Autonomy
2.0 of 5 301 reviews
www.autonomy.com Cambridge, United Kingdom 1000 to 5000 Employees

Autonomy Reviews

Updated Apr 10, 2014
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38% Approve of the CEO

Autonomy SVP & General Manager Robert Youngjohns

Robert Youngjohns

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17% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Free breakfast Wednesday, free lunch Friday"
    in 33 reviews
  • "Free breakfast on Wednesday and lunch on Fridays"
    in 11 reviews
Cons:
  • "HP executives unresponsive while all the talented Autonomy senior management is gone"
    in 20 reviews
  • "maybe that the upper management could have more direction in what they are doing"
    in 17 reviews
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Run a mile

Sales Director (Former Employee)

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

ProsHP were able to break-up the kangaroo court that ran the company

ConsProducts only ever worked with considerable pro services.
Management tried to rule through intimidation.
Questionable ethics on contract negotiations.
Lots of forgotten promises.
Very few pre and post sales engineers.
A cut and run mentality on closing deals.

Advice to Senior ManagementMy advice to HP is to remove any senior sales management who have been in their roles for more than 3 years.
Get a decent CRM tool.
Get a price list that reps can quote from.
Get a proper pro services organization.
Question why you paid $10bn+ for such a sham of a 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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Bill Hewlett is probably spinning in his grave.

Technical Specialist (Former Employee)
Emea (Indonesia)

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

ProsGood salary
Some very nice people
Good Christmas parties

ConsOld school aggressive sales flogging tired tech that gets buggier and less stable with every release. There's no righting this ship Mr Youngjohns, give it up.

Advice to Senior ManagementHold your hands up and admit you're out your depth managing technical projects.

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

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Making the future out of data

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

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

ProsVery young and dynamic team.

ConsThe management could be improve.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Avoid here, Sales Mgmt nightmare, no interest in Customer Sat, takes large deals away, few ever make 50% of quota

Account Executive (Former Employee)

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

ProsAutonomy does have some outstanding software products that are good and provide value when they are installed and configured correctly.....

Very nice co-workers that will try to help you

Cons*Senior leadership does not care about the satisfaction of their customers.
*They acquire companies, integrate their IDOL technology, significantly reduce the development and support staff, but increase the sales force too large and very few sales people make any good money.
*Terrible customer support
* Sales leadership regularly in group meetings unprofessionally tears sales reps apart verbally.... a real team moral killer.
* The fastest revolving door of good sales people that I have ever witnessed.
* Sales leadership is very direct and aggressive about driving the sales teams to just close the business, take the money and run, whether the customer will benefit from the software or not.
* Many unhappy customers who admit that after they purchased the software they felt abandoned.
*Senior leadership only focused on selling the business to cash out which they did to HP who I believe will regret their decision

Advice to Senior ManagementHP management needs to completely clean house of all senior leadership and completely clean house of all sales leadership and sales managers. They all need to go as soon as possible.

The market for their products does not support the size of their current sales staff headcount which needs to be reduced by at least 50% to allow those that remain to make a living.

Reinvest in technical support teams to improve customer satisfaction

Reinvest in product development to update some of the products which are getting rather old in the tooth from a technology perspective.

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

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Stay well clear!

Sales Executive (Current Employee)
Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

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

ProsThe marketing is top-notch. It basically sells itself.

ConsToo many to list. It was a sinking ship even before HP came along, now it's just hit an Iceberg and shattered in pieces!

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

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Awful environment for sales

Regional Sales Manager (Current Employee)

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

ProsMarket leading compensation rates - realistic top tier was around 15% commission (on $500k+ worth of deals in a single Q).

ConsNo sales support, awful CRM, management and sales reps treated as commodities. Churn and burn environment. NO account ownership - every account is up for grabs, and you'd spend 1/2 your time or more fending off other reps trying to sell the same product to your accounts - potentially from across the country.

Advice to Senior ManagementEnable sales, don't treat them like useless mindless monkeys.

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

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Good people, difficult culture and sales model.

S Account Executive (Former Employee)
Cleveland, OH (US)

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

ProsTechnology is unreal. Good comp plan.

ConsNo territories and very few and very reluctant technical resources.

Advice to Senior ManagementStructure the sales model and hire and train pre-sales tech resources.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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disaster

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

Prosthey'll hire just about anybody

Conssham of a company, as evidenced by the inevitable fallout that has come after the HP acquisition put an end to the phony management. little of real value here, but amazing salesmanship.

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

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OK company but bad management

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Autonomy full-time

ProsFree Friday Lunch, great co-worker

ConsBad Management, and bad management

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Account Executive (Former Employee)
Dallas, TX (US)

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

ProsCame for aggressive comp plan and thought I knew about the culture walking into this role but boy was I was wrong. It was everything and more and that's not good.

ConsEverything you've read about this company is 100% true. Win at all costs is the motto here. Do anything/say anything to get the deal and let someone else worry about the customer satisfaction.

Advice to Senior ManagementNow that HP owns the company I'm sure the toxic culture is being driven out of the Autonomy organization. To the current and former Autonomy management team, check your ego at the door, treat people like you want to be treated, and be honest (to your employees and your customers).

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

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