Autonomy

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Autonomy Reviews

Updated Jul 05, 2014
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2.0 319 reviews

41% Approve of the CEO

Autonomy SVP & General Manager Robert Youngjohns

Robert Youngjohns

(37 ratings)

18% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Free breakfast Wednesday, free lunch Friday(in 33 reviews)

  • Nice office space and free lunch on Fridays but thats about it-(in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management has a HUGE disconnect between their employees(in 19 reviews)

  • HP executives unresponsive while all the talented Autonomy senior management is gone(in 18 reviews)

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    HP can't fix Autonomy fast enough

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsInteresting technology but for the most part, totally oversold. The existing customer base has not been served well and it is impossible to sell again to existing customers due to their poor experience.

    ConsManagement has been slow to remove the old Autonomy guard. The culture is very much at odds with traditional HP. In short the many of the core solutions do not work or are so heavyweight that it takes an army of consultants to make it work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIntegrate Autonomy into HP SW - align the sales teams so there is not so much duplication.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Glad I did, but wouldn't go back.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsHuge learning experience - lots of variety in the work.
    Great people in the Calgary office.
    The experience and the people made the time there worthwhile.

    ConsUpper management was terrible. Showed a complete lack of basic respect to staff that was not in Cambridge.
    Raises were rare - basically you had to turn in a resignation for upper management to approve a raise.
    Nearly impossible to get a purchase order for equipment approved.
    Hiring staff was difficult as senior management would only approve a new hire if they came from a university that was acceptable to them.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Expect stress, then expect to be fired

    Technical Support Specialist (Former Employee) Calgary, AB

    ProsMoney was good to start, there were free lunches on Fridays, and you got 5 weeks vacation.

    ConsFirst, while you got 5 weeks vacation, you needed those 5 weeks to de-stress. When supporting a software product that you have 0 knowledge of going into the job, you are given little training, no documentation, and little helpful assistance from senior staff because they weren't trained either.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhen you mention that you have never laid off an employee in your history, make sure you haven't recently fired an entire office.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Calgary office is a sweatshop

    Technical Support Specialist (Europe) (Former Employee) Calgary, AB

    Pros-You'll have the chance to work with unique technology, Enterprise Search, E-Discovery, Call Centre Management Software, E-Mail Archiving and Business Process Automation.
    -Software supported on several platforms, opportunity to learn new skills.
    -There are great people at Autonomy Calgary (ex Verity)

    Cons-There is no PMO or SDLC in place, no agile or waterfall, software is developed and released with poor planning. The customer base is unhappy with the product quality and support, customers have learned that the only way to get a bug fixed is to go legal.
    -There are banned words at Autonomy, for example; if you tell a customer you have found a bug in the software, you'll be fired. You'll be reminded via email not to say or write the banned words or else. This practice creates paranoia and high levels of stress.
    -Micro-management defines Autonomy. Managers at Calgary office have no voice, everything is done according to the directives of a few people in the UK, they decide hiring, terminations and everything else, Calgary managers execute orders no questions asked.
    -You'll be promised bonuses, salary increases and much more but in reality you won't get anything and forget about career growth.
    -Work life balance doesn't exists. It is extreme really, they will check the ID card readers to check the time you got in and the time you go home and monitor the time you take for lunch. I have seen nasty emails sent to employees for leaving 10 minutes before close of business. My manager did a good job at fighting this culture but gave up, he left the company.
    -The workload for each tech is so high it is ridiculous.
    -Don't expect a performance review or manager feedback on goals and achievements.
    -Promotions are given to managers friends and even relatives. nepotism?
    -Lastly, do not bother applying for a job if your GPA is less than 3.5

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou are not running a startup, it is time to change your management practices and stop the micro managing style.
    The best asset in Autonomy is the people, you need to take care of your staff, don't just promise, walk the talk and reward (at least say thanks once in a while) your employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    About the Compnay

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosif you are looking for some sort of easy, something similar to govt. desk job, then this is the place for you

    Consnot much opportunities. Fresher, avoid it as much as possible

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Don't work here

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsWork from home (when not traveling). Free Friday lunch and bagels on Wednesday mornings. Many exceptional people work here.

    ConsMany unhappy customers. Bad management. Unethical sales teams. Products not as good as advertised and lagging behind the competition. No true integrated solutions, just components that should work together but don't. Unpredictable travel requirements. No career development opportunity.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of all of the legacy Autonomy managers, they have no idea how to run a company. Reduce the number of products being developed and renew the focus on quality. Try actually using your company's own products.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A sad dream for HP

    Sales Executive (Current Employee) Paris (France)

    ProsA good technology. A real potential in France, bigger than the original market called the search engine.
    Great HP network.

    ConsAcquisition by HP which doesn't know what information management is. HP doesn't know the Autonomy market. Will become a bad acquisition like Palm or EDS.
    Old products (WCM, DAM, records management, ...) compared to competitors and customer requests. Lack of R&D.
    Bad image at many French customers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire relevant managers with IM background, not only excel managers. This way, they'll be able to set the right strategy for Autonomy

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    disorganized operation!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsAble to work independently. Learning experience. Newly created position with many challenges.

    ConsNo raises or bonuses in two years!! High turnover. When HP took over my position in finance became extremely frustrating with the micro management mentality! My position was newly created & an uphill challenge to say the least! Myself & two colleagues without little supervision made remarkable strides. The manager @ HP had zero experience & would constantly send emails reminding up what to do! So happy my position was relocated!!

    Advice to Senior ManagementTo retain good talent you must pay well & don't continue to have the arrogant attitude "if you don't like it leave"! In my two year tenure I've seen top talent abandon ship!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Starting job here

    Software Engineer (Former Employee) Cambridge, South West England, England (UK)

    ProsIt is good place for student just graduate from university. It is starting job.

    ConsNo salary increase , benefit is getting worse. Many people leave after it sold to HP.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    Terrible

    Sales Engineer (Former Employee) Chicago, IL (US)

    ProsPeople from companies acquired by Autonomy are descent people.

    ConsHorrible management philosophy. Treat employees like crap.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTo HP management...clean house!

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