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For employees of AUTODESK (NO. 31 BEST LARGE COMPANY), the sheer coolness of some of the work they do may be enough to have earned the company repeated spots on the 100 Best list.
A design, engineering and entertainment software firm whose manufacturing industry group calls Lake Oswego home, Autodesk software helped design professionals conjure up the Shanghai Tower, a spacey, 2,000-foot skyscraper currently under construction in China. The company’s first-ever iPhone application, SketchBook Mobile, is one of Apple’s most popular, and Autodesk technology was behind much of the colorful world and creatures in James Cameron’s epic film Avatar, the highest-grossing movie of all time.
“I think our employees are proud to work for a company developing cool and innovative technology that makes a difference in the world,” says Buzz Kross, senior vice president of Autodesk’s manufacturing industry group.
About 170 Autodesk employees work in Lake Oswego, nearly all of them involved in software development or product management. According to Kross, Autodesk provides tools and opportunities for professional development and encourages every employee to forge their own careers.
“The sky is the limit,” he says.
In addition, Autodesk honors and rewards its technological innovators through a patent incentive program, lets employees bring their dogs to work, reimburses for fitness club memberships and offers benefits to bicycle commuters. And on top of that, all employees are eligible for a six-week paid sabbatical every four years.
“The sabbatical program is unique because it is embedded in our culture,” Kross says. “People come back refreshed and motivated and say this is one of their favorite benefits.”
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