By Jan Becker, Autodesk senior vice president of Human Resources
Autodesk is honored to once again earn a position on the FORTUNE Best Companies to Work For list. This year we rose 18 places to number 52 on the list and Autodesk has been named one of the best places to work for seven years now.
We’re usually praised for the strength of our benefits like six-week paid sabbaticals, our people-friendly culture and the focus we put on creating amazing spaces where our employees work. To me, this is not everything that makes Autodesk a great place to work. I meet regularly with our over 7000 employees, and I commonly hear that they’re most excited about having meaningful impact on the world around us, the innovation occurring every day in our offices around the world, and how they are developing technology that is helping everybody imagine, design and create a better world. Whether they’re solving complex engineering problems or inventing new ways for architects, digital artists, industrial designers and makers to create, our employees are helping realize a new future of making things.
Our staff includes Distinguished Research Scientists, Maker Advocates, 3D printing experts and Academy Award winners who use our technology to preserve the past, collaborate with world-renowned artists, and help create a better world. Autodeskers value honesty, accountability, flexibility, and teamwork. In their spare time, you might find them teaching students and the next generation of designers at Stanford and University of California Berkeley. They’re even willing to drop everything to help make Batkid’s day in Gotham extra special.
It’s an exciting time to be at Autodesk. We’re focused on creating a new future of how things are made and our teams are working hard to approach this challenge. Some firsts from the past year include:
Continued success with Fusion 360, the first cloud-based computer aided design (CAD) software; the development of Spark, the first open 3D printing software platform and as a reference implementation of this, the creation of Ember, Autodesk’s first 3D printer; the establishment of the Autodesk Foundation, the first foundation to focus investment exclusively on the people and organizations using design for impact and, our software is now free for all students, faculty and educational institutions worldwide.
My thanks to each and every employee who helps make this company such a great place to work, and to FORTUNE and the Great Places to Work Institute for recognizing Autodesk on this list. If you’re interested in joining the team, I encourage you to learn more about our current openings.