This excerpt taken from the ADSK 10-K filed Mar 31, 2005.
New Hires, Terminations, and Transfers
To be eligible for a Bonus under the Plan, Participants must be hired prior to January 1, 2006. Funding for Plan Participants hired during the Plan Year but before January 1, 2006 is pro-rated according to the actual number of calendar days active.
Participants also must be active regular employees on the Autodesk payroll on the last day of the Plan Year (January 31, 2006) to be eligible to receive a Bonus for the Plan Year. Any exception to this requirement must be approved by the SVP of HR. In certain cases, local law may dictate that a partial payment be made based on performance and time in the job and Autodesk will address each such situation on a case by case basis. Participants who transfer to a non-eligible (i.e., sales) position before the end of the Plan Year may be eligible for a prorated award payout if still employed by Autodesk on the last day of the Plan Year. Bonus awards will be discretionary and reflect performance in the eligible position. All prorated Bonus payouts, if applicable, will be manually processed at the end of the Plan Year and paid on the normal AIP payout date.