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

Autonomy Reviews

Updated Mar 03, 2014
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38% Approve of the CEO

Autonomy SVP & General Manager Robert Youngjohns

Robert Youngjohns

(26 ratings)

17% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Not Bad

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Autonomy

ProsGreat culture in the office. Meg Whitman is a fantastic and visionary CEO.

ConsPoor compensation in terms of salary. Little opportunities for career growth.

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

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Good first work experiance after coming from University

Programmer (Former Employee)
Calgary, AB

I worked at Autonomy as an intern for more than a year

ProsGood inter office Social Program, planned activities and break room games.
Friendly helpful co-workers goof cooperation
Flexible working hours
Free coffee and drinks
Available fitness center, bike lockup and showers
Was able to learn a lot which was helpful for my first job after taking university classes.

ConsTasks where pretty focused, not much variety from day to day.
Open office made work environment very quit in order to not disturb others.
After I mastered all of my day to day duties would easily get bored with work

Advice to Senior ManagementMore opportunities to switch between projects

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Autonomy, it could be a great place to work (but for now it's just ok).

Technical Support Specialist (Current Employee)
Calgary, AB

I have been working at Autonomy

ProsAutnomy's Calgary office is very well run and a pretty fun place to work. The management in this office is very good about giving praise and letting you know that you have done a good job.
Autonomy's products interface with so many other vendors that it is possible to get exposed to a wide array of technologies (whether through supporting or developing the product). In addition to this, Autonomy has some really cool products(from voice and video search to liquid office) so there are some really fun things to play with. If you like to be on the cutting edge then Autonomy is a great place to be.

Autonomy keeps buying other companies so over the past while there have been lots of chances for transfers and advancement in positions that might be a better fit for you.

ConsAutonomy's senior management doesn't seem to know that there are many unhappy employees in the company. While the regional management is doing an excellent job, the senior managers don't seem to care, or be aware of what it takes to keep the employees happy.

Autonomy claims that it will only hire the best. However, excellent people leave the company on a regular basis because they are displeased by the lack of support and understanding from Autonomy's head office.

The senior management seem very quick to try to solve "problems" by throwing the easiest solution at the problem. However, this causes issues in the future because often the quickest solution isn't the best.

Autonomy has very VERY poor communication with its lowest level of employees. Very little information is spread through methods other than "the grapevine" and Autonomy never seems to reveal its mission to its employee base. I would guess that most employees have no idea what the company's goals are.

Autonomy has no long term benifits package. This means that if you plan on working with Autonomy for a long time you better make sure you have your own retirement savings.

Advice to Senior ManagementI would suggest that senior management begin looking at ways of increasing employee morale. As far as I can tell, there are many unhappy people. I suggest that senior management hire a "employee survey" company to try and figure out what their employees want. Autonomy doesn't seem to realize that monetary rewards are very little incentive for an employee to stay with a company.

In additon to this, Autonomy needs to firmly establish a set of goals or a mission statement for the company. Also, communication needs to be done through official channels and on a regular basis. I suggest that Autonomy consider regular company wide meetings to ensure that all employees are "on the same page". Ideally, these meeting would involve a video conference service so that senior management can be seen and heard through the world. In fact, each meeting should feature an divison of the company (Virage, Zantaz, Cardiff, etc). This would allow everyone to see what is being worked on in the various divisions.

Hopefully the senior management can understand, happy employees are some of the best sales people available. If you are excited about going to work, you will tell everyone about it.

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No intent to work hard for this company

Principal Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Sunnyvale, CA (US)

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

ProsKnew that working on litigation software was the right business direction

ConsDidn't treat employees respectfully. Slave driving parent company that didn't value the competency of company that it purchased. Employees felt they were treated as second class citizens, only be told what to do, instead of integrating with main company

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

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Nice Technology Company

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Autonomy

ProsFull of smart people. Young Company. Good benefits

ConsNot very transparent. Long working hours. Management not responsive

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A great place to work for some, but not what I signed up for

Technical Consultant (Former Employee)
London, England (UK)

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

Pros- good work life balance
- excellent project managers from HP recently brought in
- stable career
- good line managers

Cons- There was not a Christmas party this year - the norm before the takeover was for the company to hire a jet, fly us out and put us up in a 5* hotel for the weekend.
- Free Friday lunch has been cancelled
- pigeon holed into learning about technologies which are likely to be torn apart and rebuilt over the coming years
- salary increases are fairly non existent
- some of the technology is fairly dated.

Advice to Senior Management- create a graduate scheme with clear learning objectives and cash incentives to stay for X years.
-hire UI developers to create a cross platform easily configurable UI for IDOL

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

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Still needs to organize, streamline and sort out product problems

Account Executive (Current Employee)

I have been working at Autonomy full-time for more than a year

Proslots of work flexibility, interesting technology, with a big push and support from the wider HP. great office locations, and a lot of investment in training/personal development

Constoo many product issues lead to more discussions with irate clients than selling to new ones. too many product divisions and sales groups leads to huge internal collaboration problems. Base compensation below industry average

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great opportunity

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Autonomy

Prosinteresting technology, great people free Friday lunch

Consupper management but they've all left since HP acquisition

Advice to Senior Managementto HP leadership, keep selling and investing in the Autonomy products

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Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Autonomy full-time

ProsReally unique technology with impressive executives and previous sucess.

ConsSales team was largely ignored, tight quarters with little to no management

Advice to Senior ManagementPlease take time to more formely train new new business development executives to ensure they're on teh right path.

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Great company, needs better execution after multiple management transitions

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Autonomy full-time

ProsVery knowledgeable and talented group of people

ConsManagement lacked long term vision.

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