go on in Product Development I hear first from outside the company than within. I don't believe the walls are up intentionally but more so just as a custom.

    Advice to Management

    Please continue to work on breaking down the silos and improve communication and visibility across divisions.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Like it."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Rafael, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Rafael, CA
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good software products which help improve the world we live in. Smart people. A caring attitude throught out including senior management. Genuine people who want to do a good job and treat others well along the way. Global, diverse, forward thinking.

    Cons

    Processes and systems need to be evaluated in many areas. Often too complex for a modern company. Need to hire more people just out of college to bring the energy up.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to listen to the employees and make needed changes. Improve the performance management process, forced ranking doesn't work correctly.

  8. "Great company, great future, great innovative spirit"

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    Current Employee - Accounting in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Accounting in San Francisco, CA
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work life balance and adapting to a changing business environment

    Cons

    at times it takes longer to implement change


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Dynamic company with many exciting opportunities."

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Designer in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Product Designer in Portland, OR
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Autodesk is a leader within many of the markets it services. Its products are typically the standard by which other, competing products are measured.

    Cons

    Professional development is typically one of the first aspects to suffer from budgetary cuts. Product development is driven by schedule which often results in compromise.

    Advice to Management

    Trim the product line of those products that are not contributing to the bottom-line and beef-up support for those products that are paying the bills.


  10. "Great place to work and Great people to work with!"

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in San Rafael, CA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in San Rafael, CA
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    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    * Great benefits package - love the sabbatical!
    * Not afraid to try something new - always trying to find the next best way to do something
    * Really, Really great people! These people have become like an extended family to me.

    Cons

    * Never seem to find a good path for promotion. Hard to move up if you are not in the inner circle
    * Teams can be split across regions making for some long hours
    * Vacation for long term employees! Sabbatcical is great but after being here 15+ years it would be ince to get more than 2 weeks vacation a year!

    Advice to Management

    * Offer more chances for promotion
    * add more vacation time
    * Listen to the imput provided by those not in the clouds...we see things you don't!
    * Use Agile more...keep teams centralized...makes for a faster, more effecient way to do projects


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