Excellent Benefits, Location, Facilities, Bad Culture
UX (Current Employee) – San Francisco, CA – March 3, 2016
Pros: Benefits, Salary, Location, Facilities, Resources, decent/fairly interesting products, free lunch 2 days per week, work from home on Friday.
Cons: New employees will struggle to be effective at times due to the large amount of "backstory" knowledge resident in the heads of existing employees. This is a very political place, Management is ineffective at driving initiatives to success. The company appears to be struggling with reconciling its culture from when it was smaller with the changes required to be efficient as a larger company. Its not uncommon to have conference calls at night during the week to collaborate with other ADSK offices in other timezones.
Benefits, Salary, Location, Facilities, Resources, decent/fairly interesting products, free lunch 2 days per week.
Very Political, Confused management, growth challenges, late night conf calls
Great technology but executive management fragmented
Manager (Current Employee) – San Francisco, CA – February 11, 2016
Autodesk provides really cool technology to a variety of interesting industries. A person beginning their career could really learn a lot here. But executive management is erratic, with no centralized product management or strategy. Too many products, some of which overlap each other. Lots of territorial conflicts due to lack of leadership.
Great technology, cool locations, top notch benefits
Erratic management, resulting in overlapping products, lots of politics, hard to advance.
Manager, Employee Impact Program (Former Employee) – San Rafael, CA – February 8, 2016
After 18 years, it is sad to be part of the 10% reduction in force at Autodesk. It has been the most challenging, exciting, and rewarding place I have ever worked. The corporate culture is good, and the people are fantastic. It's an innovative company with lots of creativity. I've learned so much and I am ready to take my experience and knowledge to another great company.
Good people, latte machines for free coffee drinks, good work space
Lots of pressure, lots of overtime, unreasonable timelines
A software development company for the business minded
principal designer (Former Employee) – San Rafael, CA – January 8, 2016
A typical day at Autodesk is enjoyable. Colleagues are steeped in experience and typically friendly and engaging. I've learned a lot about how to design and develop apps and platforms in the enterprise environment. Management in general is laissez faire (hands-off) and this approach tends to promote "being your own CEO" and driving success with one's own power and hard work. I have made quite a few great friends of co-workers. The hardest part of the job is carrying what can be a very heavy burden, depending on the role, team, product and division. The most enjoyable part is learning from wonderful people.
Good company, good benefits, but management needs work
Manager (Former Employee) – San Francisco, CA – April 17, 2016
Autodesk has a great product and employees can be proud to work for a company with such a good reputation. The people are terrific and the space in SF is pretty awesome. However, management is very uneven and not everyone is on the same page. There are a lot of mixed messages.
Beware of younger managers and those who have been with the company less than 2 years. They are eager, ambitious, and have little-to-no training on how to manage people. Loyalty and tenure are not valued at Autodesk, and the company does a major reduction in force about every 3-4 years, focusing on releasing employees who have been with the company more than 10 years.
Good benefits, sabbatical every 4 years, closed between Xmas and New Years
Major terminations occur every 3-4 years, with the majority of those impacted having working for the company a long time.
Sr Customer care team Lead / Manager (Former Employee) – San Rafael, CA – June 22, 2016
Management teams are excellent. Co-workers work very hard. Company culture is focused on results. There is a lot of overtime available which is excellent for those with a strong work ethic. Overall, the company culture is evolving to build a better work life balance For those who are dedicated, there are a lot of opportunities for advancement.
Lots of opportunity, company sabbaticals if you are there long enough
Partner Service Representative (Current Employee) – San Rafael, CA – August 24, 2016
I really enjoy my time working at Autodesk the environment is very open and the people to work with are very nice.My major complaint is it is very difficult to apply anywhere else internally. If you are working through a contract you could be let go at any moments notice without any notification ahead of time.
I can't say enough good about Autodesk. I loved my time there. They treat there employees so well. I was rookie of the year my first year in sales and was the only one of my team that was over quota. Love Autodesk.
New and innovative work combined with a small team that would maximize their creative output.
3D Artist - Contracted (Former Employee) – Fair Haven, NJ (Remote Work) – April 28, 2016
Working remotely for Autodesk allowed me to work from my own home and study, which was a newer experience, but one I end up thoroughly enjoying. The day would start off with a general meeting over Skype or Google Hangout, to discuss what we had accomplished the previous day, and what to work on in the upcoming hours. After about halfway through the day, we would have another meeting about our progress so far, and if there were any issues along the way.
I got to experience working with a small-knit group of 5, and being the only artist in the team, I was helping to direct the creative direction, and alert the team to any artistic aversions to the software. We worked with a soon-to-be released version of Autodesk Stingray, to prepare it for public use. I was also working heavily with virtual reality (VR) for the first time in a while, and it helped me get a better understanding of the development technology.
The best part of this job was the ease of access I had at any given time. I did not have to leave anything at the office because my study became my office for Autodesk, which let me have everything at arm's length if I needed it.
There were some technical issues with data transferring software as well as the newer implementation of VR with the pre-existing technology, but these were eventually remedied.
Project Coordinator, Creative Services (Former Employee) – San Rafael, CA – April 21, 2016
Worked there for several years. Back in the mid-1980's there were some fun, fun times.... but with the increase in need for more corporate structure, those days are sadly a memory... though fond memories :)
Partner Services & Operations Representative (Current Employee) – San Rafael, CA – March 26, 2016
Great company, great coworkers and fun place to be. The hardest part of the job is that technology changes so fast. Always adjusting to the new terminology and new technology can be hard. The job is very rewarding.
Business Analyst (Former Employee) – San Francisco, CA – February 16, 2016
7-9% of the workforce was cut at Autodesk, Inc. I was a contractor unfortunately at the time.
This is something I'd like to keep to myself only because there really wasn't much more to say than the fact that it was a great company to work. Unfortunately, budget cuts impacted my stay at Autodesk.