Autodesk Reviews | Glassdoor

Autodesk Reviews

Updated October 20, 2017
1,200 reviews

Filter

Filter

Full-timePart-time

1,200 Employee Reviews

Sort: PopularRatingDate

Pros
  • There is actual work/life balance at a tech company - but you don (in 220 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
More Pros and Cons

  1. "Excellent Company and Great People!"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • 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
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Autodesk full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    * Competitive base salary plus yearly bonus.
    * Six weeks paid sabbatical every four years of employment in the US.
    * Good benefits
    * Work-life balance
    * Great products and services
    * Moving up-up-up
    * Growth opportunities
    * Collaborate with colleagues located globally.
    * Cool technology
    * People. Working with intelligent people who at the same time are down-to-earth. Not much of an ego generally.
    * Flexible.
    * Most in the leadership roles encourage people to grow and does not micro-manage. They trust and respect individual contributions and opinions.

    * Nice offices.
    * The company will provide what you need to get the job done.
    * Lots of opportunities to learn, but you will need to learn to focus and prioritize, if not, it can get overwhelming.

    * Allowance to go to the gym.

    Cons

    * Some who are in leadership and management roles are questionable. Good thing it is not a common thing.

    * You will need to find the right people and department in order to move up. With so many employees and people pushing to move up, you can easily be lost. Knowing the right people and being in the organization that supports growth will help.

    * Salary increases above 3% is difficult to achieve. You will need to move to a different role or leave to get a much better bump-up in the salary. The good thing is that the salary is quite competitive in the market so it is not completely on the losing end.

    * Silos everywhere.
    * For a company transitioning to Cloud services so customers can collaborate easily anytime and anywhere - the strategy of co-locating employees can be contradicting. It does makes sense but some good people were forced out because of this.

    * * Just being spoiled. An increase with the yearly gym allowance would be nice. Although it is more than enough for most gyms, it is certainly not enough if one wants to join other gyms with Mixed Martial Arts or Sports Clubs with more amenities.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work.
    Since Autodesk is transitioning its business model and truly want to become a more customer focused company, it will help to compensate those who are directly working with customers much better and not just those in sales.

    Otherwise, this is a great place to work and I am proud to be a part of it.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "good company, substandard salaries"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

  3. "Facility Coordinator"

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

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

    Pros

    The Audtodesk culture makes working here a fun, initiative, and interesting place to be.

    Cons

    I have to take Bart to work and it takes me 1.5 hours to get to the office door to door


  4. Helpful (10)

    "Hope something changes"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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?


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Program Manager"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. Helpful (7)

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

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. Helpful (8)

    "Horribly sexist, HR does nothing about it."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    No pressure environment. No one even goes to work on Fridays. If you do not care about your career and have an easy time, this is the place for you.

    Cons

    Super sexist and racist environment where people can openly say "let's not hire female engineers" or "I don't like working with Indians" and no one bets an eye. Human Resources refuses to have a mandatory training for managers about bias because "It is hard" but there is a one hour mandatory training for a paper printer.

    Advice to Management

    Establish some values both to be a decent human being and a decent technical leaders.

    Autodesk Response

    Jul 25, 2017 – Talent Brand & Social Media Manager

    Thank you for sharing your post. We are very disappointed that someone had this experience at Autodesk, and since the post is anonymous, we cannot speak to this particular situation. Our culture is... More

  8. "QA Engineer"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Definite pros and cons"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. "Great Place to Work"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Novi, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Novi, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very flexible hours. Mostly modern technology stack for in house IT. Pleasant atmosphere. The benefits are awesome. You get basic health, vision, dental, and life without cost, and it's fairly cheap to move up to the betters plans. Facilities takes really good care of us, too.

    Cons

    You will get some people who are still set on the old IT mindset (click through admins who hate the cloud). Sometimes you'll see the results of resume driven development, but I pretty much expect that at any larger company.

    Advice to Management

    Learn what DevOps really means before saying we've migrated to that model...


Showing 1,200 of 1,406 reviews
Reset Filters