2015 Top Places to Work in PR: Autodesk

Autodesk has very strong benefits by technology industry standards. In the U.S., the most notable benefit is a 6 week paid sabbatical every continuous four years for every employee. It is a key retention tool.

The company also closes all its offices worldwide between Christmas Eve and New Year's Day, calling it an Annual Week of Rest. Other great benefits include a focus on wellness. Employees who work at least 20 hours a week are eligible for the taxable wellness reimbursement up to $300 per calendar year for fitness, massage, health or weight coaching. Autodesk also has onsite fitness centers and fitness classes at a number of its facilities. Autodesk lets employees bring their dogs to work, including at its corporate headquarters in San Rafael, CA.

Autodesk supports employees to create a better world at work, at home and in the community. Through “Impact at Home,” Autodesk employees can receive discounts on products and services to make their home and commute more sustainable. Offers have included discounts on electric vehicle purchases, transit passes and solar panel installations.

Autodesk also reimburses 100% of costs associated with adopting a child up to a $5000 maximum. Other noteworthy benefits include access to health and flexible savings accounts, pre-tax transportation benefits, discounted insurance services like pet insurance, long term care insurance, life, home and auto insurance, legal services and more.

Also of note is the fact that the PR team is filled with strong women leaders around the world, and 100% of its PR directors are women. Autodesk has an active "Women in Leadership" organization, as well as an ambassador program to aid in recruiting for women in technical roles. Its CEO staff presently has two female members on the leadership, the SVP of Global Customer Support and Operations and the SVP of HR and Real Estate, and it also has two female board members.