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Autodesk Reviews

Updated March 25, 2017
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Pros
  • Work life balance is always depends on the person (in 195 reviews)

  • 21 days' annual leave, can work from home base on your request (in 45 reviews)

Cons
  • Used to have work-life balance but now there are so many people doing the job of MANY others (in 30 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 (4)

    "Mostly Good/Some Bad"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Autodesk full-time

    Pros

    Great, hardworking people committed to changing industries
    Excellent benefits

    Cons

    Random layoffs and org changes


  2. "Great place to work. Very focused on work-life balance and job growth."

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

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

    Pros

    Progressive company with an employee focus and benefits collaboration and good communicators. Very flexible work environment and holds employees to a fair standard.

    Cons

    In my department, there were several reorganizations after many years of stable hierarchy. This lead to the non-lawyer staff being treated as not a priority and many have been stuck with no room for advancement. Also, some executive position changes have lead to a more competitive environment that has caused some long term employees to leave.

    Advice to Management

    Frequent changes to leadership send the message of instability to many employees. Then, when opportunities for advancement thin out and management isn't addressing the concern - people will lessen their loyalty and be more likely to leave out of frustration.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Autodesk Review Title"

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

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

    Pros

    Solid forward thinking company with their hands in pretty much everything.

    Cons

    Big companies take lots of time to make decisions and fickle with decisions already made.


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  5. "Autodesk - a great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture, supportive and collaborative environment, teams that work together and help each other. The company encourages a work/life balance. Good benefits,including sabbaticals

    Cons

    Very limited growth opportunities for assistants
    Assistants are not paid market value

    Advice to Management

    Career development for assistants, and support staff


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Project Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    I love the innovation, constant changes, and the flexibility

    Cons

    Too many legacy systems - slow to cut ties

    Advice to Management

    Look at ENTIRE landscape when launching new business models and strive for quicker and more complete integration.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Layoffs and more layoffs ..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Autodesk (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Not much work assigned as people are too old in the organization to work. Work Life balance is top class. Disability leave pays 67% of base salary , so most people taking that for a year. Awesome idea to survive layoff and to look for a new job.

    Cons

    No salary hikes, work is crap, very less annual bonus, useless junk managers always sucking up to their managers. The company currently has more managers and QA than developers. In fact most dev managers in US have one or two managers in Asia reporting to them. The company is offshoring all the work to Shanghai and Singapore at a very fast rate as their cloud products have failed miserably. Few wrong people have taken over the board and killing the tech culture at Autodesk. The CEO Carl Bass was all set to be sacked but then he resigned from CEO position last month and there are no CEO for the company for the time being, as the two interim CEO who are SVPs are fighting it out.

    Advice to Management

    Cricket Tournament in San Francisco and Singapore every year and Soccer tournament in Europe and spending half a million dollars on these activities. Are you guys crazy ??

    Insider Trading and Stock price manipulation is at record high. CEO cashed millions of dollars of stocks. What are rest of them aiming for ? Stocks were $30 last year , currently at $88 in spite of 6 quarters of straight losses. Unbelievable !!


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Poor EIS, Awesome Autodesk"

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

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

    Pros

    Nice Benefits, energetic ppl and nice location views . Training, Sabbatical and holiday programs are best in their own class

    Cons

    EIS Infrastructure division. It completely runs opposite to what Autodesk does. Too much of legacy minded thoughts, failure to adapt Saas based mind set which company already even though heavily expensed. Internal IT is fragile. One would expect to have complete CMDB , Full monitoring,Automated break fixes but still lot manual and still lot of excels and emails. Reason weak skilled admins and poor Management.

    Advice to Management

    Do take advice from Management outside EIS Infra/apps. No need for 5 Directors and over 20 managers to handle current services. Soo much of overlap in services managed.


  9. "Pros and Cons"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fantastic software that customers love. Offices are very nice. Benefits are outstanding, generous PTO, excellent health insurance at low cost, and more. CEO Carl Bass is a Rock Star. Employees and customers really respect him.

    Cons

    While customers love the software, many of them are still very unhappy about the changes to pricing model which makes it hard to sell to them. Relationships between resellers and Autodesk can be rocky. Company-wide, employees seem to spend more time navigating company politics than I've seen elsewhere. Perhaps that's because the company is so large?

    Advice to Management

    Keep buying and building products that customers love.


  10. "Product Specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Specialist in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Product Specialist in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great benefits and exciting technology

    Cons

    Highly political sales organization. Merit increases a challenge due to HR policy around internal transfers. Limited mobility.


  11. "Senior Product Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PdM
    Current Employee - PdM
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Autodesk full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Agile , New Technology, Good Contribution Opportunities

    Cons

    Limited Resources, Large Backlog, Business Still inLegacy Mode,

    Advice to Management

    Think Visionary and Act Visionary and Make Simple Decisions



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