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Autonomy Reviews

Updated 16 January, 2015
Updated 16 January, 2015
335 Reviews
2.5
335 Reviews
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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
  • maybe that the upper management could have more direction in what they are doing (in 19 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Not Bad

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Autonomy

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Good first work experiance after coming from University

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Programmer in Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - Programmer in Calgary, AB

    I worked at Autonomy as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good 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.

    Cons

    Tasks 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 ManagementAdvice

    More opportunities to switch between projects

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 7 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Support Specialist in Calgary, AB
    Current Employee - Technical Support Specialist in Calgary, AB

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Pros

    Autnomy'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.

    Cons

    Autonomy'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 ManagementAdvice

    I 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.

    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    HP Autonomy is struggling to create and sell products that "MOVE THE NEEDLE"

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Information Technology in Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Information Technology in Boston, MA (US)

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Pros

    Many good people, low pressure, decent pay

    Cons

    Lack of product investment, several layoffs, hard to know what's next and when

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent, if you are going to kill a product - Just do it !!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    I arrived at the party late

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Plano, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Plano, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Hp has good brand recogntion

    Cons

    Compared to other software firms

    No Strong direction or ethos
    Variable pay and reward structure seems fairly negligible
    Very bureaucratic and process heavy for everything
    Little day to day perks, subsidized food, coffee cups and etc

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actions matter, talking about investing in the business is more then stock buy backs and layoffs. The software is lacking true identity and vision, it is just figuring out new buzz words to try to sell yesterdays news

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    High stress fast paced sales environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Pros

    High earning potential and now part of HP

    Cons

    Disorganized management structure with high targets

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Autonomy went through multiple acquisitions and a lot of employee has been laid off ... not sure if it finished ...

    Current Employee - Software Support Consultant in Plano, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Software Support Consultant in Plano, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Interesting products. With right / smart management can be progress in the future - with out appropriate management way to nowhere.

    Cons

    You will utilize wide range of knowledge and learn well balancing proportion of IT and Telecom.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management level very from one to another person. People (employee and managers) playing a lot of "job security" tricks ..

  9.  

    A mixed bag of positives and negatives

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Executive
    Current Employee - Sales Executive

    I have been working at Autonomy full-time

    Pros

    For sales, your part of larger sales footprint calling on customers.

    Cons

    Some products are behind competitors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be competitive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    I enjoyed the pay, but was never trained properly & held to unreasonable production standards.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Development Executive in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Business Development Executive in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at Autonomy full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great pay & benefits! Organized sports after work against other company reams here in SF & good morale amongst coworkers. Free catered lunches weekly!

    Cons

    Upper management has a HUGE disconnect between their employees. The sales/BDA goals are extremely unrealistic. I have led my sales team in all my prior positions, but at this company I never hit my weekly quota, nor did 90% of my peers in my department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to know your employees. Spend a day doing what they/we do & see exactly what we are up against & then set production goals based on that. REALISTIC, Attainable Goals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Autonomy, Great Company, Top of the line engineers.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Solutions Support Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Solutions Support Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA (US)

    I worked at Autonomy full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great products, Great employees, Lots of opportunity to grow. Great benefits for Employees.

    Cons

    Needs to improve to catch up with competitors.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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