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Updated April 28, 2017
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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. Helpful (2)

    "Great benefits and work-life balance."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Quite political"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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


  3. "Great Place for a Student to Start"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Interaction Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Interaction Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome mentorship, good internship program, opportunities to be hired back on

    Cons

    Depending on your role, it can be isolating. In my particular role, I was working on a project mostly by myself, in collaboration with other offsite developers. Because of them being offsite, I didn't get the chance to learn a lot from them as I would if I was working in person with them.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Administrative Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  6. "AutoDesk P.M."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Management very supportive and offers good salary but lagging with average benefits and vertical advancement.

    Cons

    Benefits have stagnated over the last 4 years, not keeping up with tech companies.

    Advice to Management

    Have more opportunities to expand products and services through lunch & learn. Offer more varied health benefits.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Awesome place"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, diversity focus and pay, sabbatical, flexible work hours and locations, Pier 9 benefits, stock purchasing and great location

    Cons

    Politics run amuck in certain divisions, too many managers, senior managers, directors, etc. Could use some revamping and getting rid of the dead weight

    Advice to Management

    Too many "managers" and "directors", get some real skill in there


  8. "Finance Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance Director in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Finance Director in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Outstanding Culture. Products with that have an impact on our world. Smart and thoughtful people. Great vision for the future.

    Cons

    Speed of decision making can be slow.


  9. Helpful (10)

    "Awful, toxic work environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Channel Specialist Bilingual in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Channel Specialist Bilingual in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, ability to buy stock,

    Cons

    Had a surreal experience working here. Started great and then they let my manager go and hired his subordinate to take over who was a narcissist with no management experience. He ended up working my team like a sweatshop. I blew the whistle, complained, spoke with HR all to no avail. They could not believe what I was saying was true. It was t until I was physically and mentally broken from the abuse of power of this man, that they realized what this man was doing, and they finally fired him. I was approved for Social Security Disability benefits thankfully, but this company had no compassion whatsoever. I had to hire an attorney to keep me employed and then to work out a severance package. Horrible experience.

    Autodesk Response

    Mar 28, 2017 – Talent Brand & Social Media Manager

    Sounds like you feel you had a horrible experience. That’s the exact opposite of everything we try to do for our employees. There are always two sides to every story, but no matter what, that is ... More


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Autodesk Is One Thing... Their Acquisition Is Another."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - User Researcher in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - User Researcher in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Autodesk is awesome!!
    Lot of community service opportunities.
    Brilliant co-workers.
    A lot of resources.

    Cons

    The culture of a recent acquisition... mine was an "all bro" culture.
    I had no management... my manager also took credit for my work. Again, not Autodesk, but a recent acquisition of Autodesk.

    Advice to Management

    Don't just do a 100-day checkin... do a 300 day check in. And make sure any recent acquisition takes on Autodesk's culture, not keep their own sexist culture.


  11. "Project Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in San Rafael, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in San Rafael, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities to increase knowledge.

    Cons

    Reorganizations seem to be frequent; difficult to adapt to ever-changing work environment.


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