Autonomy
2.0 of 5 302 reviews
www.autonomy.com Cambridge, United Kingdom 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Apr 17, 2014
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Autonomy SVP & General Manager Robert Youngjohns

Robert Youngjohns

(26 ratings)

17% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Glad I did, but wouldn't go back.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Autonomy full-time for more than 3 years

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

I worked at Autonomy

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

I worked at Autonomy

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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disorganized operation!

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Autonomy full-time for more than a year

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)

I worked at Autonomy full-time for more than a year

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

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Terrible

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

I worked at Autonomy full-time for more than a year

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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The blind leading the blind

Sales Director (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA (US)

I worked at Autonomy full-time for less than a year

ProsI met very smart and very loyal fellow workers who were honest and hard working.

ConsI met ruthless and unpleasant management who were dishonest and incompetent at their jobs. Some of whom should be in prison for the robbery that was the sale to HP.

Advice to Senior ManagementYou are not the smartest people in the room. Listen to your employees. Respect work life balance. Manage collaboratively and not through intimidation.

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

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Seriously bad managemt

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Autonomy

ProsHp is hopeful that Autonomy software will help software sales. With global restructuring and Autonomy getting rid of terrible lack luster management they might have a chance.

ConsClean house Hp. Just bad management all the way up. Bully tactics and lie lie lie ..,hp needs to really pay attention. Really good people walk out because of management and there's always an excuse made.

Advice to Senior ManagementEither learn your job or go find another one. I have never seen more incompetence at on company.

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no change = no improvement!

Sales Representative (Current Employee)
Singapore (Singapore)

I have been working at Autonomy full-time for more than 3 years

Pros* Good environment to learn office politics.
* Some solutions are good, but built on legacy software that was leading edge at one time

ConsIn APAC:

* Lipstick on the pig! - since HP has taken over Autonomy nothing has really changed except quotas have doubled blindly with no understanding of long term delivery or market trends.

* All they give is Obama style motivational speeches and no action!

* You are constantly beaten every day with unrealistic pressure at every turn because HP is trying to recouporate their money back!

Advice to Senior ManagementGet realistic and focus on people! They are the only REAL asset you have.

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

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Role in Legal Department? AVOID! Do not be fooled, this is NOT HP!

Legal Counsel (Former Employee)
Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

I worked at Autonomy full-time

Pros-*Technically* you are working for HP...
-Interesting technology
-Cambridge is a nice city

Cons-...but actually you are *not* working for HP: if HP is a massive tanker, Autonomy is a pan loosely tied to it with a thin rope, following the acquisition.
-Even following the acquisition over 2 years ago, Autonomy feels and functions as a completely unrelated company, which is causing terrible bureaucracy.
-A lot of talk from HP management about how Autonomy's procedures and processes are not synched with those at HP (which makes everything chaotic), yet no one at HP really wants the responsibility to do anything about it, as they know its a mess and will take years to sort out.
-Pay, benefits, etc are Autonomy levels not HP.
-State of Legal department in Cambridge is terrible: All lawyers left within past year, including the Head of Legal who left in October 2013. Currently only 2 people but for how long! Everyone is overworked, while HP Legal are not helping.

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

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