Layoffs Hit Autodesk Employees

Apr 17, 2008 Full story: WorldCAD Access 6

The Marin Independent Journal reports Autodesk is cutting jobs for the reason of efficiency: The San Rafael-based computer-aided design software company made the cuts to employees in its Platform Solutions and ... via WorldCAD Access

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CAD GIS Tech

Saskatoon, Canada

#1 Apr 17, 2008
Maybe they should re-assign them to programming positions to get AutoCAD MAP 3D to do actual GIS work ... especially the simple stuff like TRANSPARENCY!! The current programmers can't seem to get Map 3D to do what other GIS packages have been doing for years. I'm going back to ESRI, maybe the laid off employees should too.
I wonder if Carl Bass would take a pay cut to keep some staff ... especially since he is such a great leader (CAD Society Leadership Award)?!
Hanna Strategies

Redwood City, CA

#2 Apr 28, 2008
This is all part of our plan of record to move R&D to our china development office. We will be able to elminate the fat and expensive staff in Marin, and hire excellent china's programmers, and enter that market with Strength.

Chien Ming
Mike

San Francisco, CA

#3 Jan 15, 2009
I guess that really sucks for the Marin staff eh?
Hanna Strategies wrote:
This is all part of our plan of record to move R&D to our china development office. We will be able to elminate the fat and expensive staff in Marin, and hire excellent china's programmers, and enter that market with Strength.
Chien Ming
Seumas

Ottawa, Canada

#4 Jan 18, 2009
CAD GIS Tech wrote:
Maybe they should re-assign them to programming positions to get AutoCAD MAP 3D to do actual GIS work ... especially the simple stuff like TRANSPARENCY!! The current programmers can't seem to get Map 3D to do what other GIS packages have been doing for years. I'm going back to ESRI, maybe the laid off employees should too.
I wonder if Carl Bass would take a pay cut to keep some staff ... especially since he is such a great leader (CAD Society Leadership Award)?!
I take it that you mean a larger one than the 10 percent cut he announced for himself and his senior VPs?
Jamaica Mark

Kingston, Jamaica

#5 Jan 16, 2010
You have to understand that ESRI doesn't lay off people or fire them. They squeeze them out when they see fit to reduce staff or get rid of an employee that might be making too much money or may have cost the company money while on disability. Trust me, I worked there as a software developer for 22 years. Core programmer, one of the first five programmers. Once I was expendable after my heart surgery, they squeezed me out. I've seen it over dozens of years. Don't let the false store front confuse you. So many of my former employees are miserable and just barely holding on to their jobs. Dangermond is shielded from the daily crap by management for fear of them loosing their own jobs. Its really sad because back in the 80's and 90's it used to be the coolest place to work. Most of us would say around the coffee pot that we would work here for free as long as we had a roof over our head and food on the table. Am I bitter? Sure a bit, but after being squeezed out by Don Barry (third in command) for supposedly costing the company US$70M while being on disability for a bad heart from going to the dentist, I lost all respect for the company and Dangermond. The fact that after 22 years he didn't even call me or have someone visit. All I got was a phone call that Chuck from HR was coming to my home to take all my computer equipment away after I had heart surgery. Trust me, ESRI is a company after one thing. To take your money, blind you with false promises. Don't get me wrong. "most" of the worker bees at the company are awesome. They are devoted, smart, and work their asses off. But management is blind. Including people like Keith Ryden who runs his department just like Julius Caesar.
Write on the Mark

Harrisburg, OH

#6 Mar 29, 2010
Autodesk continues to orchestrate layoffs. The difference is that now the RIFs are just smaller to keep them off the national radar. They just laid off a bunch of documentation folks last month.

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