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"A company that would rather lose 10 good employees than fire a bad manager."

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Former Employee - Senior Technical Writer in Manchester, NH
Former Employee - Senior Technical Writer in Manchester, NH
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

You get to work with cool software. The office environment, spacially, is beautiful. There's opportunity to move geographically if you want or need to.

Cons

Lots of long term, embedded fat in the employee base. Most are entrenched into cliques of past bought-out companies. Management allows some employees to surf the web all day while other workers pick up the slack. Their review/compensation process is used as a cowardly payback system by disgruntled peers. It was by far the most juvenile, petty, and viscious environment that I have ever worked.

Advice to Management

When an entire group rebels against a manager year after year with consistent, horrific reviews, perhaps you should replace the manager rather than let your best talent walk out the door with years of knowledge. Don't relocate the problem so another group will suffer; let the person go. Your loyalty to incompetant managers is your achilles heel.

Other Employee Reviews for Autodesk

  1. Helpful (5)

    "What was once a great place to work is losing its luster"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Global company in a growing and interesting industry with a great product line and growth opportunities. There is a lot to learn and experience. If you get in to the right group with good manager or VP it is a great place to work.

    The flexible work environment, work-life balance (although this aspect has been fading in recent years), and support for family time are really great.

    Employee training and focus on developing skills is also a great reason to work at Autodesk.

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for advancement with promotions very dependent on the group you are in. If you have the good fortune to be in a group that is not crowded you have a greater chance to being promoted then in larger groups. This has more impact on your prospects then if you are qualified and have a great track record. Usually the best strategy is to move teams but this can be tricky. The internal politics around products and revenue associated with products is a little tired it feels like you are in competition with other divisions more then with other competitors.

    Layoffs, restructuring, and "doing more with less" are taxing employee morale and turning Autodesk into just another place to work and not something special.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on making this a great place to work and building great products and less on optimizing EPS, the stock price or margins. If you focus on the people, the customer and product the rest will follow. There is a lot of penny wise and pound foolish behavior.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good company to work for and a leader in the design field."

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Rafael, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Rafael, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Autodesk is a strong company and established leader in the design field. They have a great diversity of exciting products in a field that is hard for other companies to break into. The compensation and benefits package is good.

    Cons

    Complex business processes cost the company and slow them down. Management could be stronger. Innovation in business systems is behind the technology curve.

    Advice to Management

    Simplify the business processes to make it easier for customers to work with and to make company more dynamic and scalable. Simplify decision making process, placing more trust in individual contributors to make decisions and act in best interest of company.

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