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Pros
  • Work life balance is always depends on the person (in 206 reviews)

  • You can work from home anytime you need to and every 4 years you have the sabbatical: 6 weeks of paid vacation (in 49 reviews)

Cons
  • Very hard to get promoted to Director and establish upward career path, hard to maintain decent work/life balance esp (in 33 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)

    "Intern software development"

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    Current Employee - Intern Software Development in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Intern Software Development in Waltham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nothing much of pros to write.

    Cons

    Products are pretty old. No opportunity for full time from internship. Intern projects doesn't go into production.

    Advice to Management

    Better intern projects. Bring in latest technologies.


  2. "Internship"

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    Former Intern - QA Analyst in Waltham, MA
    Former Intern - QA Analyst in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Laid back atmosphere inspires creativity
    -Flexible hours
    -Parking
    -Nice people
    -Many "intern" office events
    -Great exposure to professional atmosphere

    Cons

    -Tough commute
    -Office feels empty sometimes

    Advice to Management

    -Keep up the good work
    -Make sure people know what they are working on

  3. "Engineer Intern"

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    Former Intern - Engineer Intern in Waltham, MA
    Former Intern - Engineer Intern in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very nice people, especially my manager is always ready to listen and offer helps! Good work/life balance. The canteen is very good!

    Cons

    High level did not pay to much to experiment projects (perhaps only to mine). Food is good but not free.

    Advice to Management

    The upper layer stuff could pay more attention to experimental projects, for example, build a group to manage such projects and make evaluations on them.


  4. Helpful (15)

    "Worst job I ever had!"

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    Former Employee - User Experience Designer in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - User Experience Designer in Waltham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Autodesk (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Really cool products. Great talent in workforce. Beautiful workplaces. So much potential to create great products.

    Cons

    Company only cares about pleasing stockholders and not customers. Would consistently bypass needed product improvements that existing customers were begging for and instead focus on sexy shiny bauble features that would attract new customers. They didn't care if customers complained because Autodesk's strategy is to buy up any potential product competitors so customers have no choice. Horrible place to work if you care about producing quality products and giving customers what they need. Also, it suspiciously seemed that "older" folks were being "encouraged" to leave by offering the juicy projects to younger staff. Politics were toxic. Managers took care of themselves and hung their people out to dry.

    Advice to Management

    The managers and executives are too focused on their own career advancement, company growth and sales, and getting rich to listen to any advice.


  5. "Great work environment and attention to employee needs"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Autodesk full-time

    Pros

    Autodesk really goes the extra mile to ensure employees needs are met in terms of work space, meeting rooms, technology provided, food options, and extras. As mentioned in other reviews there is a good work-life balance and there is constant communication/interaction with upper management.

    Cons

    The challenges may be trying to accomplish certain projects or entrepreneurial initiatives. Autodesk's size has made if difficult to get things done quickly, it suffers from the same problems that other large tech companies go through in trying to evolve and keep pace with smaller start ups while maintaining market share.


  6. "Great experience"

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    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly in Waltham, MA
    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great innovative work culture.
    Employees are helpful.
    Great employee development resources.

    Cons

    Differentiating contingent workforce and interns with full time employees.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce number of teleconference meetings


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Challenging work, smart colleagues, adequate compensation & benefits."

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    Current Employee - Senior Principal Software Engineer in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Software Engineer in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart developers working on some of the more interesting and challenging kinds of applications. Senior management has a good direction for the company. Flexible environment--easy to work from home.

    Cons

    Salary increases and fringe benefits are meager. It doesn't feel like the company is growing. People in the office lack confidence in middle management.

  8. "Frustrating at times"

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    Current Employee - Senior Business Manager in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Business Manager in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Passionate people, good products and positioning in marketplace.

    Company's focus on cloud/mobile is exciting for the long term but the pendulum has swung too much towards it and current products are being neglected.

    Stock program is quite good and can make some extra $ from it.

    Cons

    Endless reorgs. People are moved around without regard for their skill set.

    Warning: If you accept a job (other than engineering) be warned that it your job won't be what you are doing 12 months later.

    Very very west coast centric. If you aren't in the SF office - you wont have much opportunity to grow.

    Too much reliance on "data". The amount of time put together creating dashboards, goal posts etc. is insane. Heavy overlap between different teams doing similar functions.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management needs to get out of the west coast and mingle with the other teams.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    Current Contractor - Software QA Analyst in Waltham, MA
    Current Contractor - Software QA Analyst in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They have a very flexible schedule, with ability to work remotely, required vacation time, a fair bit of contact with upper management, and they are constantly acquiring great and exciting companies!

    Cons

    Not many young people- they could do more university grads but great flexibility in the working environment and happy employees!

    Advice to Management

    As with any big company, the upper management could always be more transparent and the process could be less bureaucratic, but I think they are working to be more clear.


  10. "Lots of support for new hires"

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    Current Employee - Senior User Experience Designer in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Senior User Experience Designer in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    New hires receive a good relocation package. Fellow employees and managers are very welcoming.

    Cons

    The commute to the Waltham office is tough -- it's a bit far from public transit...and anything else!

    Advice to Management

    Make it easier to get back and forth...an employee shuttle to the T. Working parents could use onsite day care. Because of the office location, there are few child care resources nearby.


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