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Updated April 22, 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 (23)

    "Work/Life Balance + Opinions Matter"

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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. "No career progression and not merit based"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Communications Manager
    Former Employee - Marketing Communications Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Inspiring work environment in terms of the work it does
    Intellectually stimulating workplace
    Employees friendly in terms of flexi work and other perks

    Cons

    Not meritocratic - Sycophancy and favouritism thrives and mediocrity rules in most teams exception maybe the product team
    Low pay among tech companies
    Not process oriented at all

    Advice to Management

    Build transparency through processes


  3. "lots of politics"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, ESPP can be very lucrative.

    Cons

    Politics, politics, politics. There are a lot of smart people, but politics prevent them from getting anything done.


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  5. "Love It; On The Verge"

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    • Culture & Values
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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

    Pros

    - Market leader
    - Working through the business model transition and outlook seems strong
    - Good people with good hearts/minds. The a**hole factor is nonexistent
    - Younger workforce slowly emerging; shaking up the old school culture in the process

    Cons

    - Perhaps too collaborative at times
    - More direct conflict would be beneficial in driving more courage
    - The old guard doesn't work very hard; particularly in San Rafael

    Advice to Management

    Shake it up with the CEO change, but don't throw the baby out with the bath water. The Company is re-inventing itself which means that all business lines should receive a critical review of ongoing viability/connectivity to the future.


  6. "Awesome place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Work on software products that are used by millions of professionals world wide.
    Great customer centric focus. Annual Autodesk University in Las Vegas is a customer conference where there is lots of opportunity to talk to customers, test your new features.

    Cons

    Slow to make changes. Decisions making is slow. SF focus.

    Advice to Management

    Become truly global company


  7. "Good products, good folks, bloated process"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Was part of Autodesk Consulting, for which 95% of the team is virtual. The compensation and benefits are top notch.

    Cons

    Having come from a similar Professional Services team from a different company, found that the AC processes and procedures were very outdated and extremely manual. Takes six months just to learn how to do everything the Autodesk way. With the move to enterprise business agreements, Autodesk Consulting seems to be a back-office support organization following the lead of other groups. Be prepared for constant re-orgs and layoffs, some because of outside activist investors, others due to changes in direction, especially with Consulting (Autodesk is, and always will be, a product company).

    Advice to Management

    Stay focused on the big picture, and try to weather the storm of the activist investors bent on potentially ruining the company.


  8. "Autodesk is business transition"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Autodesk full-time

    Pros

    Most business units are engaged and collaborative

    Cons

    A few business units run "too lean" and burn people out


  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. "Opinion"

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Autodesk full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Respect employees
    Friendly atmosphere
    Strong desktop product offering

    Cons

    Too political
    Long term vision is unclear
    Adoption of cloud is too ambitious
    Lost track of core strengths

    Advice to Management

    Top-down management is not sustainable. Must be bi-directional


  11. "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



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