Autonomy

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Autonomy Reviews

Updated 16 January, 2015
Updated 16 January, 2015
334 Reviews
2.6
334 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. 3 people found this helpful  

    Will never become a big player because they don't treat employees with respect

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA (US)

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Pros

    HP recently purchased them and appears changes are coming (hopefully to management)
    Pay is OK
    They have Free Lunch Fridays

    Cons

    Treat employees poorly
    Management is clueless
    No advancement opportunities
    No HR review process or annual raises (get your money going in because you will never see another dime)
    High turnover rate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a review process for employees and merit increases
    It is hard to keep good people if you do not incent them!
    For the love of god.... contribute more than $1000 annually to 401K. Most real companies match employees contributions!

    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    OK company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA (US)

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Pros

    It has some good technologies and smart peoples. It also pays good after merger with other small companies.

    Cons

    benefits are not good. the company is pretty stringent on everything, from pc, laptop and other stuff. Low benefit matches.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    please offer good benefit packages, good 401k matches. Put more energy on research and development, not only on sales.

    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great technology, way too much micro-management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales in Oakbrook Terrace, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Sales in Oakbrook Terrace, IL (US)

    I worked at Autonomy

    Pros

    Great products and technology
    Strong financials
    Market leader
    Opportunity to make a lot of money

    Cons

    Brutal culture - either fit or you're gone
    Micro management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire professionals and provide latitude to do things their own way

    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    The Computer Associates of England

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA (US)

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Pros

    There are some very smart people working here. Autonomy has interesting core technology and a good story behind it. It continues to grow and is constantly moving.

    Cons

    Autonomy has been swallowing up companies. It doesn't make the best decisions about how to use those resources. Decisions are often made from the top. There is no management structure so communication about important changes are often through the rumor mill.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    average

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Pros

    some good technology and people with a purpose

    Cons

    no communication, no idea where an employee fits into the global scheme of things

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be more employee friendly and transparent

    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Unstructured but successful company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Pros

    Great commission if you are successful

    Cons

    Lackluster training, huge pressure to perform with little ownership of sales process by others.

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    HR policies are messed up

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Pros

    Easy work life.. (old iron mountain type) , no work pressure, like a government job. Nice building, good surroundings. Friday lunches, coffee.!

    Cons

    Iron mountain India is now called Autonomy India (merger), I am an IRM employee who came over to Autonomy.
    When you want to leave Autonomy to go to a different company, be prepared to lose heavily. Remember the IC/RC bonus you were supposed to get? You will not get it any more: if you are in your 2 months notice period. And your bonus for Jan-Dec will be paid next mar/april. So if you want to leave before June 1st, forget the last year's bonus. The 2 months notice period is not something mentioned in the handbook of the company: where it is at will. It is just a HR thing!
    Goodbye suckers, and thanks for all the fish. I am out of here in a week!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please fix HR and finance policies. Make work interesting. Reward top performers more often. reduce red tape and other overhead. Faster releases. Take peer and manager reviews more often.

    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    its wasn't something i would expect

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Boston, MA (US)

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Pros

    Pays good thats about it

    Cons

    They run it like a start up company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To actually have some policy and procedures on what needs to be done. Also to not push everything last minute

    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Come work for Autonomy - a wacky company, but , but what a highly-regarded and successful company if you can put up with

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

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Pros

    - a Cambridge/English company doing things its own way and taking on the world
    - the chance to work with the world's leading companies on genuinely world-beating software
    - Christmas party weekend in a foreign city (Lisbon, Dubrovnik, Venice, Rome...)
    - due to the flat structure, everyone comes in as a manager, managing yourself with only infrequent input from above. Both a pro and con (see below)

    Cons

    - little or no direction from line manager on where this is all going. Entirely unavoidable situation due to the flat structure mentioned above

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - as great as it is to be different and not bow down to conventional ways of doing things, still tone things down a little bit - some of the ways in which the company is run are a little too wacky even for my tastes

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Employees take a back seat..

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA (US)

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Pros

    Tremendous company growth to the point of a startup feel. Aggressive senior management that knows how to pursue deals and market and create technically capable products. Technically superior products.

    Cons

    The focus on employees takes a distant back seat to the focus on growing the company. Employees are burnt out, recognition and compensation and emphasis on training is generally poor or a mixed bag. There is no real emphasis on creating a working environment where people would want to be. Empowerment and support by upper management to middle management is generally poor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show more appreciation to your employees particularly the ones killing themselves to make you successful at all levels.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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