Mid-January layoffs at Autodesk took 750 jobs. Each of the San Rafael, Calif.-based firm’s seven sectors lost 10% of their workforce, says spokeswoman Colleen Rubart, responding to reports that the architecture, engineering and construction unit—and particularly Constructware, acquired in February 2006—was disproportionately hit. Each division leader determined how to cut, Rubart says. Constructware lost roughly the same 10%, although co-founder Kenneth Scott Unger, director of construction for Autodesk AEC Solutions, was let go.
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.