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Employee efforts

Engaging our employees

Our employees are the driving force behind everything we do as a company, so we work hard to inspire, develop, and engage them. They fuel our sustainability efforts and create tools and resources that enable our customers to advance the design-led revolution.


We tap into the creativity, expertise, and passion of our employees through our Employee Impact program, which we launched in 2014. Through this program, we are fostering a culture of impact and encouraging employees to help create a better world at work, at home, and in their communities.

Employees are encouraged to take advantage of sustainability-related benefits, employee networks, pro bono volunteering opportunities, and company matching funds for employee gifts of time and money to nonprofits. Employees who are motivated to rally their coworkers to important causes can join our Impact Champions program, which we support by facilitating networking and sharing of best practices and by providing toolkits to help champions succeed with event planning, fundraising, and communications.

In 2014, we expanded our matching gifts and volunteering programs to provide a bigger boost to employees’ donations of time and money. During fiscal year 2015, our employees supported 2,000 nonprofits by donating $929,000 and logging 17,500 volunteer hours. Autodesk in turn provided $901,000 in matching funds.

Find out more about how our employees are making an impact.

Training and development

To help employees develop their knowledge and skills, we provide a relevant and timely curriculum that is easy to access anytime, anywhere. We offer options to suit varying learning styles, time commitments, and accessibility. Finally, we regularly gather feedback through surveys and focus groups to assess the changing needs of employees.

Our four-day, interactive residential program for employees lets them try out models for leading teams and partnering with others, and teaches skills for decision making and productive conflict resolution.

A similar program for senior-level executives provides valuable perspective on our business and a hands-on simulation, as well as coaching and intensive small group work. We also provide training for all new managers to help them effectively develop employees and manage their time and resources.

Health and wellness

Our commitment to health and wellness begins with helping employees and their spouses or partners stay fit and minimize health concerns.

For our 2014 global wellness campaign, we participated in the Global Corporate Challenge. Almost 3,000 Autodesk employees from 36 countries got involved in a virtual race around the world that encouraged physical activity and team building.

Using accelerometers to track daily steps, participants logged their steps online and viewed their team’s progress compared with other Autodesk teams and teams from other companies. As a result of the program, many employees reported that they lost weight, improved their nutrition, slept better, and had lower stress levels and increased energy.