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"Was a good company, but has degraded badly in the past few years."

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Current Employee - Software QA Analyst in Manchester, NH
Current Employee - Software QA Analyst in Manchester, NH
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

The people here are GREAT...no problems there. Unfortunately, that's pretty much the only good thing any more. Oh, and that folks can bring their dogs in to work...but most folks are much too busy to do so any more.

Cons

Salaries are so-so, not great, especially considering the long hours that are really needed to get our jobs done. Nice bennies package, though. Stock has basically been horizontal for several years, so, unless something changes drastically in the market, there's not much opportunity for earnings beyond salary and bonus (although the ESPP is decent).
Division reorganizations every year or so are an incredible waste of time and energy...seems like a low cost-benefit ratio, and a lot of wasted time. Very Dilbert.
Reviews are now rather rigid here: 20% of people get an "A", 70% get a "C", and 10% get an "F"...even if your whole group is stellar, or even if they are awful, 20% of them will get a great bonus and pay increase, and 10% will get neither. Guess the thing to do is make sure you join an under-performing group, then you'll have an easy time getting an "A". Seems like this could be handled with a little more finesse.
Most folks I know are just biding their time, waiting to escape from what was once a great company to work for. We really miss Carol Bartz!

Advice to Management

Quit with the stupid re-org's, and quit drinking the Jack Welch Kool-Aid...we create software, we do not make lightbulbs...you cannot manage us like a manufacturing company and expect to be successful. Or, as many believe, are you really just ripening us for a takeover, so you can get your nice fat buyouts?

Other Employee Reviews for Autodesk

  1. Helpful (2)

    "No Career Growth Path"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Rafael, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Rafael, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    excellent benefits
    reputable company
    convenient location
    solid executive team
    great product
    excellent individual contributor level staff

    Cons

    very political organization
    corporate functions severely mismanaged
    ineffective performance review process
    extremely limited growth opportunities in certain functional roles

    Advice to Management

    stop playing favorites - recruit and retain top talent for their skills
    minimize the politics by rewarding those who don't play
    take an active interest in employees doing less glamorous jobs (corporate functions)


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Like Movie Office Space"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager in San Rafael, CA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in San Rafael, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay. Great products with strong market position. Good benefits. Flexibility about work schedule.

    Cons

    Lack of senior management alignment, paralyzing indecision/lack of leadership combined with pressure to "get things done". Highly political, with success based on loyalty and insider maneuvering rather than what's good for company. Lots of old timers who ignore newcomers.

    Advice to Management

    Fire most of senior staff (VP/Senior Director level) and promote new blood: people who have ability to work together towards company goals rather than jockeying for your job. Enough with the cost cutting--tell Wall Street to screw themselves and focus on serving customers better.

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