Autodesk "middle management" Reviews | Glassdoor

Autodesk Employee Reviews about "middle management"

Updated Jul 18, 2019

To filter reviews, or .

4.0
82%
Recommend to a Friend
87%
Approve of CEO
Autodesk CEO Andrew Anagnost
Andrew Anagnost
457 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great work life balance - Supportive team(in 321 reviews)

  • "Great work environment with managers who are there to support you and help you grow early in your career(in 137 reviews)

Cons
  • "Middle management needs to be little mature in some part of the organization(in 54 reviews)

  • "Work/Life Balance (The job can be all-consuming at times)(in 50 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

Reviews about "middle management"

Return to all Reviews
  1. "Great company and leaders"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Rafael, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Autodesk full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Products are great asset to the company

    Cons

    Middle management needs to be little mature in some part of the organization

    Autodesk2019-02-23
  2. Helpful (2)

    "Good for someone starting their career"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Autodesk full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Innovative People are nice Relaxed atmosphere Six week paid sabbatical Company does really cool stuff They encourage work life balance

    Cons

    Can be passive aggressive. Pay is below market value. Lots of re-orgs, not uncommon to switch teams 1 - 2 a year. Middle management isn't always aligned with leadership. Getting a pay raise internally, better off leaving and trying to come back at a higher rate.

    Advice to Management

    Make a bigger investment in current workforce not just new hires.

    Autodesk2019-02-14
  3. Helpful (4)

    "Too bad activist investors exist"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Autodesk full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Work life balance, and scope of projects

    Cons

    many layers of middle management who need to dilute or block good ideas from seeing the light of day

    Autodesk2019-01-28
  4. Helpful (2)

    "It is fun and very "meaningful" to work for Autodesk"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Autodesk full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Meaningful work. You have effect on human's quality of work and life - Great work and life balance - Good benefits. Good perks - Great company culture - Great offices.

    Cons

    - VERY political - Hard to get promotion/ advancements - Not good middle management

    Advice to Management

    Let people know they can grow in ADSK. Get A player and middle managers

    Autodesk2018-04-26
  5. Helpful (29)

    "Former Technology Leader Now Stumbling Blindly"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Autodesk full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Marginally competitive salaries. Well respected brand.

    Cons

    No path for advancement, unless employee van become “Teacher’s Pet” of someone in management. Extremely political environment. Must practice “Artificial Harmony” in order to survive. Hates to receive input that differs from preconceived ideas. Incredibly incompetent middle management Company encourages a cutthroat environment, vicious backstabbing, and evaluations based mostly on personality alignment... rather than competence. Massive layoffs under the guise of “Restructuring”. This has created anxiety, since performance has little to do with being laid off. Clear age discrimination practices.

    Show More
    Autodesk2018-01-09
  6. Helpful (13)

    "Such potential, blurred by constant change"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Autodesk full-time

    Pros

    Respectable and competitive compensation package. Beautiful offices worldwide filled with many incredibly bright and innovative minds. Autodesk's investments in facilities to showcase the breadth of innovation and solution capability (the Gallery at 1 Market, Pier 9, the Build Space, etc.) Find the right team and manager, you will thrive. Alternative can be quite the opposite experience.

    Cons

    Lack of strong, respected executive level leaders and mentors: - Executive leadership team is largely inaccessible other than Town Hall sessions. - Executive leadership team is saturated with experience in Autodesk's historic business model and void of experience in Autodesk's new business models (SAAS, cloud, customer success, etc.). - Executive leadership team is out of touch with customers and their... expectations as well as the internal Autodesk workforce. - Executive Sales leaders are ego driven, arrogant and have limited to no self-awareness of their roots. They routinely take input from a limited few in their inner circles and rarely demonstrate trust across their extended leadership teams. Annual restructuring events: - Annual restructuring events are highly distracting, morale killers and lack the needed transparency from the executive leadership levels. Messaging is perceived as disingenuous. - Middle management is left to deliver the difficult message to the masses without real clarity or proper pre-planning. - Poor timing prior to the holidays and in the midst of closing year end business. Opportunities to advance: - Advancement opportunities have the perception they are hand-picked for a chosen few and often filled before positions are opened. - Very limited opportunity to pursue adjacent roles unless you're located in San Francisco or a major office. If located elsewhere, no relocation assistance is offered. - Unless you're in San Francisco, Boston or one of the Hubs (Denver, Barcelona, etc.) you're extremely limited if not excluded altogether from any growth or consideration. - Little time is invested in developing and evolving a culture to coach, develop and build talent. There are development programs, but again, only available for a select chosen few. That selection process is mysterious and lacks the necessary transparency to gain the buy-in programs like these need to succeed.

    Show More

    Advice to Management

    Minimize the annual distracting restructuring and demonstrate awareness of the tremendous impact on business, people & morale, especially with their timing around the holidays. These events are extremely detrimental to morale and employee's engagement. Set a clear vision, build the business plans deep in strategy, accountability and execution to deliver the outcomes necessary to achieve our stated corporate... goals. The compass heading cannot dramatically change every year or people cannot see the destination. Take a hard look at some of the executive leadership in place (e.g. Sales) and assess their ability to develop and motivate world class organizations. There are a few of these individuals that are obsolete in their style and not at all role models of the competencies the rest of their organizations are held accountable to and measured against.

    Show More
    Autodesk2017-12-21
  7. Helpful (12)

    "Dynamic"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Autodesk full-time

    Pros

    Some very nice people. Stock appears to be doing well if fundamentals aren't one's thing

    Cons

    Chaotic environment. A sales organization, perhaps not a software company. Buy, don't develop. "Good enough", aggressive anti-customer culture. Agenda-based middle management, personal initiatives abound. Constant turnover. A cross between a cliquey sorority, an offshore call center and a car dealership.

    Advice to Management

    Good luck.

    Autodesk2017-11-23
  8. Helpful (14)

    "Lost in Translation"

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

    I worked at Autodesk full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good benefits, nice office location in SF, some really smart people to learn from. A lot of potential.

    Cons

    Senior management has a pretty good idea of where they want to go, but little clue about how to get there. Additionally, middle management is blown up with many incompetent people, some with old school mindsets. Overall a lot of potential led by an old boys club stuck in the past.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce management overhead and some of the bold egos. Make sure people share one vision. Get rid of the silos and political fights, it costs to much money and you lose the great people who actually do the work and drive the company forward.

    Autodesk2016-10-06
  9. Helpful (6)

    "Rudest Employees - Blatantly skip meetings or do not respond."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Autodesk full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    As an organization Autodesk makes a significant investment in projects to enrich the global community through a focus on sustainability, education, and accessibility. Their product offerings are decent, and their UX is to be commended.

    Cons

    Rudest set of employees I have ever worked with. Constantly late or do not show up to meetings. No notification. Middle management lie to upper management saying that a project is under way, when no kick off meeting or context has been introduced. Middle management shirk work to jr employees or interns on the basis that "the experience is great for you" whether or not it has any relevance. Employees send urgent... emails while on "holiday" or "forced holidays".

    Show More

    Advice to Management

    Ask yourself what these initiatives mean. What are they attempting to solve? What is driving the team you have in front of you? Do their intentions match your corporate goals? You may be surprised.

    Autodesk2016-09-07
  10. Helpful (10)

    "culture needs to improve"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Software Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Autodesk

    Pros

    interesting work, new technology stack, training, sabbatical program, flexible work hours, free lunch

    Cons

    Terrible culture; something that has become progressively worse in past 2 years. Bloated middle management where engineers are underappreciated and managers reward themselves. no negative or critical opinions are "allowed", a very bureaucratic mindset where "who you know" is more important than "what you know" .

    Advice to Management

    work on re-structuring your attitude

    Autodesk2016-06-14
Found 53 reviews