Autodesk Inc.


Autodesk Inc. makes computer-aided design (CAD) software, including its flagship AutoCAD program, used primarily by architects and engineers to design, draft, and model products, buildings and other construction projects. The San Rafael, Calif.-based company also develops and sells precision-drafting software and geographic-information systems (GIS) used for mapping. Autodesk's 3D applications are also used for industrial design and manufacturing.

The company's multimedia tools and digital-content applications are used in animation, film editing, and special effects. The several recent winners of the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects used Autodesk software tools to design, visualize and simulate their ideas.

Autodesk eliminated 750 jobs during three rounds of layoffs in 2009.


In 2009, Autodesk was named one of the world's Most Influential Companies by Business Week and one of the world's Most Admired Companies by Fortune magazine. The company is known for having a casual work environment at its headquarters. Some locations have breakrooms which include ping-pong tables and video-game systems with large-screen displays.


Autodesk Inc. has a bonus system, called Autobucks, which awards cash and non-cash bonuses to individuals and teams for stellar wok. Non-cash awards include dinners, theater tickets, gift certificates and trips.

Facts & Resources

Employees:   6,500
Stock Quote   ADSK
Company Site:
Career Site:   Careers


Subsidiaries & Divisions

  • ALGOR Inc.
  • iLogic Technology Ltd.

  • Platform Solutions and Emerging Business
  • Architecture, Engineering and Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Media and Entertainment


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