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Autodesk San Rafael Reviews

Updated April 21, 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. "MBA Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in San Rafael, CA
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in San Rafael, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Autodesk as an intern

    Pros

    Great work culture. Focus on work-life balance and making progress within the role. Great opportunities to pivot and move into different roles and learn new skills. Some of the nicest most amazing people work there. Highly recommend the work culture and the people.

    Cons

    As with most large companies, the roles are more specialized. It's hard to have a wide scope for your role depending on the size and age of your team.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good overall"

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    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


  3. "Great Place to Work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Loyalty Specialist in San Rafael, CA
    Current Employee - Customer Loyalty Specialist in San Rafael, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Autodesk is filled with great people all motivated and proud to work for Autodesk. Autodesk is a part of almost every major industry pipeline that includes digital software, to include everything from video games to sky scrappers. Autodesk is very forward thinking will still having a solid foundation on stable growth.

    Cons

    Going to spend more that 2 hours daily on the road to commute to any of the locations in the bay area. If you live in any place that has somewhat decent rental pricing you are going to be paying at minimum 1600 dollars a month for rent. Locations are placed in uneconomical locations for employees.

    Advice to Management

    Offer more flexible work hours so employees can avoid rush hour traffic. Offer on campus rental properties at reasonable rates and offer to pay commuting fees.


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  5. "Solution Architect"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Solutions Architect in San Rafael, CA
    Current Contractor - Solutions Architect in San Rafael, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Nothing to say much. Work life balance is always depends on the person. No body force you to work longer there. But we ended up work more.

    Cons

    Best Company to work. Everything is best.


  6. "Project Manager"

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    • 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.


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

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    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.


  8. Helpful (5)

    "Poor EIS, Awesome Autodesk"

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    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. Helpful (1)

    "Project Manager"

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    • 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.


  10. "Amazing Summer MBA Internship Experience"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in San Rafael, CA
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in San Rafael, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Autodesk as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The internship program is very well-structured and well-planned. The projects and goals are defined but interns do get a freedom to chart their own course if they would like to. For a MBA student, creating a network is really important and the internship provides enough opportunities for an intern to meet the organisation leaders and hear from them. The communication channels are very open and it is easy to reach out to people. People in the organisation are very helpful and respond to your requests very respectfully. Work-life balance is really good and interns get to attend many events like Baseball games, Design Night and Intern Olympics. Thus, the internship is also a good mix of fun.

    Cons

    As Autodesk is a product company that has grown as its products grew, many teams work on similar projects but in silos. Different teams may be using different tools.


  11. Helpful (7)

    "Not exactly what they like you to think"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in San Rafael, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in San Rafael, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Autodesk full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    flex work at home in many groups, loved learning about new technology uses for their products, great benefits

    Cons

    be prepared for constant re-orgs and layoffs, you can't trust that doing a good job will ensure your future at your job

    Advice to Management

    stability and employee loyalty would make for a better work place


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