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Updated 7 December 2018
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  • "Work life balance is a struggle unless you are good at setting clear boundaries or good at integrating your life with work" (in 45 reviews)

  • "Incredibly incompetent middle management" (in 49 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great work-life balance and a company I believe in"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Autodesk full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work-life balance is fantastic
    Trust-based environment, working independently - help is always available if need be
    Great benefits packages and good salary
    Opportunities to travel
    Good social dynamic at the office
    Work we do really feels like it makes a difference
    Diverse range of opportunities in terms of job roles

    Cons

    Not always a clear path for progression
    Setting goals and setting up personal development is overly complex
    Focus on diversity seems to have preferences that lean towards hiring ethnically minorities and women rather than the best person for the job - this is most likely at a micro level however, not policy
    International communication can be difficult with teams across time zones

    Advice to Management

    Try to maintain/improve the social capital of the company, as I believe this is the strongest asset at the company, and give people a well structured path to where they want to be in the company and make the employee development process less bureaucratic

    Autodesk Response

    13 Aug 2018 – Head of Global Diversity & Inclusion

    Thanks so much for your feedback. We are working on initiatives right now to make the process of progression more transparent--I would say that there are certain groups that have done more here... More


  2. "Gear people/work environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Autodesk full-time

    Pros

    Very good teams to work with

    Cons

    Sold as an engineering role involving lots of projects - reality doesnt reflect that.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Mixed feelings"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, England
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Autodesk full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good salaries, package, office, team.

    Cons

    Strategy changes every several months, instability, insecurity.
    Projects get stopped mid-way to change direction; frequent re-orgs; layoffs > low morale.

    Too many management layers. Often managers are not co-located with the team. Lots of politics, favoritism.

    No sense of doing something useful and meaningful as quite likely your project or even the entire product will be killed, because it does not fit this month's company strategy.

    Advice to Management

    Choose a strategy and actually follow it for at least couple of years. Do not change everything every several months.


  4. "Marketing Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Autodesk full-time

    Pros

    relaxed atmosphere, nice office, nice canteen

    Cons

    bureaucratic in some ways, clique management


  5. "Software Engineering"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Manager in Birmingham, England
    Current Employee - Software Development Manager in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Autodesk part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, good work life balance, nice building, supportive colleagues

    Cons

    Constant change of strategy means the goalposts keep moving.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "So and so"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Autodesk part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits while working there (health insurance, generous pension)

    Cons

    Redundancies on big scale, regularly
    Not transparent - management didn‘t communicate effectively
    Employees feel like numbers, not like humans that employer is interested in


  7. "Best company ever (Sheffield Branch)"

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    Current Employee - Junior Software Engineer in Sheffield, England
    Current Employee - Junior Software Engineer in Sheffield, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice community feel for an office of this size. Everyone is treated as an equal.

    Plenty of perks, benefits and company events.

    Opportunity for travel (depending on role)

    Very considerate management, open to new ideas and they always listen if you have something important to say.

    Loads of highly-skilled colleagues to learn from.

    State-of-the-art equipment.

    Very comfortable work environment (best in my 17-job career). Most work environments look like a sweatshop by comparison.

    Cons

    You have to watch some training videos every now and again.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!

  8. "Futuristic and diverse"

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in London, England
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Autodesk full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work is futuristic and diverse, great work life balance. Senior leadership very open and approachable.

    Cons

    Too many reorganizations in quick succession


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Technical Account Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - Technical Account Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Autodesk full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - great opportunities to develop skill sets and perspectives for further careers
    - global collaboration
    - amazing colleagues

    Cons

    - inefficient middle-management
    - constantly changing / inconsistent strategy
    - lots of unnecessary internal presentations and reports, rather than working on facts
    - layoffs


  10. "Good few years!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Autodesk full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    dynamic company, lots of opportunities and great colleagues

    Cons

    changes a lot, can be positive or negative depending on your mindset!